As the newest addition to the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, the SkyTrail provides visitors with a scenic walkway to explore the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. The trail is split into three sections, each offering a unique learning experience and view. Here is everything you need to know about the new Gatlinburg SkyTrail:
What to Expect
The SkyTrail is a scenic walkway that connects each end of the famous SkyBridge and provides guests with the opportunity to take a relaxing walk through the mountains. The trail is just over one-third of a mile long, making it short enough for all members of the family to enjoy. It is also pet-friendly so you can bring your dog along on the adventure! One of the best things about the new addition is it provides the same amazing views for those who do not want to venture out on the SkyBridge. Just to note, only the Elevated-Boardwalk section of the trail remains open after dark.
Three Unique Sections
The Gatlinburg SkyTrail is broken up into three different sections, each one providing different features and views. The Elevated-Boardwalk portion of the trail is a wooden walkway that cuts underneath the SkyBridge. During this part of the attraction, you will learn a lot about the construction of the SkyLift Park, plus never before seen details about the tragic wildfires that consumed much of the Smokies back in 2016. Fun fact, the area where the SkyTrail has been built was one of the hardest hit areas during the fires.
The next section of the trail you will come to is the Tulip Tower. It is a steel tower that is placed in the back of the ravine. To reach the top, you and your family will take one of two rope bridges. Once you reach the peak, you will be amazed by the glorious scene. During the trek, you will learn more about the history of The Tulip Tower and the Smoky Mountains. Last, but certainly not least, you have The Path. This is the non-boardwalk part of the trail that is cut into the natural hillside. This section of the hike is dedicated to the construction of the Gatlinburg SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian cable bridge in North America.
Other Fun Activities
After you check out the SkyTrail, be sure to spend some time exploring the other thrilling activities at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. If you need a place to sit and relax for a little bit, the SkyDeck is the spot for you! There are rocking chairs set up around the deck where you can hang out and still see all the action that is going on around the park. Grab a snack or a craft beer and take in the beautiful view of the Smokies!
Once you are finished exploring, take a ride back down the mountain on the famous Gatlinburg SkyLift. It was the first four-season chairlift in the South and to this day is still one of Gatlinburg’s biggest landmarks. Open since 1954, the chairlift has been delivering rides with the most amazing views of the Smoky Mountains for over half a century!
Now that you know more about the new Gatlinburg SkyTrail, be sure to check out all the other fun things to do while you are in the Smokies! We look forward to seeing you soon!