Gatlinburg SkyLift Park – My Bear Foot Cabins

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park


The Gatlinburg SkyLift Park has added more attractions that will make you want to ride this Gatlinburg tradition! In addition to the SkyLift, visitors can walk across the Gatlinburg SkyBridge and relax on the SkyDeck. After riding to the top on the Gatlinburg SkyLift, you will exit onto the SkyDeck to see incredible mountain views. The suspended SkyBridge is just steps away.

Gatlinburg SkyBridge

The newest addition to the Gatlinburg SkyLift is the SkyBridge. It is the longest suspension pedestrian bridge in North America, stretching 680 feet over a valley. At midpoint of the bridge, you’ll walk across 15 feet of glass panels that stand 140 feet above the forest floor. The SkyBridge is 5 feet wide, providing plenty of room to walk comfortably. You’ll see downtown Gatlinburg and the peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Gatlinburg SkyDeck

Between the SkyBridge and the SkyLift, you can spend some time on the SkyDeck located at the top of Crockett Mountain. See views of the mountains and downtown Gatlinburg you won’t see anywhere else. There is a man made waterfall feature for another photo opportunity before browsing the gift shop, getting drinks from the bar or snacks from the cafe.

Gatlinburg SkyLift

To get to these exciting attractions, you get to ride the traditional Gatlinburg SkyLift. After you enjoy the SkyDeck and SkyBridge, you will ride back down the mountain into downtown Gatlinburg.


The SkyCenter is also at the top of Crockett Mountain. It’s here that you’ll be able to grab your souvenir photo (the one that was professionally taken for you at the top of your SkyLift journey). There are a lot of other fun gifts and snacks to purchase here, too.

From the cozy inside bar, you can gaze out over the mountains and enjoy the breathtaking view. This is also a great way to cool down if you’ve been outside in the southern heat all day.

Take your snack out onto the SkyDeck, and don’t forget to grab some souvenirs before you head back down the mountain. The Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is a trip you’ll definitely want to remember.

When to visit: Put the SkyCenter in the middle of your park day. It’s a great recharging station.


The top of the summit marks the Gatlinburg SkyPark. Spend your day perusing the top of the mountain and enjoy a view that most people never get to experience. The park doesn’t close until 10 pm, so you can spend a good deal of time up here soaking in the scenery if you choose to. 

There are no limits or guidance up here, the adventure is up to you! So feel free to dash around or leisurely stroll by, whatever helps you get your fill of the mountain.

A visit to the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is a great yearly tradition. You won’t want to travel through Tennessee without seeing it at least once. The SkyPark is continually adding new attractions and activities, so be sure to check it out again if you ever head back in that direction.


The SkyTrail is now open for spectacular views from a mountain-hugging trail. The SkyTrail connects the two ends of the SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian cable bridge in North America. The trail gives you even more ways to enjoy breathtaking vistas over Gatlinburg and the Smokies. 

The SkyTrail follows the contours of Crockett Mountain and is a half wooden boardwalk and half paved walkway. Both are easy strolls and dogs are welcome. The trail leads to the new Tulip Tower, where four platforms offer ever-higher viewing experiences.

The Tulip Tower is a 70′ steel tower set in the back of the ravine accessed by two rope bridges and features four elevated viewing platforms.  There is a special story behind the theme and story of this tower, with information on each level.  At the top of the tower, enjoy a very unique view of the Smokies and the iconic SkyBridge.  This is an adventure for all ages!  The Tulip Tower is currently open for daytime use only.  

History of the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

In the 1950s, a local inn owner asked a ski lift constructor to build a ski lift on his property. A ski lift was purchased in California, disassembled, and brought back to East Tennessee. The lift was reconstructed where it stands today. The Gatlinburg SkyLift has gone through changes over the last few decades, but the nostalgia of riding this traditional attraction remains. And the new additions to the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park make it bigger and better than ever.


Stay at one of the My Bearfoot Cabins for a truly unforgettable vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Pat and Don Kirchhoefer, owners