Red white and blue flags decorate Gatlinburg Sky Lift
Attractions in Gatlinburg

Enjoy Beautiful Views of the Smokies on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift!

It is no secret that most folks come to the Smoky Mountains to enjoy the most amazing scenery in the country. Get ready to take your viewing experience to new heights by riding the recently reopened Gatlinburg Sky Lift! After being closed for five months after the wildfires in late 2016, this exciting attraction is once again open and better than ever! Read on to find out more about how you can enjoy beautiful views of the Smokies on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift:

What to Expect

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift takes riders on a spectacular 500 feet journey to the top of 1,800 foot high Crockett Mountain. At the top of the lift, the chairs slowly circle back around for the exhilarating and scenic trip down the mountain. The area is surrounded on three sides by the natural beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park where you can view the lush forests and stunning mountain vistas!

Gatlinburg Sky Lift and Gatlinburg Space NeedleHistory of the Attraction

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift opened in 1954 and fell victim to the wildfires that devastated Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains on November 28, 2016. The entire area surrounding the attraction was burned, with the most severe damage at the top of the mountain with the sky deck and gift shop. Prior to the wildfires, the owners of the Gatlinburg Sky Lift had talked about upgrading the lift chairs from two-seaters to three-seaters. Once the damage had occurred, a decision was made to make the upgrade and a new set of 92 yellow chairs were installed. Although the construction of the new Sky Deck observation area is still underway, visitors can once again ride this iconic Gatlinburg attraction!

Hours and Pricing

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift opens daily at 9 AM and closes anywhere between 9 PM and 11 PM depending upon the season. Note that hours and operations are weather permitting, so feel free to contact the Gatlinburg Sky Lift prior to your visit by calling (865) 436-4307. The current pricing is $16 per ride for adults, or unlimited rides for a day for just $18! Child tickets are $13 per ride or $14 for unlimited rides. There are also military discounts available so be sure to bring your military ID for a reduced price!

Location Information

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift is conveniently located at 765 Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg! There are plenty of parking facilities within easy walking distance of the attraction.

Where To Stay

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Take a look at all of our cabins in Gatlinburg today to stay near the Gatlinburg Sky Lift! We hope to see you soon at Aunt Bug’s cabin Rentals!