The Gatlinburg Sky Lift is Open Again!

view of downtown Gatlinburg

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift is welcoming visitors once again! The Sky Lift attraction originally opened in 1954, but has recently been closed due to reconstruction.

The new Gatlinburg Sky Lift is a little bit different than the Sky Lift you may remember. The new ride has 92 chairs and each chair can seat up to 3 people! In addition, the Sky Lift is a bit taller than before, so you will actually reach about 10 feet taller at the highest point of the ride.

The View from the Gatlinburg Sky Lift

You don’t want to miss the views from the Gatlinburg Sky Lift! You’ll get views of the Great Smoky Mountains as well as views of downtown Gatlinburg.

The great thing about this ride is that you can ride during the daytime or after the sun sets at night. If you want to experience both views, we recommend purchasing the Unlimited Tickets.

view from Gatlinburg sky liftGatlinburg Sky Deck Opening Soon

For now, the Gatlinburg Sky Lift is a continuous ride up and down the mountain. The Gatlinburg Sky Deck is set to reopen in fall 2018. When it opens, you’ll be able to get off of the chair at the top of the ride where you can take more pictures or explore the gift shop. We have heard they are even adding a restaurant at the Sky Deck, so you will be able to take in the beautiful views while you enjoy a meal.

Gatlinburg Sky Lift Prices

Adult Tickets
Regular ticket: $12
Unlimited: $14
Military: $10
Military Unlimited: $12

Child Tickets
Regular ticket: $9
Unlimited: $10
Military: $8
Military Unlimited: $9

What are the Gatlinburg Sky Lift hours?View of downtown Gatlinburg lit up at night

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift opens daily at 9 a.m., but closing times vary.
April – June: Closes at 9 p.m.
July – August: Closes at 11 p.m.
September – October: Closes at 10 p.m.
November – March: Closes at 9 p.m.

For more information about the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, visit their official website:

The Sky Lift sees over 400,000 visitors each year so we hope you’ll be one of the visitors this year! In the meantime, you can start planning your vacation by browsing through all of our Gatlinburg cabin rentals.

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