Scenic Chairlift in Gatlinburg Leads to New Heights in the Smoky Mountains

While the views you have from your Cabins for YOU lodging may allow breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, lush forestry, and serene valleys, there are a few unparalleled views around Gatlinburg you will definitely not want to miss out on. As you slowly ride the open-air Gatlinburg Sky Lift to the summit of Crockett Mountain, all you will want to do is let your eyes wander as miles and miles of expansive mountain skyline appear on the horizon.

Conveniently located right off the parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, the Gatlinburg Sky Lift is a fantastic way to soak in some of the most gorgeous views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Rising 1,800 feet high in the air to the top of Crockett Mountain, you will witness firsthand what it is that brings more visitors to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, than any other vacation destination city in the eastern United States.

As Gatlinburg’s first and oldest chairlift to be constructed in the land of Dixie, the Gatlinburg Sky Lift had already attracted over 100,000 guests within the first 3 seasons of operation! The area’s acclaimed “best seat in the house” carries travelers to the peak of Crockett Mountain. From this peak, watch the rolling mountains meet expansive skies for a heart-stirring view you’ll remember for a lifetime. During the day, soak in miles of Tennessee skyline under the beautiful Tennessee sunshine as mountain peaks cast shadows and appear as an ocean of forestry. The night scenic chairlift experience is a totally different type of view, with the magical city lights and expansive starry skies!

April – Late May: 9am-9pm

Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day: 9am-11pm

Early September – October: 9am-10pm

November – March: 9am-9pm


Groups at the Gatlinburg Sky Lift

If you are travelling with a church group, athletic team, or planning a corporate retreat or large family event (15 or more guests), simply call ahead of your visit so accommodations can be arranged along with a special group rate! Easily accessed along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, it’s a fun, unique, and easy way to let a group explore more of Gatlinburg!

Up-High Views at Ober Gatlinburg

There are other ways to enjoy mountain views while suspended in the air while visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee! While the Gatlinburg Sky Lift is bench seating and open, the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway is different type of lift that may be easier for those who are not so fond of heights. The 120-passenger windowed tram car is a great scenic experience for passengers of all ages. Get even more excitement with your views as the tramcar slowly rises 2 ½ miles up directly into the Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area. As one of America’s largest aerial tramways, you won’t want to miss out on this experience while perusing the streets of downtown Gatlinburg!

NEW scenic views: Anakeesta in Gatlinburg

While you may glide up the chondola’s quad chairlift or 6-person closed-cabin gondola, you can glide down through the forests on the mountain ziplines in the 70-acre aerial adventure park of Anakeesta! Hitch a ride on the convenient 12-minute lift ride from downtown Gatlinburg to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain for a unique outdoor experience fairly new to the Smoky Mountain area. Step off the chairlift and into the magical treehouse wonderland, Firefly Village.

Lean back into your rocking chair as you the warmth from the stone fire pit heats the cool, crisp mountain air. Take in the serene views of the rolling mountains while sipping on a warm coffee by the peaceful fish pond just beyond the Firefly Village shops. In the sunny Tennessee afternoon, walk hand in hand through the rope bridges of the Tree Canopy Walk for bird’s-eye views of the lush mountain forestry. Catch a selfie in the acclaimed “best selfie spot in the Smokies” with miles of majestic mountains in the background beyond the viewing patio. Beginning in the winter season of 2017, visitors can fly down the mountainside in the Alpine Mountain Coaster, gliding along the twists and turns at adrenaline-pumping speeds!

Monday through Friday open daily at 10 a.m.

Saturday and Sunday open at 9 a.m.

*The park closes according to seasonal hours, for detailed, up-to-date information simply call 865-325-2400.



Newfound Gap Road

The Smoky Mountains beckon every wandering soul to explore her majestic beauty from every viewpoint one can find! Along the famous Newfound Gap road, connecting Gatlinburg to the Native American city of Cherokee, North Carolina, there are numerous openings in the thick, lush forestry expanding into long and large horizons filled with incredible mountain views. The road narrows as it winds through the woods along numerous streams, but roadside accommodations are available to park the car and allow your mind to awe in wonder of the beauty of untouched nature.

Gatlinburg Space Needle

The towering Gatlinburg Space Needle located in the heart of Gatlinburg watches over the mountain city from 470 feet above ground. The observation deck, accessible by 2 elevators, provides enough space for 20 Smoky Mountain visitors to take in 360-degree views of the beautiful city and the surrounding mountains that line her limits. With the aid of a free view-finder, gaze across the ocean of forestry speckled with the city’s Swedish mountain-style architecture and attractions. With the very affordable ticket to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, visitors are afforded even more than a spectacular view! The Higher Learning Exhibits provide tons of interesting and cherished historical information on the gateway city to the Smoky Mountains, along with 25,000 square foot arcade at the base of the needle!

Tickets purchased for the Gatlinburg Space Needle include 2 rides to the Observation Deck, free access to the view-finder, and access to the Higher Learning Exhibits! It’s even open 365 days a year! If you are traveling with a church group, class, or company, there are great group ticket discounts, as well!

From the Cabin Deck

Cabins for YOU boasts a plethora of cabins with jaw-dropping views accessible only footsteps from your cozy cabin bedroom. Take advantage of the serenity found on the back porch of your cabin and finally finish that book, write those work emails you have been putting off, or bond with that special someone who deserves more of your time. In such a peaceful, glorious setting you can enjoy a slower pace of life – with the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains.