The nation’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge has been a big hit since it opened May 17.
The 680-foot-long SkyBridge is part of the recently renovated SkyLift Park at the top of Crockett Mountain in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
In addition to the bridge, the park includes the SkyLift to give you a scenic ride up the mountain; the SkyCenter with a cafe, gift shop and bar; and the SkyDeck , which has a firepit and seating for those not looking to explore the bridge.
Here are some tips to make your visit not only easier, but also less expensive.
When to visit
SkyLift Park is open every day, weather permitting, except Christmas Day. Since a ticket is valid all day, you can come and go as you like. For example, the best times to walk across the bridge are in the morning and at night: The crowds are smaller and the view during each of those crossings will be very different.
SkyLift Park opens at 9 a.m. all yearlong. Through Labor Day, it doesn’t close until 11 p.m. However, the ticket window closes at 10 p.m., with the last chair going up the mountain at 10:30. The SkyBridge closes at 10:30, as well. According to the park’s website, any ticket bought after 9 p.m. is good the next day. Hours for the rest of the year can be found here.
How to get tickets
You can walk up to the ticket window and purchase admission to the park, but it’s easier to buy online. Buying your ticket online allows you to bypass the ticket window. You can stroll right up to a greeter, who will tell you where you can redeem your ticket. Also, buying your ticket online at least two days in advance will save you 17%, or $4 off the regular adult admission of $23.
A spur-of-the-moment trip doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pay full price, however. Other discounts are available:
- Senior discount: $2 off original price of $21.95
- Military discount: $2 discount. Show your military ID at the ticket window
- Sevier County resident discount: $5 discount. Present proof of residency
- Group discount: Available for groups of 20 or more with advance reservations. You can get rate information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to bring/leave home
Strollers are not allowed at SkyLift Park. You can store your stroller at the SkyLift until you return back down the mountain.
No animals are allowed, either — even service dogs. “Our policy is supported by industry and federal regulations and is based on legitimate safety requirements that are necessary for safe operation of the facility,” the park’s website states. “These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.”
Wheelchairs are permitted on the SkyDeck and lower level of the SkyCenter, but not on the SkyBridge.
While you’re there ...
While you’re in the area, why not make a weekend of it? Dollywood is nearby, in Pigeon Forge.
Dollywood has won the amusement industry's Golden Ticket award for friendliest park the past six years, best shows for nine years running, best Christmas event for 10 years running, best food four out of the past seven years and was ranked as the third best park in the world.
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