Gatlinburg SkyBridge: Nation's longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in Tennessee

Published: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 3:40 AM
Updated: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

The Nation's Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge Opening in Tennessee

If you love heights, this is one tourist attraction you won't want to miss.

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According to CNN, the country's longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens May 17 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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>> Watch a video of the attraction here

The 680-foot-long SkyBridge is part of the newly renovated SkyLift Park at the top of Crockett Mountain. 

>> See a photo of the bridge here

"Guests will be able to walk across at their own pace, taking in the views and enjoying the spectacular setting before walking back when they're ready," the SkyBridge website says. "With a height of 140 feet at its midpoint, the SkyBridge is an absolutely spectacular but easily attainable experience you'll remember for a lifetime – especially as you cross the glass-floor panels in the middle of the span."

>> See the glass panels here

In recent years, only one part of the attraction has been open for business: the SkyLift, a chairlift that takes visitors from downtown Gatlinburg to the the mountaintop and back. Since deadly wildfires ravaged the area in November 2016, operators haven't allowed passengers to get off the lift at the top of the mountain, WBIR-TV reported.

But that's about to change. In addition to the bridge, the updated park will have an observation deck, a gift shop, and a snack shop and bar, WVLT-TV reported.

>> Check out the view here

No reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased at the base of the SkyLift. Adult tickets are $19.95 per person, with seniors 65-plus paying $17.95 per person. Tickets for children ages 4-11 are $14.95 per child and children ages 3 and under enjoy free admission.  

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