One of the best ways to appreciate the Great Smoky Mountains is on a scenic chairlift ride in Gatlinburg! These ski lift style attractions take you high into the sky so that you can enjoy gorgeous panoramic views for miles. Since these are slow-paced rides, your entire family can experience them together, and everyone from kids to grandparents can participate! Here are some of the scenic chairlift attractions in Gatlinburg TN that you should experience during your vacation:
1. Scenic Chairlift at Ober Gatlinburg
The Scenic Chairlift at Ober Gatlinburg is a peaceful ride that takes you on a journey to the peak of Mount Harrison, where you can see as far as Douglas Lake on a clear day! This chairlift also provides a breathtaking view of Mount LeConte, so be sure to bring your camera along for the adventure! The Scenic Chairlift at Ober Gatlinburg is the longest chairlift of its kind in the United States and is open all year for your enjoyment. Just keep in mind that guests who are ages 6 and under must be with an adult 18 years or older. This attraction is included with the Premium Wristband at Ober Gatlinburg or you can purchase an individual ticket to the chairlift.
2. Chondola at Anakeesta
The Chondola at Anakeesta is certainly one of the most unique attractions in Gatlinburg TN as it is the world’s only fixed grip transportation system where you can choose to ride in an enclosed gondola or a traditional chairlift! This scenic ride takes you up 600 feet to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain where you can enjoy a variety of activities, including the Dueling Zipline, Rail Runner mountain coaster and Treetop Skywalk. As you glide along, you will soar above a historic campus and natural habitat that is home to many forest friends. If you are quiet and lucky enough, you might even spot a bear! Your general admission to Anakeesta provides unlimited access to the Chondola all day long.
3. Gatlinburg SkyLift
The Gatlinburg SkyLift is an iconic attraction on the Parkway that originally opened in 1954, but was recently renovated into a smooth and comfortable 3 seat chairlift. After departing from the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, you will soar 500 vertical feet to the top of Crockett Mountain for the best views in town! Once you reach the peak, you can step off to explore the expansive new SkyDeck or to walk across the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. When you are ready for your ride back down, simply hop back on the chairlift and prepare for the incredible views throughout your journey! The Gatlinburg SkyLift is part of the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, and tickets provide all-day access to the SkyLift, SkyBridge and SkyDeck.
Where to Stay
Stay close to these chairlift attractions in Gatlinburg TN with a vacation at the Edgewater Hotel! Our affordable hotel is within easy walking distance of the Chondola and Gatlinburg SkyLift, as well as the Aerial Tramway that takes you up to Ober Gatlinburg. We have a variety of comfortable room types to meet your needs, including Jacuzzi rooms and suites. While staying with us, enjoy a variety of excellent amenities such as a free hot continental breakfast, private balconies, an indoor/outdoor heated pool and more!
Check out all of the rooms at our Gatlinburg hotel today to stay just minutes away from these scenic chairlift attractions in Gatlinburg TN! We look forward to seeing you soon!