Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge in US set to open in Gatlinburg

A new experience is coming to the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg.

The SkyBridge is set to open on May 17 and will be the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America when it opens. It will also be the third longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world.

The bridge, which is being billed as the most spectacular experience in the Smokies, will be apart of the newly expanded Gatlinburg SkyDeck in the heart of the city.

The Gatlinburg SkyLift has been a Gatlinburg icon since 1954.

After riding up to the top Crockett Mountain on the Gatlinburg SkyLift, you will see the Skybridge as it stretches 680 feet. Guests will be able to walk across at their own pace to take in the views.

At the midpoint, the bridge has a height of 140 feet, and will feature glass floor panels in the middle of the span.

The Gatlinburg SkyLift offered a couple of glimpses of the experience on their YouTube Channel. You can check out the videos below:

Also opening on May 17 will be an expanded SkyDeck. It will be the first time since the devastating fires in 2016 that visitors to the Skylift will be able to get off at the top of Crockett Mountain to walk around and take in the views of the Smokies.

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Matt is a lifelong resident of the High Country - where he still resides with his wife and son in Roan Mountain, TN. After graduating from East Tennessee State University in 2010 and prior to joining the Appnet family in 2013, he worked for four years as the sports information director at a local Christian college. Matt also has worked for a variety of local newspapers as a sports writer and photographer - something that he still does in the evenings and weekends. In addition to writing and photography, Matt enjoys all types of sports, cooking and traveling.