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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Gatlinburg Skylift Park opens its SkyBridge suspension bridge next week, but we have a sneak peek.

The Gatlinburg SkyBridge is 680 feet long — nearly two football fields — and is the longest pedestrian bridge in North America. The bridge has glass foot panels at its highest point.

The new additions include the SkyDeck, a large observation area, with a snack shop and bar, gift shop and plenty of seating to enjoy the vistas.

“The Gatlinburg SkyLift is an instantly recognizable landmark in the downtown area, and we wanted to preserve its history and all treasured memories in our expansion,” said Randy Watson, general manager, in a news release. “The wildfires destroyed the iconic chairlift and shop, and rebuilding has been a labor of love for our team. We’re proud to say that the ‘Best Seat in Gatlinburg’ is back and better than ever with these breathtaking new additions.”

Tickets for the Gatlinburg SkyLift are available in downtown Gatlinburg and visitors have access to all its attractions for one price.

SkyLift Park is a longtime Gatlinburg attraction that opened in 1954. It carries guests from downtown up 500 vertical feet to the top of Crockett Mountain. 

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