This Enchanting ‘SkyWalk’ Bridge Lets You Roam Through The Tree Tops In Tennessee

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If you are a nature lover and a travel enthusiast, then the Gatlinburg SkyLift, SkyDeck, and the SkyBridge, situated in the Smoky Mountains, is the perfect place for you. Visiting the Smoky Mountains will give you the perfect opportunity to look at breathtaking mountain sceneries. 

It is said it was home to ancient Paleo Indian tribes. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, founded in 1934, the range is along the Tennessee, North Carolina border in the USA and is a sub-range of the Appalachian Mountains. 

The National Park protects a vast range and is the most visited national park in the USA. It’s one of UNESCO world heritage sites. The park’s job to protect, preserve and share the narratives of developing human life on this land, which consists of about 187,000 acres of virgin forests and cove hardwood forests, considered the most diverse ecosystems in North America.

In around 1954, the Gatlinburg SkyLift opened. Ever since then, it has been a famous attraction located across the street from Ripley’s Believe It or Not in downtown Gatlinburg. It is a destination in every traveler’s to-do-list.

The ride begins from the middle of the town and travels up the top of Crockett Mountain, which is a 500 feet vertical ascension. It takes about 20 minutes for the whole trip, enabling people to experience extraordinary views. They can even stop at the SkyDeck on the mountain top. 

In 2019 the park decided to add the SkyDeck, where people can take in the Smokey Mountains’ gorgeous view while resting on a patio chair. Visitors can even enjoy a mouthwatering snack with a cold beer from the cafe while lying on a patio chair on the deck.

The main highlight is the SkyBridge, spans across 680 feet. The SkyBridge is considered the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. At the midpoint, the bridge reaches about 140 feet in height.

Although the people have moved, there are still traces of their lives in the mountains. You may see mossy lines of old stone walls and old millstones on a walk through the woods.

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Smokie is known for its waterfalls, black bears, wildflowers, the blue-colored mist that hangs from above the mountain peaks and valleys; that’s where it got its name.

Drive on the roads or delve into the woods in the park, and you are likely to come across churches, old houses, tunnels, and drinking fountains, as well as some sturdy stone restrooms.

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Archeologists often find discarded things from past human activity that people have discarded. What most people refer to as trash is not to an archeologist. Broken bones or pots, they can recognize patterns in these items to build a picture of what life was like in the past.

Early in 2020, a tourist managed to crack the transparent glass floor of the suspension bridge, forcing the Gatlinburg, Tennessee, landmark to close for repairs.

The tourist ignored the bridge’s warning sign of “no jumping, running, or bouncing.” According to a news release from the Skylift Park, the guest attempted to do a “baseball-style slide” across glass panels.

The SkyBridge has three glass panels in the middle that allow visitors to see the ground 140 feet below, it stretches 680 feet across a valley in the Great Smokey Mountains.

The glass panels placed periodically along the bridge offer a fantastic view of everything beneath you. Visitors can obtain all-day passes to enjoy all these facilities leisurely. Don’t you think this place is worth visiting? 

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