The Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge in the U.S. Has Drop-dead Gorgeous Views of the Smoky Mountains (Video)
There’s now one more reason to head to Tennessee this summer.
On Friday, May 17, the SkyBridge, located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, opens for public use. And sure, it may just look like any other bridge at first glance, but look closer, as it’s actually the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the United States, according to the bridge's developers.
Stretching 680 feet across a valley in the Great Smoky Mountains, SkyBridge will soon be an attraction for adventurous travelers. Though, be warned: If you're afraid of heights this bridge isn't for you as it’s suspended 140 feet above the ground.
According to CNN, the SkyBridge is part of the larger Skylift Park. At the park, guests can walk across the bridge, or take a chairlift some five hundred vertical feet above the ground starting in Gatlinburg and ending at the top of Crockett Mountain (the ride costs $15 per adult and $12 for children).
When the new bridge opens guests can take all the time they need to calm their nerves, take a few photos, or just take it all in during the walk across. From the bridge, visitors can also find stunning views of both downtown Gatlinburg and all the hills among the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
“From the top of the Gatlinburg SkyLift, the SkyBridge quite literally crosses the sky as it stretches 680 feet across a deep valley,” the park explains on its site. “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. 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. If there's one photo you'll want to share with family and friends after your trip to Gatlinburg, it will be of the SkyBridge.”
Think you have the stomach for it? Start planning your visit there, and to the rest of Tennessee, now.