Highliners to Cross Crockett Mountain Gap in Celebration of Gatlinburg SkyTrail Grand Opening
An unforgettable highline performance you can't miss!
Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, offering premier views of the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park since 1954, will host highline team Rucksack Circus where performers will
walk a line suspended 150 feet, on Oct. 17 and 18 for multiple shows throughout the weekend for
its SkyWalk event.
For its first performance in Tennessee, the highline team will anchor its line on each side of the
mountains, running alongside the SkyBridge, and will span approximately 75 yards on the bridge’s
city side. During each performance, a member of the highline team will provide commentary and
will be available for guest questions. Guests can also try line-walking themselves on a short line on
Highlining is the act of walking on webbing generally made of nylon or polyester, called a line, at
great heights, but differs from traditional tightrope walking in several areas. Lines are rigged to a
much lower tension, usually 1000 pounds or less, which can cause the line to swing and bounce
freely making for very dynamic movements. Additionally, performers do not walk with a balance
pole or any stabilizing lines attached to the line.
“Walking on a highline is much more of a moving meditation than about adrenaline chasing,” says
Thomas Rogers of Rucksack Circus. “You really enter into a flow state when on the line.“
Gatlinburg SkyLift Park will also be officially opening the Gatlinburg SkyTrail, which offers a scenic
walkway connecting both sides of the SkyBridge, as it follows the contours and slope of Crockett
From the trail visitors can enjoy scenic views of the world-famous SkyBridge, with the length and
height of the bridge on full display and the Great Smoky Mountains in the distance. The
easy-to-walk, family-friendly trail can be walked in either direction, with the east side constructed
of a wooden boardwalk and the west side a natural pathway. The trail will also include covered rest
areas and elevated platforms with interpretive signage to learn more about the SkyBridge, SkyLift
and history of the city, such as the wildfires that swept through the area in 2016. The opening of the
trail will officially make the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park "dog-friendly," with dogs allowed to walk the
For detailed hours and more information regarding the park’s health and safety measures, visit
About Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
Founded in 1954, Gatlinburg SkyLift Park offers stunning views and unforgettable experiences in
East Tennessee. The Gatlinburg SkyLift carries guests from the heart of town up five hundred
vertical feet to the top of Crockett Mountain. Renovated in 2019, Gatlinburg SkyLift Park now offers
a SkyDeck observation area and SkyBridge—the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North
America—to the millions of people who visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year.
For more information, visit www.gatlinburgskylift.com.