5 Ways to Elevate your Gatlinburg Experience
The scenery in Gatlinburg is an elevating experience! While Gatlinburg rests at an elevation of about 1,300 feet, the scenery towers all around the little mountain hamlet. But don’t let that get you down (pun intended). Elevate your Gatlinburg experience from one of these spectacular high places in town.
From anywhere in town, visitors can look over and see Mount LeConte standing at an imposing elevation of 6,593 ft. The difference in elevation between the city and Mount LeConte is one vertical mile, which is the largest contrast of its type in the eastern half of the country. For spectacular views of the Smokies and beyond, lace up your boots and hike to the top of Mount LeConte by a number of different trails, all of which are more than a mile long! Read more about Mount LeConte on our blog here.
The next highest of the overlooks in Gatlinburg is Mount Harrison – the highest peak at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park. Getting there is part of the adventure! From downtown Gatlinburg, hop aboard the 120 passenger Aerial Tramway for a 2.1-mile ride to Ober Gatlinburg. From there, take the 10-minute ride on the Scenic Chairlift to the top of Mount Harrison, elevation 3,600 ft. Relax and enjoy the views and live bluegrass music. The state of Tennessee installed a special scenic viewer outfitted with color vision deficiency technology at the summit. Colorblind people who have never seen the full spectrum of fall colors can now see the carpets of color on the mountains through these viewers.
The newest high point in Gatlinburg is Anakeesta’s AnaVista Tower. The 55-foot-tall tower stands at 1,944 ft in elevation and 655 ft above Gatlinburg. Shaped like a flower opening to the sun, the tower stands in the middle of the lush Vista Gardens. Interpretive signage provides insight into the 360-degree views surrounding you from the tower top. Your journey to Anakeesta begins with a scenic ride from downtown Gatlinburg to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain on the one of a kind Chondola or Ridge Rambler. Family-friendly activities include the Treetop Skywalk, dual-racing zip lines, mountain coaster and the new TreeVenture Challenge Course for kids of all ages.
Gatlinburg Sky Lift
Since 1954, the Gatlinburg SkyLift has been sweeping visitor’s 518 feet up to the top of Crockett Mountain. Generations of families have enjoyed the bird’s eye view of the city and a panoramic look at the top three peaks in the Great Smoky Mountains: Clingman’s Dome standing the tallest at 6,643 ft, Mt. Guyot at 6,621 ft and the imposing Mount LeConte coming in just a bit lower at 6,594 ft.
While you are there, take in the views from the SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. Spanning 680 ft, and a height of 140 feet at its midpoint, the SkyBridge is an incredible but easily attainable experience you’ll remember for a lifetime – especially as you cross the glass-floor panels in the middle of the span.
Gatlinburg Space Needle
For one of the most extraordinary views of Gatlinburg and the Smokies ride to the top of the Space Needle. Topping out at 407 ft, you can ride an all-glass elevator to the observation deck for an awe-inspiring 360-degree view of Gatlinburg. While it’s fun in summer, the Space Needle is always open, 365 days per year.
There is no end to the scenery in Gatlinburg and numerous ways to find a unique vantage point for taking in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.
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