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See the Smokies from the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

ober gatlinburg aerial tramway

Located in the heart of Gatlinburg is a chance to rise to the top of the mountains and see the valley and surrounding peaks for miles around this gorgeous area. A trip up the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway offers visitors young and old, skiers or not, the chance to take in the breathtaking Smoky Mountain views, and summit the Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area.

This central Gatlinburg attraction is a large part of what makes visiting the Smoky Mountains such a treat all year round, whether the mountains are snow covered, or the leaves of fall are changing. Whether you’re the outdoorsy type or not, you’ll certainly find something amusing to do at the top of the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway.

About Ober Gatlinburg

The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway is one of the main attractions at his great amusement park and ski area, which is open to the public year round. The ski area is usually open from mid December through early March from 9 AM to 10 PM seven days a week, depending on when the snow falls. If you love to get out on the slopes in the winter, there are few places as charming and fun to do it than at Ober Gatlinburg, with the option of either day passes or some rad night skiing. The ski area is fully equipped with a terrain park, equipment rentals, and lessons for every skill level.

When the ski mountain is closed for the season, it turns into a three season amusement park with an alpine slide, scenic chairlift rides, wildlife encounters, ice skating, a carousel, arcade and chair swing, and even a giant water slide and a mini golf course. Guests can pay per attraction, or buy tickets to enjoy multiple fun games!

Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

This 2.1 mile ride up the mountain leaves daily from downtown Gatlinburg at the intersection of Parkway and LeConte Streets. It is one of America’s largest tramways carrying 120 passengers in its two counterbalanced cars from 9:30 AM to 6:40 PM daily and through 7:40 PM on Saturdays. Adult ticket prices are $12 with a $5 rebate when you purchase a ski ticket in the winter months. Children ages 5 to 11 cost $9.50, and those 4 and under are completely free!  

Before the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway was built in 1972 skiers had to drive the precarious road up the snow covered Mt Harrison to the ski area, which opened in 1962. The mountain finally announced their feat to build a safer way up the mountain that would also open its beauty up to more than just the daring skier. Now in just 20 minutes passengers can make the 11,088 feet climb to the peak – and millions have.


If you visit the Smoky Mountains frequently and have yet to ride the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway, we definitely recommend you move it to the top of your list, no matter what time of year it is. Whether you’re headed here to enjoy the beautiful month of October, or are looking for a place to appreciate some snow covered mountains for the holidays, the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway will only add to your experience of the area’s beauty.

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