PHOTOS: The amazing Gatlinburg SkyBridge suspension bridge

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Gatlinburg Skylift Park opens its SkyBridge suspension bridge next week, but we have a sneak peek.

The Gatlinburg SkyBridge is 680 feet long — nearly two football fields — and is the longest pedestrian bridge in North America. The bridge has glass foot panels at its highest point.

The new additions include the SkyDeck, a large observation area, with a snack shop and bar, gift shop and plenty of seating to enjoy the vistas.

“The Gatlinburg SkyLift is an instantly recognizable landmark in the downtown area, and we wanted to preserve its history and all treasured memories in our expansion,” said Randy Watson, general manager, in a news release. “The wildfires destroyed the iconic chairlift and shop, and rebuilding has been a labor of love for our team. We’re proud to say that the ‘Best Seat in Gatlinburg’ is back and better than ever with these breathtaking new additions.”

Tickets for the Gatlinburg SkyLift are available in downtown Gatlinburg and visitors have access to all its attractions for one price.

SkyLift Park is a longtime Gatlinburg attraction that opened in 1954. It carries guests from downtown up 500 vertical feet to the top of Crockett Mountain. 

Would you get butterflies? This is the Gatlinburg SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian bridge in North America at 680 feet. It opens to the public on May 17, 2019, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. (WATE) 
Welcome to the Skybridge, nearly two football fields long with stunning mountain views in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. (Blake Stevens / WATE) 
View through the glass floor panels of the SkyBridge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Some 680 feet long, it is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. (Blake Stevens / WATE)
Nearly two football fields in length, the Gatlinburg SkyBridge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, will be an experience for visitors beginning May 17, 2019. (Blake Stevens / WATE) 
The SkyBridge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, at 680 feet long is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. It has glass-floor panels at its highest point and has stunning views of the Smokies. (Blake Stevens / WATE)
Gatlinburg SkyLift Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, opens its SkyBridge suspension bridge to the public on the afternoon of May 1, 2019. (Blake Stevens / WATE)

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