Performers to cross high-line alongside Gatlinburg SkyBridge, 150 feet in the air

Mid-South

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Performers will walk alongside North America’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge on a two-inch-wide line to celebrate the newest addition to Gatlinburg SkyLift Park.

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is opening its new SkyTrail this weekend, NewsNation affiliate WATE-TV reports. The trail is an elevated boardwalk that serves as an alternative route to the suspension bridge.

The celebration will feature the professional high-line team Rucksack Circus. Performers will walk on a two-inch line running alongside the SkyBridge suspended 150 feet in the air.

The performances will take place every two hours on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Performances on Sunday will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The park recently doubled the length of glass panels at the center of the SkyBridge. The bridge had to be temporarily closed in June after park officials said the upper layer on one of its glass panels cracked when a guest attempted a baseball-style slide across the glass.

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. The SkyBridge opened in 2019. At 680 feet long, it is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in all of North America.

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