Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway in Gatlinburg, TN

1001 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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Overview

Ride the 120-passenger Aerial Tramway year round and enjoy spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains and a mountain of fun for the whole family at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park. The Tram departs every 20 minutes for the 10-minute journey up the mountain. Ober Gatlinburg offers activities including indoor ice skating, Wildlife Encounter, Alpine Slide, and Scenic Chairlift.

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from Ashley, one of our Gatlinburg Travel Experts
  • Few seats so expect to stand if busy.
  • Arrive early for less crowded tramways.
  • Tram departs every 20 minutes.
  • Rides last 10 minutes.
  • Fantastic views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Provides easy access to Ober Gatlinburg attractions.

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You will enjoy great views on the way up along with plenty to explore at the top, including an animal sanctuary where you can buy tickets to see bears, otters, and other wildlife up close. If you’re feeling daring, you can even buy an additional ticket to ride a chair lift to the very top of the mountain.

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from Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway
Ride the 120-passenger Aerial Tramway year round and enjoy spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains and a mountain of fun for the whole family at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park. The Tram departs every 20 minutes for the 10-minute journey up the mountain.

Ober Gatlinburg offers activities for all ages including shopping and dining, indoor ice skating, Wildlife Encounter, Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift, Kiddie Land and Rides, winter skiing and snowboarding, and much more. (Additional fees apply for these activities.)

Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

53 Reviews
Melissa Beall
Grand Haven, MI
9 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Better when less crowded"
April, 2018
Tram itself was a nice experience and tickets were easy to purchase. Going up the crowd was really loud - large family of 20+ people. Ride back down was nicer, less crowded and we could actually see out the windows. Got some nice pictures.
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Tip: We rode the tram just for the experience - don't expect much when you get to the top. Attractions are pretty run down looking.

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Karen Troutman
Galveston, IN
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful evening"
April, 2018
We rode the Tram with our son and two of his friends! All eyes were peeled to see the views. There was a recent fire in the mountains and our driver told us some history about the area.
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Tip: If windy they may shut down the tram for your safety

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Karen Troutman
Galveston, IN
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Don’t miss the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway!"
April, 2018
I purchased our Tramway tickets through Reserve Pigeon Forge. It was unforgettable experience and one we won’t soon forget.
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Tip: There was a terrible storm and for our safety we were safely transported by bus to the bottom. We also ate at a lovely restraurant at the top so plan plenty of time!

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Carrie Blondeel
Warsaw, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
March, 2018
The tram was great! My husband was a little frightened because it was so windy, but it was comical! The driver was hilarious and very friendly!
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Anita Afshari
Brentwood, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun little spot"
March, 2018
Really cute little place with a ice skating rink and the ice tubing. Looked like I walked into a place from the 80s but I really loved the vibes
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Edgardo Hernandez
Brandon, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
March, 2018
My family and I had an outstanding time during our visit to Gatlinburg, TN. We will be returning soon. Everything booked through Reserve America was on point. Great experience.
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Laura Schwarz
Nicholasville , KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Exciting and scenic"
March, 2018
I love this ride up into the Smokies but for how much you pay I’d like to see benches added throughout so everyone can sit and enjoy the scenery. It seems that it is too crowded and uncomfortable the way it is now. Either lower the price or add benches and carry less folks!
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Tip: Be prepared to stand in line then stand on the ride.

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Dawn Murray
Newton , NJ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Watch out below !"
February, 2018
Amazing views and awesome director . The views can be breathtaking from above but even more so is when you hear ... close your eyes we are not responsible for anything you see within those cabins... lol it was great !
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Len A
Chicago, Illinois
"Sightseeing "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2018 NEW
Outstanding view. Food and drinks available along with entertainment for kids. The ride, beauty and height adds to the excitement of the ride.
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Rhonda K
Caledonia, Michigan
"Don’t waste your time"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2018 NEW
We booked this online and once we saw it in person we were disappointed. It was raining for part of the time we were there so the amusement park closed. It is outdated, and has limited food choices and shops. There is an indoor ice rink with skate rental that looked like fun. Otherwise I wouldn’t waste my time.
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Melissa P
"Vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2018 NEW
We absolutely loved this place! It's like a small town all to itself. There is so much to do. The kids loved ice skating, playing in the snow, and so much more. Had many different places to eat. We spent all day just here and could have went back the second day. We definitely will be back.
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PYoung47
Cincinnati, Ohio
"Ober Gatlinburg - special area!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2018 NEW
What a special place - ice skating year round, shops, restaurants, rides, and skiing (when there's snow). There is also an area to see bears!
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Mrabrams
Glasgow, KY
"Waste of time"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2018 NEW
I was pretty excited when I found out Ober Gatlinburg was more than just a tram. I didn't know about the amusement park. We were gonna ride the tram anyways but learned about the animal encounter, carousel and kiddie land. So I'll break everything down by attraction. First we rode the tram. It was pretty cool. Especially when it swayed over the towers. The cost of $14 a person is a little steep. Tried to use a promo code online but had a $7.50 service fee so, kinda negated the discount. We got to the top, everything feels dated but has a nostalgic feel. And this is where the pleasantries end. Paid for wildlife encounter. $7.00 per person to see a pretty run down exhibit. 3 bears, 3 otters, bees, birds in small cages and a nocturnal exhibit. I felt bad for the bears and otters. Then there was the carousel. It was small and part of it was roped off with caution tape. (Seems like a lot of stuff could be fixed and updated and still keep the nostalgia). Then there was "kiddie land". Which turned out to be closed. The weather was overcast and had spotty rain so I called before we left to make sure everything was open. And I was informed by information that the things I wanted to do would be open, including kiddie land. Spoke with information at the top and was told it was closed for maintenance. "They were changing a few boards". How long does it take to change a few planks?!?! So I talked to guest services to inform them I was told it was open, and they basically said that, that was impossible "(she) called and told everyone". Overall, ride the tram if you have a kiddo, but stay on and take it back down because this is a waste of time and money.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

Can I bring food or alcohol to Ober Gatlingburg?
Outside food and beverages including alcoholic beverages are not allowed on to the Aerial Tramway or Ober Gatlinburg premises. Beer is available for consumption in Ober’s Snack bar and alcoholic beverages are available in the Seasons of Ober Restaurant and The Loft Lounge.

Does Ober Gatlinburg rent strollers and wheelchairs?
A limited number of single and double strollers are available for rent on a first-come, first served basis. Single strollers are $4.00 per day, and double strollers are $6.00 per day. Unfortunately, we do not rent wheelchairs at this time.

How much is parking?
Parking is $5.00 CASH per standard-size vehicle and $7.00 for over-sized vehicles. Parking is not available on the mountain for buses and over-sized vehicles on weekends & holidays. Sorry, all parking must be paid with cash – no credit cards accepted.

How often does the aerial tram leave?
The Tram leaves every 20 minutes, taking you on a beautiful 10 minute, 2.1 mile long ride between our downtown tram terminal and our resort on top of the mountain.

Is there an ATM located at Ober Gatlinburg?
ATM machines are located in the Downtown Tramway Mall next to the River Road entrance, and in the Ober Gatlinburg Mall near the hallway entrance to the Ober’s Snack bar (ATM 1) and to the left side of the Fudge Shop (ATM 2).

What is the pet policy?
Pets are not permitted in the Tramway Mall or on any premises at Ober Gatlinburg. Service animals for guests with disabilities are permitted.

What activities are located at the top of the mountain?
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park offers activities for all ages. Shopping and dining, indoor ice skating, Wildlife Encounter, Alpine Slide, scenic chairlift, Kiddie Land and Rides, winter skiing and snowboarding.

Does it cost money to participate in the activities at the top of the mountain?
Yes, while at Ober Gatlinburg you may purchase a wristband or attraction tickets that will allow you to participate in the activities at the top of the mountain. Wristband pricing is as follows (subject to change):


  • Basic Wristband: $19 for children (ages 5-11), $22 for adults. Includes the Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift, Amaze'n Maze, Carousel, Kiddie Rides, Chair Swing, and Mini Golf.
  • Premium Wristband: $28 for children (ages 5-11), $33 for adults. Includes the Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift, Amaze'n Maze, Carousel, Kiddie Rides, Chair Swing, Mini Golf, the Wildlife Encounter, and one session of Ice Skating.

Attraction tickets are $3.50 each. Guests may purchase a book of 10 tickets for $31.50. Attractions require the following number of tickets or dollars to participate (subject to change):

  • Alpine Slide - 2 tickets ($7 per person). Weight limit of 300 lbs, ages 6 & under ride with adult.
  • Scenic Chairlift - 2 tickets ($7 per person) Weight limit of 600 lbs, ages 6 & under ride with adult.
  • Carousel - 1 ticket ($3.50 per person). Children under 36" must ride with an adult.
  • Chair Swing - 1 ticket ($3.50 per person)
  • Mini Golf - 1 ticket ($3.50 per person)
  • Amaze'N Maze - 2 tickets ($7 per person)
  • Kiddie Rides and Kiddie Land - 2 tickets ($7 per person)
  • Wildlife Encounter - $7 adults, $5 children (5-11 years)
  • Ice Skating - $9 all ages. Includes 3 hours of continuous session and skates.
  • Ski Rental - $25 day time, $20 night time. Includes skis/boots/poles and equipment breakage insurance.
  • Snowboard Rental - $30 day time, $25 night time. Includes board and boots.

Please note pricing is subject to change.

For skiing and snowboarding, when does the area open/close for the season?
We usually open around mid-December and our typical closing date is early to mid-March. We open as soon as we have made enough snow to cover most of the trails. The opening and closing dates vary depending on the weather.

Are ski/snowboard tickets available for purchase at Ober Gatlinburg?
Yes. Ski area tickets gives you access to the ski slopes for one session of skiing or snowboarding. Tickets are good for unlimited use of the ski slopes during your session. Everyone must have a current valid Ski Area Ticket (and ski/snowboard equipment) at all times to enter the slopes.

Ticket prices vary based on age and day/night time. See pricing schedule here.

Do you rent ski clothing?
We do rent snow pants for $12 per day with a $30 deposit, ski jackets for $12 per day with a $50 deposit, and helmets for $6 per day with a $50 deposit.  All items are rented on a first-come-first-serve basis.

May I bring our sleds and use them on your slopes?
Sorry, sleds are not allowed on our slopes.

What should I wear for skiing, snowboarding or tubing?
The best way to dress for winter is to wear layers. This gives you more flexibility to add or remove layers, depending on the weather and your activity. Turtleneck shirts, sweaters, long underwear and footless tights work well as under-layers. Wear one pair of socks. Ski boots and snowboard boots have liners. Wear appropriate hats, goggles, gloves, sunglasses, etc. for the weather conditions.
Be sure to wear pants or jacket/shirt with a hole or loop to fasten the lift or tubing ticket such as a zipper pull, button-hole or belt loop.

What size ski/snowboard boots are offered at Ober Gatlinburg?
Ski boot rentals run Child’s 6-13, Junior 1-3 and Adult 4-16. Snowboard boot rentals run Child’s 11-13, Junior 1-3 and Adult size 4-14.

Is Ober Gatlinburg open on holidays?
Yes, we are open on every Holiday of the year, with extended hours on and around many of these. The only exception is shorter hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but we are OPEN both days.

Can I smoke at Ober Gatlinburg?
Per Tennessee State Law, smoking is not permitted in enclosed public areas. Smoking is permitted in outdoor areas of Ober Gatlinburg.