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Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway in Gatlinburg, TN

1001 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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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

43 Reviews
Shaun VanArsdale
1 Review
October, 2016
We saw online that Ober is open until 9:20 so at 5pm we decided to head up. When we arrived we had a decent dinner at the lounge, but when we left it was just past 7pm and everything was closing already. We walked and looked around for a few minutes and then got in line to head back down just before 8pm and stood in line for well over an hour to get back down Gatlinburg.

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1 Review
"Go elsewhere."
October, 2016
ipoff" is not strong enough a word. Half the rides are broken, the staff is rude and everything is over priced. You're better off walking the strip and looking at the generous variety of shot glasses, "who farted" tee shirts and rebel flag chain wallets.

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Shane Lanzendorfer
Altoona, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun and safe excursion"
August, 2016
We had a great time on the aerial tram, even though my wife is scared of heights. Our five children had a blast looking out the windows as we went higher. Unfortunately it rained once we reached the top, so we were unable to do the alpine slide and some other activities, but it was still a great day.
Tip: Fun for a large family.

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Brandie Wade
Cranesville , PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Gatlinburg"
August, 2016
What an awesome experience for our family! This was our second trip to Gatlinburg, the first trip we did not have time to ride the Tram but this time we did. The staff was very helpful and welcoming to my mother who does not walk well and the view is spectacular. When we come back it will be on our list of things to do again!
Tip: Have your camera and don't be nervous, it is a smooth ride.

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Scott Peacock
Jamestowns, TN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
August, 2016
The trip up and down the mountain was spectacular. You can see up and down the valley with unobstructed views. Expect a long wait to return down the mountain.
Tip: Give yourself alot of time to do this. Go early in the morning so you dont cut yourself short on seeing what all they have to see at the top of the mountain.

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Brian C.
Georgetown, MA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Amazing Views"
August, 2016
A last minute decision to ride the tram. Great views of the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg. A bit pricey if you add the price of the tram and then the attractions once you get to the top

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Saed Alnaimat
Chicago, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing aerial view"
August, 2016
This is a must for all Tennessee visitors! Gatlinburg will be iconized as you travel up the smoky mountains, and you will see really unique views. The staff is very friendly and funny. We had so much fun on the top as well!
Tip: Bring a good camera, bring cash

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brian buttrum
noblesville, IN
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great view"
August, 2016
Little pricey considering once you get to the top you have to pay for all the activities too. But it is worth it. The tram operators are very friendly and talkative.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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"Fun summer tram ride and mountain coaster "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 20, 2017 NEW
We enjoyed the Alpine-style tram ride up the mountain. Once there you can pick your activities or just chill. We took the smaller chairlift the rest of the way up the mountain. We skipped the alpine slide since it seemed a lot shorter than the one we did in Winter Park, CO. Instead we did the mountain coaster which is on steel rails. Like an alpine slide, you control your own speed on the coaster, but unlike an alpine slide, you can't go off the track so you can go full tilt the whole way without braking. It's an adrenaline rush but you get jostled around pretty good. Not for the faint of heart. The nice thing is you can take the tram ride up, look around, and then decide if you want to buy tickets for any of the rides. Go early (9:30) because the tram ride will be much more enjoyable if it's not full to capacity (120 people!). Down at the bottom in Gatlinburg, there is a parking lot two blocks from the tram for $5.
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Richmond, Ohio
"Skyline ride day before massive fire"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 19, 2017 NEW
We were in Gatlinburg the day before the fires. We road the skyline ride up to the top of the mountain range. It has amazing views! We even saw some smoke from afar when we were on this ride. Who knew that hours later that would cause such devastation. We rode this in late November but the leaves were still on the trees and colorful. I would recommend this ride in the fall.
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Carolyn H
Alexandria, Virginia
"This is a sad place."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2017 NEW
Don't be fooled by its cheap prices, this is not a nice place to visit. They haven't updated since the 1970s and the aerial lift isn't nice because they cram as many people in as possible. I would not recommend. Take the sky lift instead and do the amusements in town.
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Bismarck, Missouri
"Nice way to see the mountains"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2017 NEW
First off I wish we had known to go to the station in downtown Gatlinburg and ride the tram up and experience the "park". We ended up wasting a ticket when the tram became too full and a member of our group decided to just drive back down the mountain and meet us. Ride up to the OBER was scary. Park was very run down. Kind of sad. Ice skating was good.
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Courtney M
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"Like a bad dream"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2017 NEW
The tram ride up was nice and had beautiful views, but besides that nothing about this place was enjoyable. It was incredibly run down and tacky. It made us feel like we were trapped in a bad dream. Save your time and money and DO NOT come here.

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, below is pricing for each attraction: (subject to change)
Alpine Slide - $7 per person (weight limit 300 lbs, ages 6 & under ride with adult)
Scenic Chairlift - $7 per person (weight limit 600 lbs, ages 6 & under ride with adult)
Wildlife Encounter - $7 adults, $5 children (5-11 years)
Ice Skating - $9
Carousel - $3.50 (children 36” must ride with adult)
Ski Rental - $25 day time, $20 Night time
Snowboard Rental - $30 Day time, $25 Night Time
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 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.

Do you rent ski clothing?
We do rent snow pants for $12/$30 deposit, ski jackets for $12/$50 deposit, and helmets for $6/$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.