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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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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 Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

43 Reviews
Shaun VanArsdale
1 Review
"Horrible"
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
"WOW!"
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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Casey C
Hamilton
"Not just a ride into the Mountains"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 30, 2016 NEW
The Ober Gatlinburg is one of those treasures that you have to experience at least once. It has changed dramatically since the last time we visited, but is still a nice way to spend a afternoon. There are catches along the way which will cost extra money, but the amount you wish to spend will depend on how much "YOU" want to see and do !! The ride up on the Gondola is wonderful and could almost be considered worth the day, however when you get to the top, there is a plethora of things to see and do. The mall at the top has some nice shops and places to eat. There is a skating rink at the top as well as several outdoor activities. Browse the shops or rush right outside and see the kiddy rides and the maze and the coaster that runs through the woods. If you prefer you could also take the chairlift farther up the mountain and see some amazing vistas of the nearby Smokies. Bring a camera to the top and you won't be disappointed. They had live music playing and it just seemed to suit the view. Yes it cost extra to take the chairlift, but I would recommend it because of the fall colours and scenery alone. If taking pictures is not your thing then take the chairlift halfway up and scoot down the side of the mountain on a sit down scooter coaster. These one person gizmos can go as fast or as slow as you desire. Easy to operate and perhaps something the children could do while you shoot pics at the top. The only downside of the whole experience was the increased buildup of housing on the mountainside during the ride up the gondola. It doesn't detract from the experience, but is noticeable. You could do the speed version of the trip in an hour or so, but to experience all of it would take at least 2-3 hours. Well worth the effort !!
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BigMike407
Orlando, Florida
"Speechless"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2016 NEW
This tram has one of the most amazing views I have experienced. Fall is so beautiful, I wish I could ride the tram everyday. We spent almost the whole day at Ober shops & food was a great way to relax.
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DSJ677208
Orlando, Florida
"Mountain coaster"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2016 NEW
My family loved riding the mountain coaster! The wait was about an hour, but other than that it was fun! I think it would be better to go in the morning. Driving up to park was cheaper and easy.
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chercaruso
Metro New Orleans
"Family Fun Park!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2016 NEW
We had a great time at Ober during our family Thanksgiving vacation. We were three families traveling with our kids, who ranged from age 2 through 21. There was something for everyone. We went snow tubing, ice skating, rode the tram, and the little ones had the carousel and an arcade to have fun in. We loved it! Highly recommend!
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HopeMalachi
"Snow Tubbing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2016 NEW
This place is very popular and I recommend you to buy tickets in advance since they get sold out early in the morning or even the day before. It was the only tubing open during Thanksgiving week so you can imagine. My kids when to the tubing session at 7:00pm and had lots of fun. The staff is super friendly and makes you laugh every time. Will definitely visit every time we visit the smokies.

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.