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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

41 Reviews
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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Katelyn S
1 Review
"Nice view"
August, 2016
On the way up there it was alright , the scenery is definetly gorgeous, but they pack you in sardines , so if your'e in the middle of the tram , you can't see anything ! It's very hot inside the tram , no air conditioning
Tip: They Pack you in like sardines, at least 90 people in each tram. The top of the mountain is really nice with lots todo up there.

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Sandra Rosploch
South Milwaukee, WI
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Tramway Ride"
July, 2016
Enjoyed our ride up the side of the mountain. Beautiful views from any seat.
Tip: Enjoy the activities at the top of the mountain, ice skating, animals, water rides.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Justin N
"Don't waste the money"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 30, 2016 NEW
It's something to do to say you have done it one time. Nothing up there worth spending the money to go up. It might a different story in the winter. I wouldn't spend the money.
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Elizabeth K
Kansas City, Missouri
"Straight out of the 80s?"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 29, 2016 NEW
You pay $12 to ride a tram 2 miles to the park and back ($6 each way). We had a free round trip ticket and the views were pretty cool, so we didn't mind it. We were packed on pretty tight though, so the people who didn't get a window didn't get a view. We laughed when we got to the top (the actual amusement park) because the inside looked just like a bowling alley/skating rink from ages ago. I can't really explain it other than to say it was really, really dated and cheesy. This didn't bother us though, it was good for a laugh. There are a few things to do inside and outside (sorry for the lack of detail on all the activities , but it was forgettable-even though I was there just a week ago). I remember an indoor ice skating rink, an outdoor slide, and a chairlift. The only thing we did was the chairlift. The view isn't great on the way up (there's a random port a potty, some broken down equipment, and construction), but we were pleasantly surprised by the blue grass band playing at the peak. They, combined with the view from the top, made the cost and ride worthwhile. The ride down was much better (as you were able to see more scenery).
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Laura C
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
"Worth every penny"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 29, 2016 NEW
The ride on the Tram is wonderful. So scenic. The best part to me was all f the fun at the top of the mountain! There is a water slide, swings and a maze that was a blast.
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Janie J
Tamarac, Florida
"Awesome views"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 29, 2016 NEW
Totally enjoyed our day here. Too k their tram up rather than drive. Very cool. Don't miss the scenic chair lift. It takes you to the top with the most awesome view of the mountains, plus they have entertainment at the top. Bothered isva very good restaurant. Great for families
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sumcat13
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
"Great family place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 28, 2016 NEW
Ober Gatlinburg is a great place to visit. The tram ride up is fun and there are plenty of activities on the mountain for young and old alike.

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.