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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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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"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.
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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!
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Tip: Have your camera and don't be nervous, it is a smooth ride.

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Scott Peacock
Jamestowns, TN
2 Reviews
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"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.
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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!
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Tip: Bring a good camera, bring cash

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brian buttrum
noblesville, IN
3 Reviews
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"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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pdeppley2016
Lakeland, Florida
"Loved ice skating "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2018 NEW
Me and my husband had a nice weekend getaway and decided to go to Ober . I had never been ice skating so we went here to try it out. I highly recommend going early before 12. It got very busy later in the day. We had fun ice skating. It was not very expensive but the tram up was crowded but we were able to get closer to the windows so it wasn’t to bad. Skiing prices were VERY expensive and snow tubing was all sold out. Overall we thought it was fun and will bring the kids up.
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BearTravels33
Phoenix, AZ
"Wonderful views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2018 NEW
Spent the afternoon checking out the ski area. I was hungry so went into the lounge to have something at the bar. Really bad service and mediocre food. There is a dining room with a buffet if you want a full meal. Once I got past the lousy service at the bar, the rest of my time was lovely! Tram took a very long time so give yourself around 2 hours for that. Getting back down was a breeze and very little wait.
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Tonya B
Gastonia, North Carolina, United States
"Stunning views!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2018 NEW
We went early on Sunday morning to avoid the lines for the tram to the top of the mountain, and boy am I glad we did. When we came back down at 2:00pm, the line was all the way out the front of the building! We took our 3 year old ice skating. The rink was crowded and they unfortunately didn't offer the walkers for beginners. Because of this, we only stayed on the ice about 45 minutes. Next, we explored the outside area. I was sad to see they charged $5 for kids to play in the snow. And the parents had to pay if they went inside, also. The snow area was small and we didn't think it was worth the $15 it would cost us, so we opted for the scenic chairlift, and it didn't disappoint! The views from the top of the mountain were absolutely breathtaking. We wanted to try out the snow tubing, but it was sold out well in advance, which we knew from the website. If you plan to tube, buy your tickets online well in advance. All in all, we enjoyed our time at Ober and plan to visit again next winter!
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Carolina L
"The tubing was so much fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 14, 2018 NEW
My family and I went tubing and we had a blast! We have small kids (6 years old) all the way up to a 19 year old and we all enjoyed tubing.
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clint b
Columbia, South Carolina
"surreal views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 14, 2018 NEW
My wife and I braved the cold weather and rode the tram from Gatlinburg to Ober Gatlinburg. The views are amazing and thankfully the weather was clear. We aren’t skiers so just went up for the views. Decided to take the scenic chairlift to the top of Mount Harrison and it was AMAZING. It was quite cold but well worth it. Has to be the best view of the Smokey Mountains. Would definitely recommend the chair lift.
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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.