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TravelGatlinburg Is Getting the Longest Pedestrian-Only Suspension Bridge in America

00:30  12 january  2019
00:30  12 january  2019 Source:   southernliving.com

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A new suspension bridge claiming to be the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America may only be the longest in the U.S Gatlinburg Sky Lift, which operates the year-round chairlift that runs from downtown Gatlinburg to the top of Crockett Mountain, is planning to open a

High and handsome amid beautiful Swiss scenery, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge offers hikers a time-saving, jaw-dropping experience.

Gatlinburg Is Getting the Longest Pedestrian-Only Suspension Bridge in America© facebook.com/GatlinburgSkyLift1

The South has no shortage of beautiful trails. But there's always something special about walking across an adrenaline-pumping suspension bridge. Gatlinburg SkyLift in Gatlinburg, Tennessee wants to take your thrills to new lengths with the creation of what is poised to become the longest known suspension bridge in the United States.

Gatlinburg SkyLift, a scenic chairlift in the Smoky Mountains that takes you 1,800-feet up to the top of Crockett Mountain, is owned by North American ski resort company Boynes Resort. Now, Gatlinburg SkyLift is planning to open a 680-foot pedestrian-only suspension bridge in spring 2019, as the Knoxville News Sentinelreports.

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However, the pedestrians - only curving structure is not without controversy. Spanning an awesome 1621 feet and rising as high as 279 feet, the newly opened Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge in Switzerland has broken the record for the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge , according

The world's longest suspension bridges are listed according to the length of their main span (i.e. the length of suspended roadway between the bridge 's towers).

Interestingly, the Knoxville News Sentinel found that a suspension bridge in Canada at Kelowna Mountain claims to span 800-feet. Nonetheless, 680-feet is still a long walk to take across a narrow suspension bridge high above the ground.

The Gatlinburg SkyLift has been in operation since the 1950s, and was recently reopened in 2017 after the 2016 wildfires struck the region. From $13 per child and $16 per adult, visitors can now soak up gorgeous Smoky Mountain scenery year-round

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