What I enjoy about Gatlinburg is the wilderness. Yes, the town itself is a lot of fun. But when I've been to the Smokies, I just gravitate toward the outdoors and stay there as much as possible.

One of my favorite things to do is go to the Tennessee/North Carolina border. Yes, that steep climb to the top of Clingman's Dome--Tennnessee's highest peak--is too daunting, the rest of it is not.

Talk about the perfect place to take nature in.

And now there will be an enormous suspension bridge for pedestrians only.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Spring 2019 (and, hey, it's spring NOW) is when we'll see this pedestrian-only suspension bridge open. At 680 feet, it will be the longest in the nation.

Gatlinburg Skylift operates that great big chair lift that takes passengers from downtown to the top of Crockett Mountain. Now, that chair lift will have very popular company, in all likelihood.

Although I have my issues with heights, I have ridden the Gatlinburg Skylift (white-knuckling it the whole way), and it is a blast. I'd be interested to see, up close, what this bridge looks like.

I think Erin said she saw it on her Gatlinburg vacation, from which she just returned.

It's opening soon. Enjoy!


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