Scenic Helicopter Tours in Pigeon Forge, TN

1949 Winfield Dunn ParkwaySevierville, TN 37876
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Scenic Helicopter Tours offers a variety of tours with breathtaking views of the Smokies! Choose from 8 different flight packages to see a beautiful panorama of the Smoky Mountains, French Broad River, Douglas Dam Lake, Bluff Mountain, Chilhowee Mountain Range, historic downtown Sevierville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. These scenic tours are for those who love nature, as the views are beautiful!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Sevierville Travel Experts
  • The pilots are very knowledgeable about local history and will keep you informed throughout your entire flight.
  • Flying since 1972.
  • Breathtaking views of Smokies.
  • Bring a camera.
  • Wear darker clothes for better photos.
  • 3 or 4 passengers per flight.
  • Great for all ages.
  • Souvenir photos available.

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Joan B.

I recommend the Lake View Tour, which follows the French Broad River to Douglas Dam. There are so many lake and mountain views; be sure to bring your camera!

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from Scenic Helicopter Tours
Scenic Helicopter Tours offers a variety of tours with breathtaking views of the Smokies! Open 9AM - Sunset daily. No weight limit. Our facilities are Handicap accessible. We can accommodate up to 6 passengers at a time. Scenic Helicopter Tours is one of the only helicopter operators allowed to fly into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Upsey Downsy: The name says it all! You will climb to about 500 feet and circle our heliport "Just to get the feel of a helicopter." WE RECOMMEND THE NEXT FLIGHT UP - For a much better value and experience.

Mountain and River View: This flight takes you over the French Broad River and rolling hills of Sevier County. From 1200 feet you will see a beautiful panorama of the Great Smoky Mountains. This flight covers 8 Miles.

Douglas Lake Flight: At 1500 feet above the ground, this flight extends along the French Broad River toward the Douglas Dam Lake area with lots of scenery. 12 miles/flight time about 6 minutes.

Foothills or Extended Lake Flight: You pick on this option - We can fly you out further along the rolling farmland and Douglas Lake area or out toward the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Flight Path is 16 Miles.

Mountain Valley Flight: As you depart from the heliport toward the lower foothills and lots of undeveloped mountains and Bluff Mountain, you’ll be amazed at the view of the Smoky Mountains. 24 miles/Flight time about 12 minutes.

The Ridge Runner: This is a newly named "classic" over the Chilhowee Mountain Range. You will fly over the lessor developed areas. Historic downtown Sevierville and Pigeon Forge can been seen off in the distance, but mountains, ridges and valley are the highlight of this flight.

Gatlinburg Mountain Tour: Soar high above the foothills and lots of undeveloped mountains. This flight offers views of Sevierville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge too. A breathtaking experience! 36 miles/flight time about 18 minutes.

National Park Flight: This flight is perfect for those who love nature as the views are beautiful. This flight covers historic downtown Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg before it enters the Great Smoky Mountains National Park over deep valleys and high mountains and shows the heart of the Tennessee side of the park. 50 miles/Flight time about 25 minutes.

All flight routes are weather permitting.

Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

25 Reviews
Ryan Robinson
Louisville, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Birthday Gift"
December, 2018
I took my my fiancee to her 1st helicopter ride.It was awesome for her 38th birthday.Looking forward for 2nd flight.
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Tip: Great Pricing!

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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer
Alpharetta , GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Enjoyed the tour"
October, 2018
It was good overall. Only thing I did not like was they charge full price for toddlers too even if they cnt see outside the window coz they r short. Rest experience was good.
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Tip: Toddler who is short may not enjoy much coz they cnt look outside.

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Kimberly Olora
Guntown , MS
1 Review
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"Loved it"
September, 2018
We loved it, can't wait to do it again
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Tip: It is different from an airplane ride

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Whitney Owen
Gainesville, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Scenic Helicopter Tours"
August, 2018
This was Me and my daughter's first time ever in the air. It was a really Great Experience . My daughter got to ride in the front with the Pilot. Will defiantly be going back for a longer tour.
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Tip: The Pilot was Amazing. He knew exactly what he was doing.

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Amber Grigston
Monroe, NC
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"So fun!"
July, 2018
Everyone that worked there that we had contact with we’re really nice! Family of four; me and the hubs and a 1 and 3 year old. We did the lake tour which was about 8 minutes and was perfect for us! The kids first adrenaline rush! Haha
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Tip: Just set back and see some great landscapes!

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Christina Fultz
Winslow, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Absolutely amazing"
July, 2018
Our family had never been on one so we took the short ride but it was still an amazing experience for me and my family are going to do a longer one next time our piolte Joe was great
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Tip: Very safety oriented and super nice people

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Belal Muhammad
Cincinnati, OH
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Fabulous experience"
July, 2018
Very nice helicopter trip with a friendly pilot and staff...
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Tip: Car park is up the hill in front of the office. Be ready to have fun!

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Brenda Law
Stuart, VA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
July, 2018
It was the greatest thing I have ever done. Everyone needs to do this at least one time.
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Tip: Go flying

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Tampa, Florida
"Awesome experience."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
Me and my whole family enjoyed it so much. Would definitely recommend it. It felt really smooth, my 3 yr old was with us and he loved it as well.
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"Best ride in the smokies!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 11, 2019 NEW
If you want to see the mountains and mountain valley in a beautiful new perspective, you need to visit Scenic Helicopters Tours and let them take you on the tour of a lifetime!!
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Dawn H
"Fun for the whole family"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2019 NEW
By far the helicopter ride was the most fun my boys and I had the whole week we stayed in Pigeon Forges and Gatlinburg .
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2019 NEW
Got this trip as a surprise for my girlfriend and we loved it. From the get go the service was awesome. We were running late and gave them and call and they happily pushed our reservation back to a more suitable time. Our boarding attendant, Raz B, was super helpful and our pilot, Marie, made the jitters disappear the second we got on board. Justin, the photographer, took some awesome pics. This is a trip I will never forget and will suggest this to anyone who has the time to listen.
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"Beautiful Views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2019 NEW
Great views of farmland, rivers, and the beautiful Smokey Mountains! An experience we’ll never forget! Staff was very nice and professional. Thank you Scenic Helicopter Tours!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Scenic Helicopter Tours

How many people do the helicopters at Scenic Helicopter Tours hold?
Our helicopter's hold either three (3) or four (4) passengers. We believe in quality rather than quantity, and our helicopters offer the best visibility with all seats facing forward.

How long do the flights last?
To get the times on the flights, you just cut the miles in half. So for example the River Island flight is 8 miles in distance, so the length is 4 minutes. Please arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to flight time to fill out paperwork and ensure on-time flights.

Is there an age limit?
Not at all. Our youngest passenger was 20 days old and the oldest passenger we know of was 102 years old, so if you're in between those ages you are good to go. If you're older or younger, please let us know so we can make note. Children less than 24 months are free.

Can handicapped people take a flight?
Absolutely! One of our biggest thrills is to enable those who cannot hike the back country trails to still enjoy the beauty of our area.

Do you fly over waterfalls?
No, not any longer. The reason is, that most of the waterfalls in the park are very popular destinations for hikers and in order to see them from the helicopter we have to get very low over them. We decided years ago to discontinue this for the hiker's enjoyment of natural quiet, besides the park offers many other awesome views that are virtually untouched by human feet.

Can we take pictures/video from the helicopter during our Scenic Helicopter Tour?
Yes. In fact, it is highly recommended.

Where is Scenic Helicopter Tours located?
The physical location is 1949 Winfield Dunn Parkway in Sevierville. 

Is there a weight limit?
Yes.  In one of our aircraft we have a per seat limit of 300lbs.

Can pets come along for the ride?
No. FAA regulations do not allow us to accommodate animals.