Scenic Helicopter Tours in Pigeon Forge, TN

1965 Parkway Pigeon Forge, TN 37863  
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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!


from Ashley, one of our Pigeon Forge 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.
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Good To Know

from Joan, our Pigeon Forge Market Manager
  • 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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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 roling 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 will extend 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

Mounain 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 wil 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: You will 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.
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Scenic Helicopter Tours in Sevierville, Tennessee
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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

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Joni W.
1 Review
"Anniversary getaway"
Reviewed April, 2016
I enjoyed our mountain tour, my husband Timmy, wasn't as excited as me. The wind was bad, our course had to be rerouted, the pilot made a good call for everyone's safety. He was knowledgable and gave a good tour!

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Barbara Padgett Chattanooga, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Birhday!!!"
Reviewed October, 2015
Wanted to do something special for my sons birthday since we seem to be so busy all the time. Thought helicopter ride would be different & fun. Wasn't disappointed, beautiful view & my son enjoyed his birthday & videoed the whole ride. It was Great!
Tip: Be ready to have a good time & bring your camera.

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Ashley Diaz Ashland, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"An amazing experience"
Reviewed October, 2015
The staff was so great and informative. We were really comfortable and we had 2 girls under 5! It was so amazing and beautiful, to see all the mountains and the water. The helicopter was smooth as well. I loved it and my husband did too.

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Brian Henderson Elizabethton, TN
8 Reviews
Reviewed July, 2015
This was an amazing experience. The views were breathtaking and stunning. The pilot was very helpful and knowledgeable. The cost is a little up there but I guess that is to be expected for the type of amenity that it is. WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!

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Emily Kelsey McMinnville, TN
3 Reviews
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"great experience!"
Reviewed April, 2015
The view is amazing. Our pilot was great and we got some good pictures out of it. We will definitely do again.

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Susan G. Jerusalem, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great fun!"
Reviewed March, 2015
What a fantastic view... My only regret was not opting to pay for the longer ride. Seemed as if we had just went up and it was time to land. But, for the price I wouldn't of expected much more.
Tip: Get the headset, we did and it was nice to block the noise and hear our pilot Travis. Also pay for the longest ride possible, it's so cool up there!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Dave R

TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2016 NEW

This is my 3rd time flying with Scenic Helicopter, I have always had an exciting time riding with them. I took a friend with me this time who has never flown on a helicopter and he was very nervous. we both had a wonderful time and will be going back again. the pilot Craig was very professional and a great pilot, the boarding staff was very kind I hop Matt and Taylor are there next time I go. very nice people!!! I wish I could give them 10 stars very good company to fly with.

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Laxminarayan K

"birthday ride to my girl"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2016 NEW

We did the helicopter rider to celebrate our one year old daughter.I would say helicopter is too small, and old relative to my other experiences, and the lake view did not feel like eight minutes ride . The crew was courteous and made us feel comfortable. Not much waiting, as we paid for the third seat.

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Tam C

"The best views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 14, 2016 NEW

My husband has been begging me to go on a helicopter ride every time we go to Florida but I refused because I am afraid of heights and have never even been on a plane. So, the day before we left I decided to surprise him and go. When we got in the helicopter the pilot introduced himself and asked where we were from. I explained to him I was terrified of heights and he explained everything to us like when he was gonna turn, descend and all that. He made the ride very enjoyable.

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upper state south carolina

TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 12, 2016 NEW

This was a fun experience. I only wish the longer rides were a little more affordable. I could see single rider costs, but when you have multiple riders I think the cost should reflect that since its only 1 flight. if there were 3 riders seems like they are double dipping on the cost of flight since each person pays the same amount. Great for a first time flyer is the $10 deal. you basically go up in the air, circle the building and land. its a great way to see if you want a longer ride. I have done rides before and loved them, my friend is scared of heights and I forced her to go. so we just went up then down. i had fun video taping her reaction and really didn't even get to see the ride much. Listen carefully to the instructions given. Be ready for your picture to be taken when you land. The entire staff was pleasant, informative, inviting and talkative. seemed genuinely interested in finding out about us and shared stuff about themselves as well. i will come back for a longer ride

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Fort Wayne, Indiana

"Cute guys and fun rides"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 11, 2016 NEW

We have an awesome experience. Craig the pilot was great. We also loved Gavin the photo guy (plz call for Indiana girl) 260-573-6856 😜 Savanna was very great too.

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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.

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