Scenic Helicopter Tours in Pigeon Forge, TN

1949 Winfield Dunn ParkwaySevierville, TN 37876
View on Map


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.

Discover More With Us

Insights from Reserve Direct's own team members

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!

View my photos


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

13 Reviews
Mohammad Farhad
Albertson, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Nice helicopter tour"
April, 2018 NEW
Very cheap, less crowded, great location.
Read More
Tip: Very cheap, less crowded, great location.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Tammy Crose
Anderson, IN
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"It’s timer!"
April, 2018 NEW
Very informative ride. My 15mo grand daughter loved it. She really surprised me! Beautiful scenery! It was somewhat cloudy day but it didn’t take one bit of beauty from our experience!
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Peer Kuhnt
1 Review
December, 2017
It was a good time!
Read More
Tip: Quick but fun 180$ for two people for 24 minutes. No problem with that!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Dutch Harbour
1 Review
"Rushed & Disappointed"
November, 2017
My wife and I had an appointment at 3p.m. for the lake view tour. When I arrived, there were many people in front of us and the attendent encouraging us to take the extended lake view tour for 15$ more per person. I spent over $100 and waited 35-40 mins before taking flight. The pilot, although friendly, expressed how many people did not engage him in conversation and rightfully so. It was extremely distracting and I felt like I paid $100 to talk to the pilot instead of enjoy looking at the scenery during the flight. The helicopters were taking off and landing so frequently, hearding people in and out like cattle, and the talking on our flight really made the entire experience feel rushed.
We are from the coast and we see water all the time. I wish i had forked out the extra $30 on top of the $100 to fly over the mountain ranges which is why we came to TN for our homeymoon in the first place or not wasted our money for the extended tour. The whole thing has left me disappointed in our TN experience and I will probably never waste our hard earned cash on a helicopter tour ever again!
Read More
Tip: They have a great website and the $10 cost draws you in but shop around for someone who has the time to make you feel like they care about the customer experience not just your money.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Diane C.
1 Review
"Awesome morning flight!"
April, 2017
The best part of our tn visit. My son loved it.
Read More
Tip: It was by far the best money I spent this trip. Well worth it. Awesome crew.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Andrea H.
Tinley Park, IL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic views"
June, 2016
Short but perfect! Just another view to see the beauty of the smokies... First time for all of us in a helicopter and we enjoyed the ride.
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

stephanie mccall
tollesboro, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
June, 2016
This was my husband and my first time in a helicopter,. The people there were super duper nice,and told us everything we needed to know . The pilot was very knowledgeable, and explained the whole trip . It was worth our time .
Was awesome to spend that first experience with your company . The weather was beautiful , you could see everything from up there . It was the best time my husband had in Tennessee. He has talked about it since we been back home. Thank you all again for the great experience.
Read More
Tip: take lots of pictures

Was this review helpful? Yes

Joni W.
1 Review
"Anniversary getaway"
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!
Read More

Was this review helpful? Yes

TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
Windsor Heights, West Virginia
"Great experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 17, 2018 NEW
Staff were friendly and guide was engaging and informative during the flight. Kids loved it! Definitely worth the money and a great way to see the area. Recommend doing the longer flight and seeing it all!!
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Tykeshia R
"Scenic Helicopter Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2018 NEW
It was great for my first time. The view was gorgeous !!! The Pilot Alex was super nice. The staff was friendly. My friends and I had a great time.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
"Awesome, friendly, and accommodating!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 12, 2018 NEW
Everyone is so nice and they all seem just as excited as you for your helicopter ride! We originally were a party of 6 and then at the last minute 2 more from our family wanted to join and they accommodated us with no hesitation. Also the pilot was friendly and a great informational guide of the mountains.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Louisville, Kentucky
"First time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 12, 2018 NEW
Its was my kids (ages 12 and 10) first time flying and they loved it. At first they were nervous but they ended up loving it... Will definitely do it again...
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Tinita S
Columbus, Ohio
"Great Attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 12, 2018 NEW
My family and I really enjoyed the helicopter ride. The ride was short for the price but I still feel that it was money well spent. The memories will last forever!!
Read More

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.