Helicopter Rides in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains
Vacations are a golden opportunity to try new things. If you've never soared through the air in a helicopter, the Great Smoky Mountains are one of the best places to cross this one off your bucket list.
With over 40 years of serving the Smokies, Scenic Helicopter Tours is also one of the most extensive flying tours in the area. With 3 helicopters, a Bell 206 Jet Ranger and Robinson R44's, they can take passengers on helicopter rides in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Wears Valley.
This company is even permitted to fly over the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On a flying tour of Gatlinburg and the Smokies you can see iconic places from hundreds of feet in the air:
- Lake Douglas
- The Foothills
- Wears Valley
- Pigeon Forge
- Dollywood Theme Park
- Downtown Gatlinburg
- The Little Pigeon River
- Mt. LeConte
- Clingmans Dome
- The Chimneys
- Cades Cove
They offer 12 different tours to accommodate any kind of traveller and budget. Whether you want a basic ride to experience the thrill of riding of a helicopter for the first time or an extensive tour of the highest peaks in the Smoky Mountains, this helicopter tour service in the Smokies has you covered. They even offer a scenic helicopter ride in Gatlinburg that explores the town and the nearby landmarks like the Space Needle and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.
Another perk of flying with Scenic Helicopter Tours is that your pilot will point out unique features and highlights as you soar above the Smokies. Helicopter rides aren't just exciting; they're fun and informative too!
Insider Tip: Depending on the tour, it is possible to make special requests to see the sight you want to see. Ask your experienced guide about this possibility when you book! For example, if you wanted to see the mountain where your Gatlinburg, TN cabin rental is located, your guide might just take you there on your flight route.
Tours To See the Seasons of the Smokies
This helicopter tour company in the Smokies is open every day of the year except for Christmas, so you can see the Smoky Mountains in every season from the air:
- Spring – See fresh colors of green sprouting in the mountains of Tennessee.
- Summer – See the mountains in the glory of summer.
- Fall – Experience the Smoky Mountains as they change to yellow, red, orange, and gold.
- Winter – See frost and rime ice on the high ridges of the Smokies.
Best of all, the national park tours take you to the remotest places in the Smoky Mountains. You can see and experience some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world from the smooth ride of a helicopter.
Tips for Flying with Scenic Helicopter Tours in Gatlinburg and the Smokies
Make Reservations – These are not required, but are recommended to ensure you can experience these fantastic tours. This tour company is often busiest during major holidays. The beautiful fall season is another popular time to take a helicopter tour or Gatlinburg.
Check the Weather – When weather conditions are poor, this company won't take flights because it prioritizes passenger safety.
Number of Passengers – Depending on the chopper, a tour can bring 3 or 4 passengers at a time.
Bring a Camera – This tour allows you to bring a camera to capture the beautiful sights and vistas you'll see on your aerial tour of the Tennessee Mountains.
Helicopter Tour Prices – Most ticket prices per person range from $26 to $172 depending on the length of your tour.
Hours – The ticket office is open from 9:00 am – 8:30 pm daily. You can call in to schedule your tour or book online at their website.
Where to Buy Tickets - You can schedule your tour and buy tickets at:
Pigeon Forge, TN 37862
This is located near the Wonderworks Museum and the Smoky Mountain Opry.
Where Tours Take-Off – The helipad for Scenic Helicopter Tours where flights take off is located at:
1949 Winfield Dunn Parkway
Sevierville, TN 37876
Below, the map shows the location of the ticket office.
Written by Hayden Brown