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 Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

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Joni W.
1 Review
"Anniversary getaway"
Reviewed April, 2016 NEW
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
Verified Traveler
"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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Meagan E

Fredericktown, Ohio

"Awesome views! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 24, 2016 NEW

We bought the Wears Valley tour and we were not disappointed. A tip-if you go to the ticketing center tickets are $10-$15 cheaper than online booking. There are many different tours to choose from. There are ones that last from $8-2 hours+ and the prices vary darastically. The ladies at the ticketing center are very helpful. They helped my boyfriend and I pick the perfect tour and described their faves as we had never flown on a copter before. They have 5 helicopters and are constantly going it's a sight to see. The actual flight was great! It was 18min and our pilot Tommy was very personable! He was very informative and funny and made the flight worthwhile. You can buy headsets so you can headsets you can talk to the pilot and each other-they are totally worth it! Great experience!!!!!

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Akerra N

"Fabulous views and great experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2016 NEW

Our pilot was John knew the area well and was very informative. Our boarding attendants was Craig and Alex both was very professional and nice. We had a great experience. I would recommend them.

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Louisville, Kentucky

"Great experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 15, 2016 NEW

The ride was great and very professionally done. The views were spectacular. Our pilot was very informative one what we were able to see.

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Lynda U

"Helicopter tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 10, 2016 NEW

The ride was AWESOME! Our pilot Travis was very knowledgeable. The tour of the Smokey mountains was incredible. Highly recommend taking a tour.

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Jason N

Marion, Illinois

"Family getaway"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 06, 2016 NEW

Scenic was a great experience for the whole family we recommend it to all. We had 5 in our group and went up in a 6 seater they accommodate single up to 5 + pilot and a special thanks to our pilot Dan for making the experience even better.

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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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