Scenic Helicopter Tours in Pigeon Forge, TN

1949 Winfield Dunn ParkwaySevierville, TN 37876
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Overview

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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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!

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Description

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 Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

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

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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.
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stephanie mccall
tollesboro, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"amazing"
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.
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Tip: take lots of pictures

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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!
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Barbara Padgett
Chattanooga, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Birhday!!!"
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!
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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"
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
"AWESOME"
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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Tip: VERY FUN, VIEWS ARE AWESOME!!!!!

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Emily Kelsey
McMinnville, TN
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"great experience!"
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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Rachel D
Huntsville, Alabama
"Fun in the Sky"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
Taking a fight in a helicopter was one of the things on my bucket list. My son and I were visiting Tennessee for Fall Break and saw the sign for this location as we drove to our hotel. What better time to take a flight then while you are on vacation? You're already doing fun things anyway. Since I was paying for two people, I had to select a flight that was not as expensive. The problem was that I did not think that it was going to last very long. Nevertheless, I selected the flight that was about 8 minutes long. That ended up being just enough time for my 7 year old son. He did not pay any attention to the time frame; he was just excited to be on this amazing adventure. The staff was friendly and attentive as soon as we walked in the door. The gentleman who walked us to the helicopter seemed to give special attention to my son because he was the only child on the flight. (Another couple rode with us.) My son was over the top excited because he got to wear a set of headphones and could hear himself talking into the mic. Our guide gave a god description of our ariel view so we would know what we were seeing while in the air. The take off and the landing were very smooth. Although I wanted to fly much longer, this was a good first flight for my son and it was a great way for me to check the item off of my bucket list. We had a great time!
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Anonymous
"Great Experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2017 NEW
I took my 6yr son here for our very first flight experience! This place was amazing, staff was super nice and the pilot (Savannah) was very nice, informative and done a great job! We will definitely be back! Highly recommend!
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wubtre
"It was a great ride!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2017 NEW
All of the employees were very friendly and eager to make this an enjoyable experience for us. We reserved our ride ahead of time online, but I'm not sure if this really saved us any time. We ended up waiting fairly long. One suggestion I would offer to the controllers of the business: you should offer to email a digital copy of the picture you take of each group if they opt to purchase a copy (I didn't think of this until now, so they might of gladly emailed it to me if I asked).
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JanetteDrost
Elora
"Highlight of our kids’ trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2017 NEW
We were not sure if we were going to get up due to fog, but it cleared an hour before sunset. We were in the air just as the light was fading, which turned out to be incredible as the lights began to turn on in the city. We brought our three little boys (5, 4 and 20 months) and they were completely in awed... as were we, of course! We had a slightly stressful drive getting there, as we realized last minute that our GPS took us to the registration office instead of the airfield 25 minutes away. The helicopter was running and waiting for us when we arrived a few minutes late. Thanks to the staff for being flexible even though it was such a last minute flight!
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courtneyv203
"Very Accommodating! Will definitely go back!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2017 NEW
I had booked a flight (The Ridge Runner! Amazingly beautiful!) for my girlfriend and I for her birthday, however the weather wasn't cooperating and Scenic Helicopter Tours had to reschedule our flight three different times (Of course they offered to just reimburse me as well, but I was too excited about our flight to take them up on it!). They were sure to contact me a few hours before our scheduled flight time, every time, to let me know about the weather so that we didn't drive out there needlessly. Once we were in the air, our pilot was super friendly and informative, and due to having to reschedule our flight so many times he put in some extra effort (and another minute or two) and really showed us a good time! He pointed out an eagles nest, a mansion, specific mountains, and included a few facts about the lakes as well. It was a beautiful flight and we couldn't be happier! I didn't realize it was an option to tip our pilot and didn't have cash on me - they let me just put it on my card, so no big deal there! Cute little gift shop too! We received a 15% off discount for the next time we visit!
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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.