About Scenic Helicopter Tours
Scenic Helicopter Tours offers a variety of tours with breathtaking views of the Smokies!
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 Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Scenic Helicopter Tours Review
Scenic Helicopter Tours
is the top Pigeon Forge attraction
to go to see the Smokies in their entire splendor. With a variety of scenic tours to choose from, guests leave satisfied and awed by their helicopter tour. Take my word, as I recently went on my very first helicopter ride with Scenic Helicopters and can’t say enough about the wonderful experience.
After arriving at the Scenic Helicopter Tour
headquarters in Sevierville, I was greeted by friendly staff that told me about the tour I had chosen. I felt assured my experience would be safe and memorable, and soon after climbed into the front seat of the copter, adjusted my headphones that let me communicate and hear pilot Dan Haynes, and was off the ground. The initial lift is a unique moment, as before you know it you are flying above the ground you were just standing on.
I had chosen the Gatlinburg Tour, or Mountain Valley Tour, and it provided the perfect mix of scenic images from Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
, Bluff Mountain and Tennessee Valley. It rained in a few short patches during my tour, forming a beautiful smoke over the mountains, creating a memory of the truly Great Smoky Mountains no other experience had been able to do. Credit has to be given to Dan Haynes, who navigated and narrated the trip with ease. Some of the most memorable moments include soaring over mountain tops into a vast valley down below, seeing the Smoky Mountains from the best vantage point you can imagine and the pure joy I felt my simply flying above it all. It is not an experience to be missed.
I recommend everyone make Scenic Helicopter Tours Pigeon Forge
a part of their Pigeon Forge vacation