Scenic Helicopter Tours in Pigeon Forge, TN

1949 Winfield Dunn ParkwaySevierville, TN 37876
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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!

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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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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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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

30 Reviews
Kim Honeycutt
1 Review
"Wow! Amazing ride."
October 2020 NEW
They all were very friendly. The boarding attendant, Sam, was great. Our pilot Lindsey did an awesome job!! Worth the money! Get the headsets! Enjoy :)
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Tip: Not scary at all. Just beautiful!!!

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timothy robbins
Lenoir, NC
1 Review
"First time"
October 2020 NEW
Nervous was a great ride for the first time. Plannning on doing it again Nick was a great pilot also
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Sharon Webster
1 Review
October 2019
This was the 3rd time and I just loved it. The guys are so friendly and nice. They explain to you everything that you are seeing. I will be going again asap. Our family loves it. Thanks guys.
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Tip: Just look everywhere. It is so much fun.

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2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Helicopter tourEnjoyed lot"
May 2019
First and beautiful experience on helicopter with Family
Thanks Tripster for the deal
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Tip: Tripster deals

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Nelson Horning
Cato, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
March 2019
I really liked the ride, was a first time experience for us and we didn't have any complaints
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Ryan Robinson
Louisville, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Birthday Gift"
December 2018
I took my my fiancee to her 1st helicopter ride.It was awesome for her 38th birthday.Looking forward for 2nd flight.
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Tip: Great Pricing!

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Tripster Customer
Alpharetta , GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Enjoyed the tour"
October 2018
It was good overall. Only thing I did not like was they charge full price for toddlers too even if they cnt see outside the window coz they r short. Rest experience was good.
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Tip: Toddler who is short may not enjoy much coz they cnt look outside.

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Kimberly Olora
Guntown , MS
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Loved it"
September 2018
We loved it, can't wait to do it again
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Tip: It is different from an airplane ride

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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"Great experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 27, 2020 NEW
This was a wonderful experience and I can’t say enough about the staff’s politeness. Loved that they explained ahead of time exactly what steps would happen as it really took away any nervousness. Absolutely loved it!
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TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 25, 2020 NEW
I think the overall experience is great. I do think you should state how long the ride is for the cost- 4 minutesfor $29 for a family of six- wasn't worth the money. One thing that bothered me is that TN has a mask mandate and an employee states when asked about masking that "You don't need to mask in here." I asked her about the mandate and she states "We are over it"
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Port Huron, Michigan
"Amazing experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 23, 2020 NEW
Pilot Nick was very informative and a great pilot. The best way to see the smokies! Would do again without hesitation.
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"Great service and beautiful scenery"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2020 NEW
Me and my husband did this for our honeymoon and he had never been in an aircraft before and the pilot Kanae I believe is his name was wonderful and was very kind to us both.
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Jeremy W
Greenwood, In, United States
"Good family fun but beware the upcharges"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2020 NEW
We stopped in the Pigeon Forge area on our way to Florida and wanted to do something different with the kids so we booked a helicopter ride. Everything was good about the flight and the staff. My two complaints are that they have one of their people take your picture which they then try to sell you for an additional $15 to $40 depending on the package like the theme parks do at the end of a ride. I never buy those either. I get that every business is trying to make money but I just spent over $400 for a less than 30 minute helicopter ride. Having someone use my cell phone to take a quick family picture is not too much to ask. They also charge an additional $5 per person if you want to use headsets to be able to talk to each other without yelling. I have been on several helicopter rides and this was the first time that I have been charged to use a headset. For these reasons I will not be back.
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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.