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

  • 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.

Description

from Scenic Helicopter Tours
Scenic Helicopter Tours offers a variety of tours with breathtaking views of the Smokies! Open 9 AM - Sunset daily. No weight limit. 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. Our facilities can also accommodate persons with disabilities.

Upsy 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.

River Ride: This flight takes you over the French Broad River and rolling hills of Sevier County. From 1,200 feet you will see a beautiful panorama of the Great Smoky Mountains. This flight covers 8 Miles.

Lake View Tour: Our Lake View tour takes you past the French Broad River and out to Douglas Lake, a 33,000 acre man-made lake with over 450 miles of shoreline. This flight takes you to an altitude of about 1,500 feet, providing a superb view of the Great Smoky Mountains to the South. Along the route you will see areas of farmland and quilt-like patterns of pasture land. As you approach the Lake, you’ll fly next to Douglas Dam. Your flight time will be about 6 minutes depending upon wind and weather conditions.

Extended Lake Tour: The Extended Lake Tour includes and extends beyond the Lake View flight. You will fly directly over Douglas Dam and proceed across Douglas Lake, nationally renowned for both largemouth bass and crappie fishing. In the summer, you’ll see astonishing sun-glistening views of the water and people enjoying their time on the lake. During the winter, TVA lowers the water level generating electricity, so you’ll have majestic views of exposed islands and coves.

As your flight heads southwest, you will see the Great Smoky Mountains in the distance. On this flight, the helicopter climbs to a slightly higher altitude than on the Lake View flight, allowing for greater visibility of the national park. Flightpath is about 16 miles.

Mountain Valley Tour: 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/tour duration is approximately 12 minutes depending upon wind and weather conditions.

Ridge Runner Tour: This is a newly named "classic" over the Chilhowee Mountain Range. Fly over the lesser developed areas. Historic downtown Sevierville and Pigeon Forge can be seen off in the distance. Mountains, ridges, and valleys are the highlight of this tour.

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/*tour duration of about 18 minutes.

National Park Tour: This scenic tour 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/*tour duration of about 25 minutes.

*Tour times are approximate and dependent on winds and weather conditions.
*All flight routes are weather permitting.
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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.