What do you hope to see during this year’s visit to the Smokies? A dinner show in Pigeon Forge? Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg? Whatever else you’re planning to do, see, and explore in the Smokies, we’d put our money on this one: you’re here to experience the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains!
Part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the beautiful Smokies are protected by the most visited national park in the nation, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and they’re worth checking out while you’re in town. Plan for a waterfall hike to one of the park’s 16 main waterfalls, a bike ride around the Cades Cove Loop, or an unforgettable glimpse of these natural wonders from high in the sky with one of these sky adventures in the Smokies!
Scenic Helicopter Tours
Since 1972, Scenic Helicopter Tours has flown more visitors over larger portions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park than any other helicopter service in the area. A family-owned-and-operated business, Scenic Helicopter Tours also boasts the most FAA & National Park Service approved flights over the Smokies. With tons of accolades from TripAdvisor and past guests, you’re sure to love your comfortable, safe, and professional experience with Scenic Helicopter Tours, who will take you high above the Smokies for a bird’s eye view of the park.
Scenic Helicopter Tours provides 12 different tour options for your scenic flight over the Smokies. These include short tours like Lake View, which takes you over the French Broad River to Douglas Lake; mid-range tours like Mt. Valley, which takes you a total distance of 24 miles over Bluff Mountain and the Tennessee Valley; and extended tours like the Scenic Special, which is first choice among the Scenic Helicopter Tour pilots. This tour covers nearly 70 miles, taking you over the heart of the Smokies to areas of the national park you can only see from the air!
For a complete list of Scenic Helicopter Tours and an idea of their pricing*, see below. Be sure to visit the Scenic Helicopter Tours website or call 865-453-6342 for tour descriptions and current pricing as well as to book your tour.
River Ride - $25 per person
Lake View Tour - $35 per person
Extended Lake Tour - $49 per person
Foothills Tour - $49 per person
Mt. Valley Tour - $70 per person
Ridge Runner - $95 per person
Wears Valley - $117 per person
Gatlinburg Tour - 117 per person
National Park Tour - $157 per person
Scenic Special - $550 per person
The Grand Tour - $700 per person
Smoky Mountain Spectacular - $1,120 per person
*Prices generally reflect the cost of these tours for 1 to 2 people. Please visit the Scenic Helicopter Tours website for the cost of a ride with 3+ guests.
Smoky Mountain Ziplines
One of our Cabins for YOU partners, Smoky Mountain Ziplines, offers one of the newest and largest zipline tours in Pigeon Forge! You’ll cover more than 4,200 feet of cable at this exciting attraction that features 7 ziplines, 2 hours of fun, and an exclusive 30-foot freestyle drop. And with their highly skilled staff members and reasonably priced photo packages, it’s no wonder Smoky Mountain Ziplines received TripAdvisor’s FlipKey Award for “Top Pigeon Forge Area Tours” in 2015!
Smoky Mountain Ziplines is also an ideal choice for group outings in the Smokies. Thanks to its large base camp, you can easily accommodate your 8+ group, whether you’re hosting a wedding party, planning a corporate getaway, or sponsoring a church retreat. Be sure to visit the Smoky Mountain Ziplines website directly for more information on group rates and special group discounts.
The basic price for the 2-hour tour at Smoky Mountain Ziplines is $89.95* per person. They also offer a $15 discount for booking your reservation online or calling ahead with a Smoky Mountain Ziplines brochure. Other discounts offered by Smoky Mountain Ziplines include $5 off per ticket to enlisted personnel and their immediate family members, $5 off to seniors 65 and older, and seasonal specials. Please see their website or call 865-429-9004 for more details.
Smoky Mountain Ziplines Requirements:
- All guests must be at least 8 years old to ride.
- Minimum weight is 60 pounds.
- Maximum weight is 275 pounds.
- No open-toe shoes.
*Price is subject to change.
Skydiving in the Smokies
Flyaway Indoor Skydiving
This is your warm-up to the real thing in the Smokies! Flyaway Indoor Skydiving in Pigeon Forge simulates the skydiving experience without the pressure of jumping out of a plane. A popular training resource for sport skydivers and even military units, Flyaway Indoor Skydiving is the site of America’s first vertical wind tunnel and offers its guests a body flight experience that’s as close to skydiving as you can get.
Located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Flyaway offers 3-minute flying sessions for individuals, 15-minute sessions for families (up to 5 flyers), a discounted rate for repeat flights, and more. The basic price for a 3-minute first flight is $34* per person. See their website or call 1-877-293-0639 for more details. *Price is subject to change and does not include tax.
Skydive Smoky Mountains
After testing the waters at Flyaway, get ready for the real event at Skydive Smoky Mountains! The longest-running USPA Drop Zone in East Tennessee, Skydive Smoky Mountains features world-class instructors and quality student training for the best and safest skydive experience in the Smokies.
Wondering what to expect? Skydive Smoky Mountains offers tandem-only skydiving from heights up to 12,000 feet! Before you jump, you’ll receive all the safety information you need for a safe and fun time. Check their website or call 865-577-9798 for more information and for pricing. All guests must be 18 years or older and weigh less than 215 pounds with no chronic back, neck, or knee problems to participate.
Cabins for YOU partners offer special discounts to all our guests. For more information on the discounts available at these and other local attractions, feel free to call or start an online chat with one of our reservation specialists today!