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Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook

Gatlinburg By-Pass, Gatlinburg, TN
+1 865-693-5739
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Worth the drive for the picturesque view of the mountains and the explanation for the smoky look... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Dick T
Vacaville, California
Family Tradition

We stop at the Gatlinburg Overlook on the Gatlinburg Bypass each year when we visit the Smokies... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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The Gatlinburg Overlook is located on the Gatlinburg Bypass which runs between the Gatlinburg Spur and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Gatlinburg Spur runs between Pigeon Forge TN and Gatlinburg. The Bypass is accessible from the Spur or from the National Park. There are four parking areas on the Bypass. You can exit your vehicle and take in the views. We recommend the 2nd and 3rd parking areas. From the overlooks, you will see the entire town of Gatlinburg with its majestic mountain backdrop.
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Gatlinburg By-Pass, Gatlinburg, TN
+1 865-693-5739
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Worth the drive for the picturesque view of the mountains and the explanation for the smoky look. I had no idea it was primarily from evaporation of the vegetation. Go figure.

Thank Dick T
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stop at the Gatlinburg Overlook on the Gatlinburg Bypass each year when we visit the Smokies. It is a family tradition that started one year when my Mom took us there. She took a picture of me & my husband with the town of...More

Thank daisyferret1
Reviewed 6 days ago

The overlook is just breathtaking, so beautiful. Can't go through without stopping for pictures and to look.

Thank Shirley G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved stopping at the scenic overlook on the Gatlinburg bypass. Got a great view of Mt. Leconte and back over into the Smokies. Our only issue with the overlook was not enough parking; but, this is more of an issue during the fall colors from...More

Thank Scott G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a pretty drive. It's close to the Gatlinburg entrance. But....If you plan to explore the park over several days, there's so much driving through similar terrain that I consider this drive extraneous.

Thank stasiav
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I were visiting our Knoxville friends and decided to come down to Gatlinburg for the day. The scenery is just gorgeous and you don't see much destruction from the fires especially in the downtown area. Many people hesitate to visit because of...More

1  Thank MaryannF650
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gorgeous view - great place to take pics! Easy access. You can get a real feel for the Smokey's from this point

Thank sm99220
Reviewed 1 week ago

When driving through the Smokies, take your time and stop by the multiple scenic overviews. The beauty of the mountains is so calming.

Thank Melissa S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see! A different perspective of the town of Gatlinburg. Also, a nice drive without the traffic of the town.

Thank momavc
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great experience... Very beautiful and relaxing. We had another couple take our picture. very enjoyable

Thank Brad H
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July 17, 2017|
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Response from tenntraveller70 | Reviewed this property |
This area is easy to reach and good views can be had from a vehicle or from a chair parked on the sidewalk. I also recommend some of the Quiet Walkways between Sugarlands and Alum Cave Trail. Some of these provide paved... More
I will be heading to Smoky Mountain area in June with my husband and 2 young daughters. I already posted about accommodations and found answers very very helpful, as we are new to the area. Now I am interested in feedback on recreation. I am trying to avoid burned out areas, which some of course is ok, but I am afraid too much might worry my girls as they wont be able to understand yet exactly what all happened and that it is safe now, etc... Anyhow, my first question is if anyone is familiar with the River Romp tubing company and their river routes. 1. Is it safe enough for a 3 1/2 yr old and 5 1/2 yr old (will have life jackets and be with us of course)? 2. Is the route along the river preserved or burned out? 3. How long does it take to do the 2.5 mi trip on tubes? 4. How long do you wait afterward to be picked up? 5. Is it along a highway or more of a scenic route? We would like to feel in nature, scenic, but also need to be accommodating to little kids, trying to find happy medium. I will also call and ask them directly but would be interested to hear outside feedback as well. Or if you have any other recommendations? Thank you very kindly!
May 3, 2017|
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Response from KDS37930 | Property representative |
We are not able to answer your questions about the properties that are privately owned. You don't need to be concerned about burned areas. New growth has sprung forth, and the area is beautiful and vibrant.
April 25, 2017|
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Response from my-momwow | Reviewed this property |
Despite the fires, you are coming to the right place! This area is packed full of family-friendly attractions and so much natural beauty. We left the day before the fires swept into town and returned again just three weeks... More