Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook
Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook
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The Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook offers breathtaking views of downtown Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. 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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Dan
Panama City Beach, FL14,152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
My wife and I stopped by today. Never miss the opportunity to take in this view whenever we are in the area. The scenic views of downtown Gatlinburg with the majestic mountains in the background are spectacular any time of the year however the Fall season (October & November) when the leaves change colors is truly magnificent and our favorite time to be here. Highly recommend. A must see. Open daily year round except during inclement weather (snow & ice). Four separate overlook areas. No fee required. Located on the Gatlinburg Bypass which runs between the Gatlinburg spur and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Written October 6, 2020
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Riah Moyers
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We just happened to stop along here on the way to/from Pigeon Forge. It was a great view of Gatlinburg and the mountains. While we were parked up there, we saw a rain storm blow in over the mountains and town. I'm from flat lands Ohio, so it was really different to see rain come in like that.
Written June 27, 2020
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Eric J
United States1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Gatlinburg Tennessee is to small of a place to have so many people there visiting. We went there and couldn't even find a parking spot so went back to pigeon forge. It's not fun when u can't go because of the crowded streets and people
Written October 27, 2021
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Dr_Xaos
Palatine, IL1,209 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Nice view of Gatlinburg and the surrounding Smokey Mountain area. An overlook section located right off the road, which makes access fairly easy (i.e., no hiking paths). The number of parking spaces is limited, so it may be difficult to actually find a spot if busy. We actually had to stop by on our return trip because so many people were already there during our first pass.

Free to the public, and fairly well-maintained. Some trash/litter around from other visitors, though.
Written August 14, 2023
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Sweetanddandy
Milwaukee, WI154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Gatlinburg is highly recommended. My family visited during the 4th of July weekend and loved the parade and fireworks. Everyone we met was so kind! Unless you’re staying in a nearby place that is within walking distance, be sure to get into Gatlinburg early. Although there are many parking structures and lots, they fill up quickly.
Written July 10, 2022
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC12,810 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I found this scenic overlook by accident because I made a wrong turn and the only place I could turn around to go to town is this overlook place. Boy I am glad I got lost. This is a good view of the town in the valley that I am going to stay and the view of the mountain that I will traveling around. It is a good place to orient yourself to the town and the Great Smokey Mountain. Warning: it is quite a busy place so not easy to find parking spot or to be at social distance. But is is brief and worth a photo or two.
Written August 17, 2020
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Xamot Tomax
Fort Wayne, IN6,812 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
This is such a beautiful national park. Bypass the downtown traffic and see some great views of Gatlinburg. While you’re driving through the Smoky Mountains you’re likely to see some wildlife. Their are plenty of places along the way to park and take pictures. Just be sure to check the weather the ahead of time.
Written September 30, 2021
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SCTraveler2010
South Carolina163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Want to drive through the mountains and take beautiful pictures of vistas and overlooks? Don't want to drive all the way into the park with everyone else? Drive the bypass! It's fairly easy to drive, has a lot of beautiful views, including looking down on Gatlinburg, and you can fit it in during a little downtime.

Do be mindful of the roads. They can be a little narrow and winding in the area, and use some caution in the middle of winter. It's not like trying to ride the Tail of the Dragon in January in a blizzard, but it's a bit mountainous in some spots.
Written February 18, 2020
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T Smith
346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
There are two overlooks along the bypass. The first one driving towards the Sugarland Visitor’s Center is the better of the two in my opinion. We could have stayed all day. With Covid, we didn’t stay as long as we probably would have otherwise due to social distancing. The views are phenomenal!
Written October 4, 2020
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Steven W
Sacramento, CA1,295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
It's a nice view over the town of Gatlinburg, but as you go further up the road, you'll find much better views of the Smokies. This is a nice big turnout, so lots of parking available. Worth a quick stop.
Written October 3, 2021
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