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, FL11,828 contributions
Couples
This is one of the most popular spots for taking pictures of the city of Gatlinburg with Mt. Leconte for a backdrop. Views from here are always beautiful but if you want a spectacular view then do what my wife & I did & visit during the fall when the leaves turn to brilliant colors. Located on the Gatlinburg bypass, where there are four parking areas to choose from. There is no admission fee. The Bypass is open 24/7 year round except during inclement weather (snow & ice).
Written December 2, 2021
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Lorenzoachef
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Couples
The Gatlinburg bypass and Cades Cove motorcar tour is beautiful but almost bumper to bumper this month.
A carload of New Yorkers a few cars back kept honking and yelling to speed up even though the park's Cades Motor Trail has a 10 m.p.h. speed limit. Where are they going?
The views are spectacular!
Saw a group out of their vehicles chasing down a black bear for a photo! Stupid and dangerous to all including wildlife.
What are we thinking people!
Written October 10, 2020
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Glenn
Nashville, TN140 contributions
Taking the by-pass brings you around all the downtown Gatlinburg traffic. This route is very valuable during high traffic months or events. However, there is a pull off mid way which has the best view of Gatlinburg and the Great Smokey Mountains. This is a must see when visiting the area and makes a great photo stop.
Also, you'll never know when you just may run across a local bear running down the road.
Written January 22, 2021
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Dan
Panama City Beach, FL11,828 contributions
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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Sweetanddandy
Milwaukee, WI176 contributions
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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Eric J
United States1 contribution
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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Riah Moyers
6 contributions
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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Xamot Tomax
Fort Wayne, IN5,972 contributions
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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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC13,366 contributions
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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T Smith
306 contributions
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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