Don't visit the Smoky Mountains without a trip to the Foothills Parkway ! from Pigeon Forge take Rt.321 through Wears Valley to Townsend .. once to Townsend at the traffic light turn right on Hwy. 73 keep heading out of Townsend and you'll see signs for Foothills parkway.
There are several pull offs with amazing views !! Make sure you check it out !