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Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook

Gatlinburg By-Pass, Gatlinburg, TN
+1 865-693-5739
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Magnificant views!

The trip to the scenic overlook is worth it we stopped at a lot of the overlooks on the way up... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sad, beautiful view

A great view of the town. So sad to see the damage done by the recent fire. It gives a good... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Gatlinburg By-Pass, Gatlinburg, TN
+1 865-693-5739
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The trip to the scenic overlook is worth it we stopped at a lot of the overlooks on the way up. They were all beautiful! Sad to see the devastation.

Thank Atraveler1955
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A great view of the town. So sad to see the damage done by the recent fire. It gives a good perspective of the fire.

Thank cubsproat
Reviewed 3 days ago

Don't skip this drive! It's well worth the time. We took our time and was able to grab many photos. If you want to experience breathtaking views this is a great trip to take.

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 3 days ago

A must stop to view the majesty of Gatlinburg nestled in the beautiful Smoky Mountains! The mountains change the view at different times of day. May be smoky, may be clear, may even be a rainbow! Easy drive up..great road to by pass the town...More

Thank juliejayjohn
Reviewed 4 days ago

After driving the 30 miles from Cherokee through the beautiful Smokies, this drive was pale by comparison.More

1  Thank HankmidGA
KDS37930, Commentator at Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, responded to this review

We agree that Great Smoky Mountains National Park between Cherokee NC and Gatlinburg TN is truly beautiful. There are lots of pullovers with scenic overlooks, waterfalls, hiking trails, picnic areas, and sometimes wildlife along the roadside. The Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook is limited to views of...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

who can pass on a 360 degree view of pure mountain breathless view. Cannot drive by without stopping to take in the natural beauty. It also had restrooms just incase the elevation pressure kicks in. We spent a good while exploring and taking lots of...More

Thank seterafranklin
Reviewed 6 days ago

Easy to find --you just follow the By-pass road coming into Gatlinburg! A great family spot to see the smokies.Open and scenic--you can see most of the town from here!

Thank Manushack
Reviewed 1 week ago

Anyone coming to Gatlinburg needs to take the by-pass and check out the view of Gatlinburg. It's a great spot. Also if you're going to Pigeon Forge go this way to miss traffic in downtown Gatlinburg.

Thank Chessiefortworth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I read on TripAdvisor about the beautiful views this scenic drive offers and I wasn't disappointed. Do recommend to take this bypass and get some lovely pictures here !

Thank Mariyah H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pretty view from here although the leaves were coming on the trees and could not see the town too well. But worth the stop.

Thank bivens40
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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!
3 May 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.
I would like to know how much of the scenery and forest has been burned out by the autumn forest fires. I understand that not all structures were burned but if we were wanting to go on a hike, to a scenic overlook or most of all rent a cabin, are there still pristine views of the smokies? And if so, where? I am having a lot of difficulty pin pointing this information. I will be travelling with young children and am looking for both outdoor activities, kid friendly attractions and memorable scenery. I will be driving from Illinois so unfortunately anywhere too far past the Sevierville/Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area is too far for us. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
26 April 2017|
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Response from tenntraveller70 | Reviewed this property |
The advance of spring is just now indicating how much of the forest has been destroyed and how much has survived. In some areas, around Chimney Tops, the fire was hot enough to kill the trees; in some areas the fire burned... More
Hopefully, no one in this area told you that Hwy 441 up the mountain was closed until April 1st. The road is open 24/7 year 'round except in inclement weather, such as ice and snow. Then it is only closed until they can get the road cleared.
19 March 2017|
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Response from Culinaryem00 | Reviewed this property |
Gatlinburg overlook is along the Gatlinburg bypass. That never closes unless there is inclement weather. Once cleared it opens back up. Not sure who told you it was closed but they gave you false info.