See the Best Views of the Smoky Mountains on this Photo Tour
Explore the natural beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park without ever leaving home. Join us on a photo tour of the most scenic overlooks offering some of the best views of the Smoky Mountains.
This scenic spot, Campbell Overlook, honors an early promoter of the park, Carlos Campbell. Here you’ll find great views of Mt. LeConte and two smaller peaks, Balsam Point and Bullhead.
Location: 2 miles from the Sugarland Visitors Center on U.S. 441/Newfound Gap Road
Chimney Tops Overlook
You will find some of the most majestic mountain views at the Chimney Tops Overlook. The peaks of Chimney Tops are some of the highest in the park, sitting nearly 2,000 feet above the West Prong Little Pigeon River. Here you can see Rock Mountain and tons of azalea in bloom.
Location: between mile markers 4 and 5 on U.S. 441/Newfound Gap Road
The view of the mountains as they gradually drop off into the Tennessee Valley are absolutely stunning from atop Morton’s Overlook, which sits at over 5,000 feet above sea level. Look for the twinkle of lights to see Pigeon Forge on a clear night.
Location: after the tunnel, at mile 13 on U.S. 441/Newfound Gap Road
Newfound Gap is just right down the road from Morton’s Overlook. This scenic overlook is one of the park’s finest, with incredible views of both Tennessee and North Carolina. This spot is home to the Rockerfeller Memorial where President Franklin D. Roosevelt commissioned the park in 1940.
Location: along U.S. 441/Newfound Gap Road, just a mile past Morton’s Overlook
Oconoluftee Valley Overlook
Just down the road from Newfound Gap is the Oconoluftee Valley Overlook, with great views of the North Carolina side of the Smoky Mountains and some of the best views of the sunrise you’ll find in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Location: along U.S. 441/Newfound Gap Road, just a mile past Newfound Gap
Clingmans Dome is the highest point along the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The parking area of Clingmans Dome is a great spot to take in breathtaking views of the North Carolina side of the mountains, while the observation tower, located at the mountain’s summit, has some of the best views of the Smoky Mountains you’ll find anywhere in the park.
Location: access Clingmans Dome Road just past Newfound Gap on U.S. 441/Newfound Gap Road and travel 7 miles to reach the parking area at Clingmans Dome
These scenic overlooks are also part of several scenic drives in the Smoky Mountains that will be accessible when the park reopens. So make sure to add these scenic overlooks to your summer bucket list of things to see and do in Pigeon Forge.