6 Scenic Overlooks in the Smoky Mountains to Visit This Summer

The Great Smoky Mountains are renowned for their breathtaking scenic beauty. Here are some of the best scenic overlooks in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that offer stunning views.

1. Campbell overlook

Campbell Overlook is a scenic overlook that honors an early promoter of the park, Carlos Campbell. Enjoy great views of Mt. LeConte and two smaller peaks, Balsam Point and Bullhead.

2. Chimney Tops Overlook

The peaks of Chimney Tops are some of the highest in the park. Once you reach the overlook, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and valleys and tons of azalea in bloom.

3. Morton Overlook

Morton Overlook is a well-known spot that offers fantastic views of the mountains as they gradually drop off into the Tennessee Valley. It's also one of the best spots to watch a sunrise or sunset. 

4. Newfound Gap

This scenic overlook is one of the park’s finest, with incredible views of both Tennessee and North Carolina. It’s also home to the Rockefeller Memorial and one of the best photo spots.

5. Oconoluftee Valley Overlook

Oconoluftee Valley Overlook offers 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.

6. Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome is the highest point along the Appalachian Trail in GSMNP. A steep half-mile hike leads to an observation tower with stunning 360-degree views of the Smoky Mountains.