Smoky Mountains – 5 Great Overlooks


So you’ve embarked on your fall vacation to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! You and your family are eager to take in the smell of the fresh air, taste the delicious food, and of course, enjoy views of the incredible fall colors! While among the traffic of the downtown Parkway, it can be hard for families new to Pigeon Forge to find a place to enjoy a peaceful overlook of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Never fear, Pigeon Forge TN Cabins is here to assist you with all of your Pigeon Forge vacation needs! Continue reading below for our five favorite autumn overlooks in the in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. If you’ve been searching for a place to enjoy a view that takes your breath away, check out these hikes and drives. Make sure you bring your camera – the photo opportunities (both landscape and family portraits) are endless!

Clingmans Dome
This overlook is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, making it a “must see” for any visitor to Pigeon Forge. On clear days, you will enjoy views of more than 100 miles – quite a sight to see if we do say so ourselves! The trail is accessible through Newfound Gap Road, which is mentioned later in this post.

LeConte Lodge
Located at an elevation of 6,400 feet atop Mount LeConte, this lodge is accessible through hiking trails ranging from 5.5 to 8 miles in length. The perfect way to enjoy a day of nature and sunshine, this Lodge offers overnight accommodations and even lunch reservations for day hikers. The view is especially breathtaking in the morning and evening!

Cades Cove
One of the most popular motor trails in the area, Cades Cove offers guests a chance to take in all the Smoky Mountains have to offer. From mountain views to sweeping valleys, old homesteads and more, Cades Cove is rich in both history and wildlife. Capture an image of the elk grazing among the autumn leaves, or a photograph of the pioneer structure amid the red foliage.

Newfound Gap Road
This expansive stretch of road is basically a headquarters to every great overlook in the Great Smoky Mountains. Offering multiple overlooks that capture views such as waterfalls, the Chimney Tops mountain and more, you will enjoy every second of this motored drive.

Little River Road
This rolling and winding road offers scenic views with rushing mountain streams alongside the street. With many “pull over” spots along side the road, this drive offers the perfect opportunity to capture the fall color among the rapids. Far less crowded than typical motorist attractions, Little River Road will take you to Cades Cove.