Newfound Gap Smoky Mountains Tour
DEPARTS Pigeon Forge, TN
The Best Smoky Mountain Attraction
- Views from 1 Mile High: See what seems like forever over the Great Smoky Mountains from a vantage point nearly 1-mile high at Newfound Gap
- Educational: Learn of the Smoky Mountains’ history, geology, flora and fauna from one of our certified tour guides
- Ecosystems: View and encounter ecosystem changes on your 3,000-feet climb to Newfound Gap
- Epic Photo Ops: Enjoy several stops near streams and lookouts for photographs to share
- End with a 4x4 Adventure: All of our Smoky Mountain tours end with an exciting off-road
- Certified, Local Tour Guides: Our guides are local experts, highly trained on safety, and
maintain an Interpretive Guide Certificate (CIG)
Creating Memories Worth Repeating®
There’s a lot planned for you on your Smoky Mountains tour to Newfound Gap. Before your adrenaline charged 4x4 off-road adventure, you'll depart in an iconic, open-air Pink® Jeep® Wrangler from of our convenient Pigeon Forge, TN, location. From there, Sugarlands Visitor Center is your first stop. You’ll learn the history of the towns we pass along the way.
From Sugarlands Visitor Center, you'll ascend 3,000 feet on paved roads. You’ll pass through a mixed forest made up of a mix of trees and smells that mimic that of the boreal forests that form a ring just south of the Artic Circle. Discover how the Smokies got their name, stop for amazing photo opportunities and hear more of local geology and history.
Guided Tour of Newfound Gap
You’ll arrive at Newfound Gap, which is nearly 1 mile above sea level. You’ll see part of the mighty Appalachian Trail. Rockefeller Memorial is where U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt stood to dedicate the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Sept. 2, 1940. A short nature walk brings yet more discoveries.
But Newfound Gap’s main attraction is its stunning viewpoint. It stretches as far as your imagination no matter the season. April and May bring wildflowers. The summer brings rolling and layered green hues. The fall features vibrant autumn colors. And, the winter reveals the true scale of the Great Smoky Mountains after its leaves have fallen.
The return trip from Newfound Gap includes stops for more photos. You’ll see the streams that ultimately feed the Gulf of Mexico via the mighty Mississippi River.
Thrilling 4x4 Off-Road Experience
Your tour finishes with a hand-gripping, off-roading ride through a trail on private land. Your professional tour guide has been expertly trained to give you an experience unlike any other in the Great Smoky Mountains. After your thrilling 4x4 ride, you’ll be dropped off in time for your next planned activity, but not before filling your memory—and camera—with stories and pictures to share.
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Following are real guest reviews, voluntarily submitted and unedited.
The tour was great and exciting! We had a wonderful guide who knows a lot about the area and was very informative. Overall it was a great experience.
Spouse was on oxygen so she chose shotgun. Ages 4 to 60 were on our tour. It may have been hotest day of season, very comfortable in back ,floor board up front was a little hot. Tom was well deserving of tip. Tennessee Kesler will be back.
For the money I spent I expected more then just drive up and down the Smokey mountain I could of driven the route myself and saved lots of money
Our guide Cody went above and beyond to make sure we had an exceptional trip.??
Not really what I had thought it was going to be. I would have like more stops for picture opportunities and the "off-road" portion was cheesey...thought we would be going through streams and big rocks...not cemented man made hills
Fantastic..will recommend to everyone...had lots of fun and saw beautiful scenery
Perfect for our families first tour off road and informational ride along! Spectacular!
Loved it, we were also lucky enough to see a black bear!
I do not want to get our guide in trouble about his demeanor but he was not interesting in the least, provided very little information or history and seemed not that interested in being there with our group. He was sorta pleasant but we paid for a “Guided” tour that should be knowledgeable about what he’s showing us. There was NO storytelling either. I think I could give a better tour on the fly reading off of google info myself.
Our guide, Ronnie, was informative, fun and entertaining. He went above and beyond to make the tour a memorable one, showing us great photo spots, taking photos and sharing lot of local knowledge. It was a great introduction to the Smokies and a fun and relaxing morning!