6 of the Best Places to Take Pictures in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains

Striking photo of Gatlinburg and the mountains.

When you visit Gatlinburg, TN, you will want to document your trip with plenty of photos! The Smoky Mountain area is full of beautiful scenery, so it isn’t hard to find a breathtaking backdrop for your family to pose in front of. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Stony Brook Cabins has put together a convenient guide to six of the best places to take pictures in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.

1. Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook

The Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook is the perfect spot for a family photo! Located along the Gatlinburg Bypass, this scenic pull off offers unparalleled views of the city of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. What makes the overlook so stunning is the dramatic contrast in elevation between the Gatlinburg skyline and the mountains. If you’re looking for a photo opportunity that captures the essence of Gatlinburg, it’s hard to beat the overlook!

2. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Sign

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most iconic attraction in East Tennessee. Taking a photo in front of the sign welcoming visitors to the park is an absolute must! When you enter the national park, keep your eyes peeled for the famous sign on the side of the road. Located two miles south of Gatlinburg, Sugarlands Visitor Center is also a great spot to snap a souvenir picture.

3. Gatlinburg Space NeedleThe Gatlinburg Space Needle and Ripley's Odditorium on The Strip.

The Gatlinburg Space Needle is another one of the best places to take pictures in Gatlinburg. When you visit The Strip, there are a number of locations where you can take photos with the beloved Space Needle in the background. Of course, heading to the top of the 407-foot tall observation tower is a fantastic option for anyone looking for stunning mountain views in their photo.

4. Newfound Gap Road

When it comes to photo opportunities, Newfound Gap Road really has it all. Stretching from Gatlinburg, TN to Cherokee, NC, this incredibly scenic road is filled with numerous pull offs where you can get out the car for a family picture with the mountains behind you. Other popular photography destinations along Newfound Gap Road include the Tennessee/North Carolina State Line and Clingmans Dome.

5. Gatlinburg Sky Lift

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift is a fun chairlift ride that leaves from the Parkway and takes guests up 1,800 feet to the top of Crockett Mountain. Taking a selfie as you climb to the mountain’s peak is perfect for a couple on a romantic getaway. The Sky Lift was recently renovated to include taller towers and cross arms, so passengers are 8 – 10 feet higher than they were in the past.

Chairs on the deck of The Hemingway cabin in Gatlinburg.6. Your Cabin’s Deck

When you stay with Stony Brook Cabins, you won’t have to leave your home away from home to take a fantastic photo! Our cabin rentals are some of the best places to take pictures in Gatlinburg, especially when you choose a property with mountain views. Gathering the whole family for a photo on your cabin’s deck is sure to be a vacation memory that you cherish forever.

To start planning your next getaway, browse our selection of cabins in Gatlinburg!



Stony Brook Cabins and Chalets
1663 East Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA
Reservations: 800-633-5652
Local: 865-436-7428
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