In choosing the Smoky Mountains as your vacation destination, you've chosen one of the best places to bring a family, group or sweetheart (or just yourself!) for a vacation in the country. The Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee are the #1 most popular National Park in the country (for many very good reasons) and the surrounding cities are continuously on the grow with excellent attractions for kids, adults, elders and everyone in between. You and whoever you bring with you are pretty much guaranteed to have an awesome time here.
And while many of our visitors drive to the Smokies from nearby places, many more come from further around and need to fly into Knoxville to have access to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville and Wears Valley. In this article, we'll give you a short run down of what to expect when flying into Knoxville.
* McGhee-Tyson Airport *
McGhee-Tyson is our major airport for Knoxville and Sevier County. Is it located on Alcoa Highway in Alcoa, TN, roughly 58 minutes from Pigeon Forge. As far as airports go, McGhee-Tyson is thankfully smaller and simpler than some other major airports you might be familiar with (it's a lot harder to get lost). McGhee-Tyson offers several restaurants onsite (Ruby Tuesday and Quiznos, to start with), several gift stores, a huge, gorgeous indoor fountain and more. The Hilton Knoxville is the onsite hotel and you can visit their website here
Car rental companies onsite are:
Budget Car Rental
National Car Rental
Avis Car Rental
Payless Car Rental
Thrifty Car Rental
There are also taxi services
you can charter to and from the airport that you can see at www.knoxvilleairporttaxi.com
After choosing your ride, you will turn left out of the airport and go North on Highway 129. You will turn right onto West Governor John Sevier Highway and drive that until you get to Chapman Highway. Chapman Highway is the road that connects Knoxville (West) to Sevierville (East). You will want to go East towards Sevierville on Chapman Highway (which is also 441). This drive will go on for quite some time (roughly 30-35 minutes) and then you will come to Forks of the River Parkway. When you see a clock tower show up along the city skyline, you've reached Sevierville. Forks of the River Parkway is extremely short and then turns right onto the Parkway that connects Sevierville with Pigeon Forge and later Gatlinburg.
Congratulations! You've arrived at the Smoky Mountains!
If you would like to see a Google Maps path that details getting from McGhee-Tyson Airport to Pigeon Forge, here is that link: https://goo.gl/maps/y2ZqHgaNj5s
If you would like to see a Google Maps path for getting back to McGhee-Tyson from Pigeon Forge, here is that link: https://goo.gl/maps/xnE1nr6AevE2