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Chilhowee Gliderport

Chilhowee Gliderport

The Ultimate Bird’s Eye View

Take to the skies and see the Overhill region like never before in a truly unique ultralight experience.

Chilhowee Gliderport
8261 US-411
Benton, TN 37307
(423) 338-2000
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See the Tennessee Overhill from above while soaring over mountains and river valleys in a glider plane. Experience thermal, ridge, and even wave soaring. Gliderport owner, Sarah Kelly Arnold, is a internationally recognized champion glider pilot. In addition to paying for a guided glider tour, you can also sign up for private lessons from owner-operator, Sarah Kelly.

Experience the thrill of motorless flight along the Appalachian Mountains and Tennessee Valley, admire the Hiwassee and Ocoee Rivers from the air as you go up like a hawk. On some days you can fly the ridgeline at awesome speeds, other times you can take hold of the controls with your pilot and feel what it is like to fly a glider through the various air currents that sustain free flight. These are all the joys of soaring at the Chilhowee Gliderport.

Since 1973 the Chilhowee Gliderport has offered rides, instruction, and towing. It is a great place to come spend the day watching the beauty of soaring flight, take a ride in a glider, or watch as glider pilots from around the world make this a start point for a long cross-country flight. Our powerful towplanes can tow most any type of glider year round and rides are provided by FAA certified glider flight instructors. If you have the particular bug to learn to fly gliders, ask us about primary glider instruction for the new pilot or transition training for the current power pilot.

Chilhowee is open year round. We are open weather permitting, from approximately 11:00 AM until Sunset Friday through Sunday. Call or email for reservations. Calling will ensure you are scheduled for your ride, the ride of a lifetime.

What People Are Saying

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Road trip

Linda, NC.

This was a very beautiful drive. It had a lot of overlooks and the trees were very beautiful. We also rode over to Joyce Kilmer Forest. This was a very nice hike and was amazing to see all the older trees. I would advise to take a bathroom break before the trip across the mountain.

Unbelievable beauty

dbauman, TN

Incredible drive through the Cherokee National Forest. Lots of hiking, waterfalls and mountain streams. Areas of the skyway are rather curvy, so beware. Some like to speed through this area either in road rally’s or on motorcycle. Have seen several severe accidents. A MUST visit for all the beauty!

Gorgeous views

Mike, AL.

We were surprised at how beautiful this route is. Sadly, our trip was cut short from annual undergrowth burning. We will definitely come back this way.

Awesome road and view


Nice smooth road that’s a lot of fun with beautiful sights. There’s plenty of pull offs for photos and small hikes and it makes a really nice scenic drive.


Bruce, MS.

We were in town to view the fall foliage. We hit it just right. This drive is magnificent. Several viewing sights along the way. Take advantage of all if possible.

See For Yourself

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Places to stay near here


The Tennessee Overhill region covers several areas that are full of wonderful places to stay. No matter where you end up, you can rest easy knowing days full of fun and adventure await!


Red Roof Inn

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