Gatlinburg Parkway

High Definition Gatlinburg Web Cam

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in Gatlinburg Attractions

Would you like to see a new High Definition Downtown Gatlinburg Web Cam?

UPDATE May 12 2014: Thank you for the support everyone. After several months we have concluded there just is not enough participants to support a new Gatlinburg area webcam. Thanks again to everyone, We tried!!!

At GSMVRO we have received many questions, concerns and complaints about Gatlinburg web cams that are not functioning despite the fact we do not own or manage any of them! We feel your pain! And have grown somewhat weary of the Smoky Mountains Webcams inconsistencies.

So here is our proposition: We(GSMVRO) would consider taking over and managing some of the non working Gatlinburg webcam locations such as the location in the photo above. If… (Keep reading below)

What we have learned after some initial research:

High Definition(H.264) pan, tilt and zoom webcams with heaters and fans built in that are capable of running in extreme weather(snow,rain) cost in excess of $2000. Extremely reliable webcam hosting services that can handle the high definition(H.264) bandwidth and 1000+ simultaneous viewers at a time and 30k to 40K plus viewers per month is expensive(over $200+ per month) If GSMVRO could obtain a reasonable number of willing subscribers to help offset the cost of maintaining a new HD webcam with quality exceeding any other Gatlinburg cam we would seriously consider hosting that camera. but…

Our big Question to Our blog Readers: Would 50 cents per month or say a $6 per year subscription be worth it and a fair amount to view the downtown Parkway in high definition with 99% up time? This would be a private cam that only subscribers could view. If we get enough response we will look into this scenario further. Please leave your comment below if you would be interested in subscribing to such a service. We kindly ask you not to tell us you know how/can install and run a Gatlinburg webcam for free or $30 a month etc, if you can do that then let us know when your personal Gatlinburg cam is ready to view and we will gladly add your cam to our webcam page. GSMVRO has no interest in hosting a cheap, low resolution/blurry tiny screen web cam that crashes every time more than 3 people view it at once or encounters a few rain drops or bad weather!!! I think we all have seen enough of broken web cams already. In all fairness keeping webcams running year round is much more complicated than you might imagine so congrats to those who have done a successful job with their cams. If GSMVRO is going to undertake this project we are going to do it right or not at all. Our goal would be to make the camera viewer feel as close to being here in Gatlinburg as possible. See the following link for an example of an HD Web Cam whose  broadcast quality we would strive to acheive:
HD WEB CAM EXAMPLE Click Here Note: When page opens click bottom right corner of viewer to see full screen
“A Large screen super clear Gatlinburg cam that delivers incredible resolution and works 99% of the time regardless of the weather or high viewer traffic is the least we will settle for!!!”

We hope you all agree. Let us know if you like the idea in the comments below?

{ 75 comments… read them below or add one }

Margie Higginbotham November 4, 2015 at 11:06 am

I would subscribe to help support the webcams. Crazy that an area that is supported by tourism won’t do something to help. My husband and I spent at least 5 days every spring and fall for over 30 years. If anyone asked us about the area we’d tell them about the webcams so they could see for themselves. Now most of them are offline. Sad.

ricky jenkins March 22, 2015 at 11:48 am

I would think the city of Gatlinburg would find it profitable to run its own webcam. However I would certainly subscribe to a Gatlinburg webcam and I think there would be enough of others who would too.

T. Allen April 21, 2014 at 8:24 am

Has there been any new developments on this? I am ready to sign up!

JW March 28, 2014 at 6:05 am

I’m glad to hear somebody in the Gatlinburg area is interested in the webcams. They are tremendous sales tools. I’m not convinced though that 1 private group (GSMVRO) trying to sell subscriptions is the way to go. Sure everybody says “I’ll pay” but the reality is, they probably won’t on a continuing basis, especially these days when money is so tight for most folks. And these cams are not cheap to set up or maintain. Surely the Chamber of Commerce there realizes the advertising value of the cams. Look at the Space Needle controllable cam (which is still down while undergoing upgrading). That thing gets a tremendous amount of use and what great advertising for them and the cabin company. It is seldom idle and usually you anxiously wait several minutes in cue for your 1 minute turn. I just don’t understand why the C of C or a coalition of businesses don’t buy and maintain a couple cams like the Space Needle. As a frequent visitor (and future retiree living there) I can tell you, that I use any and all working cams in Gatlinburg almost daily (I still even try to get the broken one’s to work!), just to see what’s going on. Honest to goodness, we love Gatlinburg so much, and the cams keep us sort of connected. The webcams are sales tools, they are marketing tools. I wish a big group would step up and take advantage of the opportunity, and it appears that GSMVRO is willing to step up, but it is an expensive undertaking, good for them for at least coming up with a plan! Thank You!

Evelyn March 19, 2014 at 6:09 am

That would be great!! sign us up.

Katie March 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Yep, sign me up…i’d gladly subscribe to a reliable high def web cam!

Andrea Wheeler March 16, 2014 at 3:09 pm

I would!!! I love to watch!

Angela March 16, 2014 at 10:21 am

Yes I would pay for this . Please let me know when it’s available. Thank you .

Elayne March 16, 2014 at 8:23 am

This sounds like a great idea. We hope it will be done.

MARVIN March 15, 2014 at 11:50 am


Roger March 15, 2014 at 8:44 am

Sign me up.

MARVIN March 14, 2014 at 6:11 pm

count me in

Edward March 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm

yes i would pay 6.00 a year get it up please

Roger March 13, 2014 at 7:23 am

I would pay $6 a year to view cam.

SteveR March 12, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Absolutely! Been really missing the cam at Blaines; count me in.

Tamy March 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm

We come to Gatlinburg every summer and fall. We love to come visit as it is beautiful and we have a very nice time. When we are at home I enjoy looking at the web cams which makes me keep wanting to come back, So you take the free webcams away and want us to pay for a hi def cam, you are only showing us one still photo, half of the time the web cams are not working. I have found other sights that show the web cams even better. We spend A LOT of money when we come to your town so it would be ridiculous to spend money on a hi def cam. I am always showing friends/family the web cams which makes them want to come to Gatlinburg. So please bring the other ones back!

Lisa March 10, 2014 at 11:42 am

Count me and my husband in, we love to look and see the weather and say let’s go!!! It is like a mini vacation to just watch the cams from home… Would like to see more than one though if possible…..

Gordy March 10, 2014 at 9:05 am

I would gladly pay for a great web cam to get my Smoky Mountain fix. I’ve been there and I’m going back and If you really love Gatlinburg you will use it especially after you leave. I certainly will.

Carol Hoffman March 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm

waiting to hear if this proposed service with be implemented!

Carol Hoffman March 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm

$6.00/year is insanely cheap for the privilege of connecting with Gatlinburg. I am not only a visitor but I own a home in the Arts &Crafts community and am planning to relocate from New York within this next year. I love to see the moving life in the place I plan to call home. it sustains me while I wait for the appropriate time to move!!!

bill r March 7, 2014 at 6:10 pm

sign me up ,like seeing whats going on when i can”t get up there

Goat March 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm

I’m in, let me know how much

Holly March 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm

We love Gatlinburg and visit the webcam frequently. So, we would definitely be interested in this!!

Edward March 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Let me know where to sign up!

Jeannie March 7, 2014 at 8:54 am

Yes,, I would pay $6 a year to view the cam.

Terry March 7, 2014 at 6:09 am

Yes, I would be willing to join at $6/yr.

jeff mcneil March 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm

great idea

Eddie S March 6, 2014 at 6:03 pm

I think I could go for that!

Josie Burnsed March 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Count me in. I try to check out the web cams everyday just to see how the weather, crowds and the views are looking after a busy day in Florida.

Allan March 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm

I would gladly pay to get quality video and check out the traffic and weather conditions.

Roger March 4, 2014 at 9:05 am

Count me in.

Leonard March 1, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Count me in.

T. Allen February 25, 2014 at 8:13 am

Just tell me where to sign-up!! I would welcome a quality web-cam and $6.00/year is a VERY REASONABLE price!

John Walker February 24, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Count me in, too. 🙂

Bugs Bunny February 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I would pay 6.00 a year

ryan February 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Count me in

K.A.B. February 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm

I would sign up!

Bill February 19, 2014 at 5:48 am

Sounds good to me, I would pay $6 – $10 a year for that

Jerry February 16, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Would love it!

Jennifer February 16, 2014 at 8:49 am

I would pay $6.00 a year. Count me in!

Bobbie February 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Yes, Sounds Awesome

Evelyn February 13, 2014 at 7:23 am

We would love to be able to see the downtown with a dependable cam, we visit the ones that are running many times a day, count us in.

Karen February 13, 2014 at 6:53 am

That would be awesome. I long to be there & $6/year is totally doable for me to “visit” often!

Larry Catlett February 12, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I go to Gatlinburg two times a year going spring break I would pay six dollars A year.

Charlotte February 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Sure! Count me in.

Toby February 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm

I’m all for it. Sounds great

Ken M February 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

I would gladly pay up to $10 a year to get quality video and check out the traffic and weather conditions.

Steve KACHENOVICH February 8, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Depending on price sounds good. Love Gatlinburg.

Katie February 8, 2014 at 9:06 am

I’d be more than happy contribute/subscribe.

Jeannine February 8, 2014 at 7:23 am

I love to watch the streets and the mountain views. Count me in.

frank cullen February 6, 2014 at 5:36 pm

count me in

Jenny February 6, 2014 at 7:58 am

Yes! My heart is in the Smoky Mountains. I would pay a small fee to get great, working cameras.

Hope February 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

I would be all in on this. This is the way I can take a trip there. This is a very special place for me.

Trina February 4, 2014 at 5:39 pm

I am IN!!!!!

shannon February 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Sounds reasonable. I’m in.

Bob K February 3, 2014 at 10:24 am

Count me in…..Would like to see more than one cam though.

Rhonda February 2, 2014 at 9:56 am

If only subscribers can use the webcam, tourists (such as myself) who are interested in coming to the area would not have access. I have been watching the area over the past week as we will be visiting shortly and the webcams are extremely helpful. We have never been to Gatlnburg. I won’t be using them again af ter our visit. I think free webcams benefit tourism, even if there is only 1 for public access.

Tommy Bowman February 2, 2014 at 8:52 am

Count Me In

johnny phillips February 1, 2014 at 6:13 am

Sounds great, count me in.

Rick Spragg February 1, 2014 at 5:40 am

I would sign up for this.

Rick Spragg February 1, 2014 at 5:39 am

Yes, I would sign up for this.

jim mcpherson January 31, 2014 at 11:03 am


Mark Willoughby January 30, 2014 at 7:11 pm

$6.00 for a short trip is great

Tim January 30, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Sounds like a great idea. I would think a $6.00 membership is very reasonable.

C Jones January 29, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Excellent idea. Would surely pay $6.00 a year for such great clarity and dependability.

Derias Tate January 29, 2014 at 9:24 am

I would be interested and $6 per year is extremely reasonable.

Derias Tate January 29, 2014 at 9:21 am

I would pay a reasonable fee for this. $6-$10 per year would be reasonable.

Rick Carlisle January 29, 2014 at 4:47 am

Just let me know when to sign up!

T January 28, 2014 at 9:09 pm

I would be happy to get in on this!!

Ken January 28, 2014 at 6:26 pm

This sounds like a great idea. I’m in!

Shawn Franz January 28, 2014 at 6:26 pm

6.00 is a bargain Sign me up

sandy rankin January 28, 2014 at 6:19 pm


thomas rhoden January 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I am with you 100%. Please let me know how many cams it will be before I commit. thank you very much for stirring interest in this wonderful cause.

Travis Houk January 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm

$6.00 a year, I could afford that to take a mini trip to Gatlinburg any time I wanted.
Count me in.

Richard Babin January 28, 2014 at 1:52 pm

I’m a regular visitor and would gladly subscribe at a reasonable price.

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