Things To Do In the Smoky Mountains In Winter

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After the busier seasons of spring, summer, and fall, now comes winter in the Smoky Mountains. 

From skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing to visiting historical sites, exploring nature trails, and dining at local restaurants you'll never run out of things to do in the Smoky Mountains in Winter!

What Are The Winters Like In The Smoky Mountains?

Generally, the weather in the Smokies during the winter is moderate, some days are sunny with high temperatures of 65° Fahrenheit.

Most nights have a lower temperature at or below freezing point and can go as low as -20°F at high elevation.

If you enjoy the snow, make sure you go in the months of January and February as these are the times when you will most likely find snow on the mountains especially on the higher ones. 

Best Things To Do In the Smoky Mountains  In Winter

Winter Hike

Some of the best trails to hike during the winter are Andrews Bald trail, Rainbow Falls Trail, Charlies Bunion, and Porters Creek. 


Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville are decorated with more than 5 million twinkling Christmas lights that continue to delight everyone even after the Holiday season is over.

Snow Tubing

Snow Tubing is a fun activity for the whole family and is offered 90 minutes for each tubing session at Ober Gatlinburg.

Skiing and Snowboarding

For adrenaline junkies, you can also go skiing and snowboarding at Ober Gatlinburg.

Smoky Mountains Guided Tour

Exploring the Smokies can be a bit of a challenge in winter. Book a guide tour with expert guides leading the way.

Rent a Cabin

Cozy fireplaces, lavish furniture and countless entertainment options – it's an unforgettable experience!

Winter Packing Checklist For The Smokies