The 4 Best Smoky Mountain Winter Activities

04 January 2016 / By parksidecabins
a young woman with backpack hiking in the Smokies in the snow
Jan 04, 2016 Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountains are one of the most visited areas in the entire country and for good reason. The Smoky Mountains are full of many great activities and things to see so no matter how many times you visit this beautiful area of the country you will always have something new to do. These activities and things to see don’t stop existing just because the winter weather has arrived. In many ways, the Smoky Mountains become even more amazing during the winter season with amplified mountain views and even more great activities for you to try out. To help you decide what you will be doing during your visit to the Smoky Mountains here is a list of the best Smoky Mountain winter activities for you to enjoy.

1. Winter Hiking

If you are going to do one thing during your visit to the Smoky Mountains you should go winter hiking. Hiking is a favorite pastime of visitors of the Smoky Mountains and that doesn’t stop when the winter weather rolls in. There are many amazing winter hikes for you and your friends or family to explore. Some of the best winter hikes include Alum Cave, Abrams Falls and Rainbow Falls. All of these hikes include breathtaking views that you won’t want to miss out on no matter what time of the year it is. When you go winter hiking this season don’t forget to dress warm because at higher elevations the temperature tends to be much colder and you don’t want to miss out what each trail has in store for you.

2. Cross-Country Skiing

Of course, during your visit to the Smoky Mountains this winter you don’t want to miss out on the snow. The snow will provide you with some of the best sights you have ever seen. One of the best Smoky Mountain winter activities for seeing sights is cross-country skiing. You can push yourself across the land much faster on skis and experience the Smoky Mountain snow up close and personal. One of the best places you can cross-country ski in the National Park is on Clingmans Dome Road which is closed to motorized vehicles during the winter season. Along the way you can experience the beauty of the quiet forest after a fresh snowfall and more.

3. Chasing Views

One of the reasons people come from all over the world to visit the Smoky Mountains is to check out the fantastic views. These views become even more amazing during the winter season with the mountains becoming covered in a beautiful layer of snow. Chasing views throughout the park is definitely one of the best Smoky Mountain winter activities because you will be able to picture those views in your mind forever.


4. Exploring Cades Cove

In the busiest National Park in the country, there is, of course, the most popular place to visit and that place is Cades Cove. Cades Cove is open to the public all 365 days of the year and during the winter, there are a lot of things for you to explore. Along Cades Cove loop this winter, you can watch wildlife, explore various hiking trails and enjoy the local history of the Smoky Mountains.

There are many great Smoky Mountain winter activities for you to enjoy and you won’t want to miss out on any of them. The best way to not miss out on them is by booking one of our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals today.