When you think of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you might initially think about summer fun or the leaves turning in autumn, but winter is a time of incredible beauty as well. After many of the trees lose their leaves, the crowds also depart, leaving a winter wonderland for you to enjoy in peace. The green of summer and yellows, oranges, and reds of fall give way to the soft blues, silvers, and purples of winter. Plus, the humidity fades, making for amazing panoramas of snow-covered mountains. Here are few activities to enjoy winter in the Smokies.
One of the best ways to enjoy winter in the Smokies is to go hiking. Particularly at the higher elevations, there is often snow from December to February, and there is a high likelihood you have the trail to yourself. Many of these trails can be tackled by casual hikers and there is no need for additional gear beyond the basics. Winter views stretch much further as the haze of summer has vanished, making the panoramas of range after range of mountains even more breath-taking.
Even if you visit after Christmas, the lights of Pigeon Forge are justly famous and stay illuminated until Feb. 17, 2020. There are more than five million lights along the Parkway. Trees, ornaments, and festive designs light your way, plus there are fairy-tale characters, historical scenes, and much more. Pigeon Forge even publishes a driving tour to facilitate your tour. Check out the area’s great shopping while you’re out.
Another fun way to spend winter in the Smokies is on the slopes. Ober Gatlinburg has some of the best slopes in the southeast, great for skiing, snowboarding, or even just riding down in a tube. There is even a ski school and you can rent your equipment there. The season extends all the way until April 1, 2020, offering plenty of opportunities to enjoy the fresh mountain air.
With the variety of indoor and outdoor activities in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, the best way to enjoy winter in the Smokies is by reserving one of our cabins in the Smokies. You might be surprised at how easily one of our warm and cozy cabins fits into your budget. Plus, what better way to end a fun day on the slopes, trails, or shops than in front of a crackling fire or in a bubbling hot tub?
All of our cabins in the Smokies come with fully equipped kitchens, so you can start your day with a hearty homemade breakfast. Throw some steaks on the grill for dinner and you can eat like a king or queen while saving money on dining. In the first two months of the new year, we also offer an extra night for free to anyone staying two nights, further lessening the cost of winter in the Smokies. Book now and enjoy winter in the Smokies!
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