The Best Time to Visit the Smoky Mountains

Our answer is that there is no wrong time to visit the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, as each season of the year has something unique to offer visitors.

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

This weeklong festival revolves around wildflower viewing and includes guided hikes and walks, as well as other wildflower-focused activities.


Summer is a popular time for biking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, zip-lining, and whitewater rafting in the Smokies.


From about midway up the mountains to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg below the peak color season moves through the mountains’ various elevations.


The cold temperatures offer unique opportunities. For instance, you can hike or drive to see frozen waterfalls.

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