5 Great Winter Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

Cades Cove  in the Winter

A favorite spot of the Park any time of the year, Cades Cove shows its winter side with snowy landscapes across its wide-open fields and preserved structures. Wildlife put in an appearance in different areas, especially white-tailed deer.

National Park Waterfalls

The breathtaking cascades in the Great Smoky Mountains NP are naturally favorite destinations during the warmer months. But you would be missing out on seeing some of them frozen, a gravity-defying phenomenon of sparkling snow and ice, especially at the higher elevations.

Ober Gatlinburg

The area’s only ski resort provides a great area for both skiing and snowboarding, with mostly intermediate terrain. A freestyle terrain park allows thrill-seekers to practice their jumps and flips, or everyone else to watch them.

The Incredible Christmas Place

If there’s any item related to Christmas, you’ll likely find it here in this nearly 30-year-old Pigeon Forge institution. The 43,000 square-foot holiday palace has everything you’ll need for the winter holiday, including lights, artificial trees, decorations, and personalized ornaments, a great gift-giving idea for family and friends.

Winter Hiking

Hitting the trails isn’t just a summertime activity in the Smokies. Just take a few precautions and be mindful of the snow and ice on the way, and you can enjoy relatively crowd-free hiking through these colder months. Watch out for falling icicles from above as well when trekking under cliffs.

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