4 Best Places to See Snow in the Smoky Mountains

snow in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

4 Best Places to See Snow in the Smoky Mountains

Winter is just around the corner, and there is nothing more magical than seeing snow in the Smoky Mountains. While the weather is somewhat unpredictable, there are always a few places where you can go to increase your chances of seeing snow-covered mountaintops. Of course, you are more likely to see heavy snowfall in the upper elevations. Here are 4 of the best places to see snow in the Smoky Mountains:

1. Winter Hiking Trails

Rainbow Falls in the Smoky MountainsThere are so many benefits of winter hiking in the Smoky Mountains! For one thing, the trails are less crowded because of the chilly temperatures. If you don’t mind the cold, bundle up with your hiking supplies and set off on your winter adventure. While some of the trails are closed during the winter months, there are plenty of options still available. One of the most popular winter hikes is Rainbow Falls. If you are lucky, you may get to see the waterfall bejeweled with hanging icicles, which is a sight you don’t want to miss.

2. Ober Mountain

If you are traveling through downtown Gatlinburg after a visit to our restaurant, you will find one of the most popular winter attractions in the Smokies. Ober Mountain has a ton of entertainment for the entire family, including snow tubing, ice skating, skiing and snowboarding, and so much more! Your journey begins with a ride on the Aerial Tramway, which will escort you up the mountain and also gives you an aerial view of all the snow on the mountain. Throughout the season, Ober also holds a ton of special events, so be sure to check out their website to plan your trip.

3. Cades Cove

winter field in Cades Cove For those who want to enjoy the winter scene from the comfort of their own car, there are a number of scenic drives throughout the Smoky Mountains where you can see some snow. The most popular drive is the Cades Cove Loop Road, which is an 11-mile one-way loop that is filled with spectacular views. There are plenty of pull-offs along the way where you can stop to stretch your legs and capture some pictures of the winter scene. Be on the lookout as you drive the loop because you never know when you might spot a white-tailed deer scurrying through the snow looking for food!

4. Downtown Gatlinburg

While you stroll the streets of downtown Gatlinburg, you never know when the snow might begin to fall. While it is not as common as in the upper elevations, there are still plenty of chances of seeing snow along the Parkway. If you need a place to warm up and enjoy a hot meal, be sure to stop by our restaurant where you can enjoy the snow in the Smoky Mountains while staying warm. We offer a variety of menu options, so you can be sure everyone in your group will find something they love!

Do you want to see snow in the Smoky Mountains this winter? Check out some of the trails in the Smokies you need to hike during your vacation! We look forward to welcoming you to the stunning Smoky Mountains!