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Winter hiking in the Smokies is one of the best activities to enjoy

4 of the Best Reasons to Go Winter Hiking in the Smokies

November 6, 2020

Hiking is a great way to be a part of nature, even in the winter months! You can still enjoy hiking in one of the most beautiful places in the country. There will be select trails open in the winter, but the trails that are open will be easy to navigate. You’ll have to bundle up in warm clothing, but it’ll all be worth it when you see snow covering the peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains. The breathtaking sights are just one of the many reasons you should go winter hiking in the Smokies on your next getaway. Here are 4 of the best reasons to go winter hiking in the Smokies:

1. Breathtaking Sights

rainbow falls winterHave you ever seen snow falling gently on the peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains? It’s one of the most breathtaking sights you’ll ever witness! Going winter hiking is the perfect opportunity for you to witness nature’s Christmas miracle. Hikers really love seeing Rainbow Falls in the winter because the waterfall usually freezes into icicle formations in cold temperatures. If you do decide to hike this trail, just make sure you bring sturdy hiking shoes so you can have proper traction in the snow. Alum Cave is another great place to go to see giant icicles in the winter.

2. Enjoy Winter Wonderland Vibes

There are a lot of people who live in states where it doesn’t usually snow in the winter. One of the best ways to get in the mood for winter is by seeing snow. When you come to the Smokies, you will love being able to see the snow fall. You can get all the winter wonderland vibes your heart desires by winter hiking in the Smokies. Even if there’s no snow on the ground, you’ll probably see ice. You’ll get to see the snow, icicle formations, and experience a fun hike. Your family will love getting to share this winter experience with you!

3. Better Your Physical and Mental Health

Hiking boots in the snowRelieve all your stress from work by going hiking in the Smokies in the winter. Many people feel better after going out in nature and doing physical activities. Hiking is a great way to better both your physical and mental health. You’ll also get to spend quality time with the ones you love. As you watch the snow fall on the mountains you’ll start to feel all your stress fade away. Sounds like a great winter getaway to us!

4. Experience True Tranquility

Spending time surrounded by nature is the perfect way to experience true tranquility in the Great Smoky Mountains. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then a winter hike is the way to go. As you hike to a frosty waterfall, you’ll get to experience what the Smokies are all about. You can take this time to explore the park and you might even find a new trail that you love.

You’ll love to go winter hiking in the Smokies. If you find yourself wishing for warmer weather, check out our white water rafting trips in the Smoky Mountains. Then start planning your next trip to the Smokies!