Text Us Text Us

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

December 1, 2017 September 18th, 2020
Winter hiking in the Smokies is one of the best activities to enjoy

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 national parks in the United States when it is chilly outside. 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 the 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.

1. 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.

2. Breathtaking Sights

Bridge over a river covered in snowHave 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.

3. 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 holiday spirit is by seeing snow. When you come to the Smokies in the winter, you have to see the snow fall. You can get all the winter wonderland vibes your heart desires by winter hiking in the Smokies. 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!

4. Better Your Physical and Mental Health

Hiking boots in the snowRelieve all your stress from work by taking a winter hike in the Smokies. You can take time to reflect on what your year has been like and think about your new year’s resolutions. It’s 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!

There are other great activities you can do besides winter hiking in the Smokies. Check out our blog on Smoky Mountain activities you can enjoy during Smoky Mountain Outdoors’ whitewater rafting off season.