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Winter is a magical time to visit the Smoky Mountains. There are numerous festivals and events to attend, in addition to all the wonderful attractions that are open year round. If you are planning a vacation with children, you do not have to worry about there not being enough for them to do. Here are 5 things to do in the Smoky Mountains with kids this winter:

Christmas lasts all December long in the Smoky Mountains. From incredible Christmas displays, to holiday shopping, to endless family-friendly entertainment, there are countless ways to celebrate Christmas in the Smokies. There’s no better place to get into the Christmas spirit and spread the joys of the season than the Smoky Mountains. Visit My Smokies put together a guide of 16 ways to celebrate Christmas in the Smoky Mountains to help you make the most of your vacations.

If you’re just now getting into hiking, we know that a few of the bigger hikes in the Smokies can seem intimidating. Don’t worry, you don’t have to start with hikes like Chimney Tops or Mount LeConte. Instead, try a few of the beginner-friendly hikes that our national park offers. Here are 7 trails in the Smoky Mountains for beginner hikers:

When you visit the Smokies, there are a few things you will want to experience while you are here. Not only because they are amazing, but also because you will not find anything like them anywhere else. Here are 5 things you can only find in the Smoky Mountains:

If hiking is your hobby, then you probably have hiked quite a few trails in the Great Smoky Mountains! A great trail that’s considered difficult with a roundtrip length of 5.9 miles is Bullhead Trail! This trail boasts breathtaking views of the mountains, and it’s one of the less traveled trails in the park. Check out these 6 things you didn’t know about Bullhead Trail in the Smoky Mountains:

On September 28, park officials and the public celebrated the completion of the John Oliver Accessible Trail in Cades Cove. This half-mile, paved trail is about 8 feet wide in order to accommodate those with wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Meeting the standards of the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), this trail in Cades Cove provides access to the John Oliver Cabin for visitors of all ability levels.

As the temperatures begin to drop and October approaches, the feeling of fall is right around the corner. The Smoky Mountains are the perfect place to visit this time of year, mostly because of the beautiful colors the leaves turn during autumn. No matter what part of the Smokies you are visiting, there are great places to get the best views of the amazing scenery. Here is the ultimate guide to the best places to see fall colors in the Smoky Mountains: