Why Should Your Family Visit the Smokies This Winter?

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Smoky Mountains covered in snow in the winterWe all know that the Smoky Mountains are a very popular vacation destination for families during the summer and holiday seasons, but what perks do families have that visit the area during the somewhat “off-season”?

Cheaper Accommodations

Renting a condo or cabin in the Smoky Mountains is already a quite affordable vacation option for families, but in the month on February these rates can be even lower to guests. Starting as low as $99 a night, guests will enjoy the same scenic views as they would during other times of the year. To see a full list of available Smoky Mountain cabin rentals, visit the Where to Stay tab on our website. Here guests will be able to navigate through the listings by choosing their ideal accommodation type, number of guests it can sleep and location.

Less Traffic

Whether you are driving on the Parkway or hiking the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there is a significant decrease in the amount of traffic in the area this time of year. Though Valentine’s Day weekend may cause an increase, the wait times will still be significantly lower that during warmer times.

If you do decide to go hiking during this time, please read our blog post on tips to safely hike in the Smokies in winter here. (https://www.visitmysmokies.com/blog/smoky-mountains/winter-hiking-in-the-smoky-mountains/)

Snow Covered Mountains

We talk about how pretty the Smoky Mountains are all year long, but they are especially beautiful during the winter when there is snow on the peaks. You can enjoy them at a distance from the comfort of your car or lodging rental, or you can enjoy them up close by exploring the many hiking trails or one of the Smoky Mountains Visitors Centers.

Visitors Centers open in February include:

  • Gatlinburg Welcome Center: Open 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Located at 520 Parkway in Gatlinburg.
  • Cades Cove Visitors Center: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in February. Located at the mid-point of the Cades Cove Loop Road.
  • Sugarlands Visitors Center: Open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in February. Located two miles south of Gatlinburg on US-441

Want to learn about other fun and exciting things to do in the Smoky Mountains this winter? Visit My Smokies invites families and guests to check out our What to Do tab on our website. There you will find tons of up to date information on all the thrilling attractions and events in the Smokies.

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