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10 Photos of the Smoky Mountains in the Winter That Will Make You Want to Visit

The Smoky Mountains are beautiful all year long, but the wintertime brings out something special in them. When you visit during the winter season, you’ll have beautiful sights — from snow-covered mountaintops to sparkling holiday lights. We’ve put together a collection of gorgeous photos of the Smoky Mountains in the winter that will make you want to pack your bags and visit as soon as you can!

1. Imagine seeing the picture-perfect scene of snow-covered trees and mountains right from the deck of your Smoky Mountain cabin.

Beautiful view of the Great Smoky Mountains with snow covering the trees

2. Or starting your morning watching the sunrise above the snowy trees in Cades Cove.

Cades Cove winter sunrise

3. Nothing compares to the sight of the fog rolling across the wintry mountains.

snow in the smoky mountains

4. Be sure to take a scenic drive for some up-close sights of the snow in the mountains.

Car driving on Newfound Gap Road in the Winter

5. The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge creates a picture-perfect winter scene.

Visiting the snow covered Old Mill is one of the best things to do in Pigeon Forge in February.

6. Bring a camera to capture the beauty of Mount LeConte covered in a blanket of snow.

Mount Leconte covered in snow

7. Visit Cades Cove to see historic structures, waterfalls, and more all dressed in a bit of winter magic.

Cades cove church in the snow

8. Take in the stunning sights of downtown Gatlinburg covered in snow during the day and lit up at night.

A photo of the downtown area covered in snow near our Gatlinburg TN condos.

9. See unbeatable views like this all around you when you visit the Smoky Mountains this winter.

winter scene in the smokies

10. Millions of sparkling lights decorate the area through February.

Smoky Mountain Christmas lights

After seeing these gorgeous photos, we bet you’re ready to plan your visit today! Here are some tips for how to have a wonderful vacation in the Smoky Mountains in the winter:

Things to Do

There is plenty to do in the Smoky Mountains during the winter! Ober Gatlinburg is one of the most popular attractions. Hit the slopes for hours of skiing and snowboarding fun, or try the Ski Mountain Coaster for a thrilling adventure! For some of the best views like what you see in the pictures above, go for a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You’ll have the opportunity to see snow-covered mountains, frozen waterfalls, icicles, and more. Other popular things to do include visiting Anakeesta and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, or taking in the sights from the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle.

Where to Stay

Nothing beats staying warm in front of the fireplace in a Smoky Mountain cabin rental. Enjoy picture-perfect views of the Smoky Mountains in the winter from the comfort of your very own cabin! Whether you’re soaking in the bubbling hot tub or drinking hot chocolate as you admire the mountain views from your deck, you’ll love everything about your cabin. We have cabins for all occasions, from romantic getaways to family reunions. Browse all our cabin rentals in the Smoky Mountains to find the perfect one for your stay!

Winter Weather in the Smoky Mountains

Average temperatures in the Smokies during winter range from high 30s to high 40s, and there is always a chance of seeing snow — especially in the higher elevations! Be sure to pack warm clothing for your trip so you can get out and explore all the picture-perfect sights.

Now that you’ve gotten a taste of some of the beautiful scenes you can expect to see when you spend winter in the Smoky Mountains, we bet you’re ready to start packing your bags! Keep up to date with the weather in the Smoky Mountains in the winter with our weather forecast videos, and start planning your trip today!