The fun never slows down in the Smoky Mountains, so don’t let a little chilly weather keep you from coming out to enjoy the magic of the Smokies! In fact, the winter season is a fabulous time to visit the mountains without the crowds and you’ll find special off-season rates at your favorite lodging destinations! The best part is that there are still plenty of exciting attractions and activities to enjoy in the area during the winter months! Here are the top 4 things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the winter:

1. Snow Tubing

If you loved sledding down your neighborhood hills as a child, just wait until you see the snow tubing facilities in the Smoky Mountains! Snow tubing is a fun activity that the entire family can enjoy together as no skill is involved, so get the gang together for a thrilling outdoor adventure! Pigeon Forge is home to the Smoky Mountain Snowpark, which has the largest outdoor snow tubing hill in Tennessee! If you travel a bit south to Gatlinburg, you can also enjoy the outdoor snow tubing action at Ober Mountain!

2. Hiking in the National Park

hiking trail in the Smokies covered in snowThe Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open all year long, so take advantage of the season to take a winter hike through the park! This is a chance to explore some of the park’s most popular trails while they aren’t busy, and the winter landscapes are particularly stunning with frozen waterfalls and snow-covered trees! Start your day at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, where you can get the latest information about trail availability from a park ranger. Just remember to dress in layers for the weather conditions and stay hydrated!

3. Visit a Fascinating Museum

Another one of the top things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the winter is to visit one of the area’s fascinating museums! These aren’t your typical dry history museums, but unique and interactive attractions that can be enjoyed by family members of all ages! Some of the museums you’ll discover in Pigeon Forge include the Titanic Museum, Alcatraz East Crime Museum, Hollywood Wax Museum, and the Mountain Wildlife Museum! As if that doesn’t sound good enough, you also won’t want to miss the Hollywood Star Cars Museum in Gatlinburg!

4. Warm Up With a Delicious Hot Meal

jt hannah's burger with sweet potato waffle fries and cocktailsWhen it comes to a winter visit to the Smokies, one of the most popular activities is dining out! After a fun day of exploring the Smoky Mountains, join us at our Pigeon Forge restaurant for a fantastic meal that is both delicious and affordable! We are pleased to offer the highest quality meats, pasta, and seafood around, all at prices that are incredibly reasonable! This is also a chance to enjoy some friendly southern hospitality and a relaxing atmosphere, so don’t be surprised if you decide to dine with us several times during your vacation!

Be sure to check out the tempting menu at our Pigeon Forge restaurant and add us to your itinerary of fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains this winter! We look forward to seeing you soon!

J.T Hannah's