The 4 Best Winter Activities in Gatlinburg

Photographing the snow covered mountains is one of the best winter activities in Gatlinburg.
December 29, 2015

You are looking for a great family getaway weekend spot this winter, you have been searching for a place that is a great place to unwind while providing you with a ton of great activities to check out. You have been searching high and low for a great location, well now you have found it. Gatlinburg is full of great activities year round and winter is no different. To help you decide which activities you need to participate in during your visit here is a list of the best winter activities in Gatlinburg that are guaranteed to make your trip absolutely amazing.

1. Ober Gatlinburg

Some of the best winter activities in Gatlinburg involve snow. At Ober Gatlinburg, you can enjoy all the best snow activities. You can hit the slopes and go skiing, snowboarding and even tubing. You can take as many trips down the slope as you like, and if you are new to skiing and snowboarding there are lessons available to help you get started. Then once you are done hitting the slopes, you can take laps around the ice skating rink and show off your best ice skating moves. Ober Gatlinburg will provide you with a full winter experience.

2. Hiking

Hiking is a staple activity in Gatlinburg, and just because the cooler weather has rolled in it doesn't mean you have to miss out on this spectacular Gatlinburg activity. There are many great winter hiking trails in the Gatlinburg area that will provide you with breathtaking winter views. On Alum Cave Bluff Trail, you can see large frozen icicles and beautiful mountain views, especially if you hike all the way to the summit of Mount Le Conte where you will get to see some of the best views around. Another trail that you should definitely check out in the winter is the Rainbow Falls Trail. At Rainbow Falls, when the temperatures drop below freezing for a couple of days water freezes to the side of the waterfall making for a spectacular view. However, if it isn’t cold enough to do that during your visit, on sunny afternoons Rainbow Falls displays a beautiful rainbow in the mist that comes off of it.

3. Cross-Country Skiing

A woman hiking through the forest in the winter.

When snow covers the mountains many other great winter activities in Gatlinburg open up for you to enjoy. One, in particular, is cross-country skiing off of Newfound Gap Road. During the winter, Clingmans Dome Road closes and is the perfect road to go cross-country skiing or hiking down. Along the way, you will see breathtaking winter sights that will blow your mind.

4. Gatlinburg Winter Magic

Photo of a holiday light display in Gatlinburg.

No winter is complete without enjoying beautiful winter light displays. During the winter, Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic lights program transform Gatlinburg into a brilliant spectacle of seasonal delight. With caroling, a big parade a special celebrations and fireworks, you will definitely not be disappointed. If you book your trip during New Year’s Eve, there is an amazing celebration in downtown Gatlinburg that include a ball drop and fireworks being shot off of the Gatlinburg Space Needle.

Getting to check out all of these winter activities in Gatlinburg is a great way to spend time together as a family. So you don’t miss out on this amazing time to bond with your loved ones check out our Gatlinburg cabin rentals.