The problem with some vacations spots is that they’re only worth visiting a few months out of the year. But the Smoky Mountain area is different. Gatlinburg weather offers great opportunities for fun and relaxation no matter what season you choose for your visit!
Spring pokes its nose out usually around March, and generally lasts through May. Nature is waking up from her long, cold winter’s nap during this time. You’ll find signs of this everywhere, from the wildflowers springing to life in the mountains to the animals you’ll notice scurrying about in our woods and pastures. Daytime highs are in the 60s or 70s, and at night it can turn just a tad cooler, with lows in the 40s to mid-30s. This is a fine time to appreciate our spacious natural beauty, do some shopping, or just curl up around a campfire or cabin hearth with a cup of hot chocolate.
June through August is the busiest time of year for us. The water parks, rides, and other attractions are bustling with excitement. Unlike other parts of the south, the climate here is temperate during summer, with highs in the mid-80s and lows at night in the 60s. This is the perfect time to do almost anything your heart desires, from spending a day or two at Dollywood to going for a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You’ll find the summer months ideal for exploring all of the many things we have to offer.
In autumn the temperatures dip just a little, with daytime highs in the 70s and nighttime lows in the 50s. If you’re a lover of fall’s colors, then you’ll find Gatlinburg to be like heaven, especially during October. Our mountains transform from green to spectacular shades of orange and red. No better opportunities for picture taking exist anywhere else on Earth. You’ll also find plenty of festivals at this time of year, where local musicians gather to play and craftspeople sell their pottery, painting, and woodworking.
If you love to ski or go snowboarding, then you’ll find great opportunities around Gatlinburg during the winter months. This area gets a bit colder than the rest, with lows often dipping in the 20s and daytime highs in the low to mid 30s, sometimes the 40s on mild days. Ober Mountain in Gatlinburg offers courses ranging from easy to challenging, and when you finish on the slopes, you can visit their restaurant for a warm beverage and a great meal.
As you can tell, any time is a great time in Gatlinburg. We look forward to seeing you soon!