Newfound Gap Road in winter with snow and icicles next to road
January 4, 2024

One of the biggest reasons why people like to visit the Smokies in winter is the chance to see snow. The Smoky Mountains don’t get as much snow as some parts of the country, but when they are snow-covered, they transform into a magical winter wonderland. If you’re visiting the area this winter and are hoping to see snow, check out these places where you’re most likely to see snow in the Smoky Mountains.

1. Newfound Gap Road

If you’re looking for snow in the Smoky Mountains, one of the best places to go is Newfound Gap Road. This road winds through the Smokies to connect Gatlinburg, TN, to Cherokee, NC. Newfound Gap Road offers gorgeous scenery year-round, including the chance to see snow-covered mountains in winter. Because this road travels across some higher elevations, you have a good chance of seeing some snow either on the sides of the road or on the peaks of the surrounding mountains. Just make sure you check for road closures before you head out, as the National Park Service may close the road for safety during certain weather conditions.

2. Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails

snowy footbridge on Alum Cave Trail

The higher elevations in the Smoky Mountains tend to see more snow than the lower elevations. That means the best places to go for snow are higher up in the mountains. There are a number of hiking trails that are known for providing great opportunities to see snow in the Smoky Mountains in winter because they take you up higher elevations. Some of the most recommended winter hikes include Alum Cave, Chimney Tops, and Mount LeConte. Make sure you dress in layers, wear sturdy hiking boots, and bring plenty of water so you can stay safe and warm during your winter hike.

3. Ober Mountain

One of the best places to experience snow in the Smoky Mountains is Ober Mountain. You’re almost guaranteed to see snow at this Gatlinburg attraction. Throughout the winter months, Ober Mountain creates their own snow when needed so that winter enthusiasts can participate in a variety of snowy activities. You can go skiing or snowboarding down the slopes, or go snow tubing down their tubing hill. There’s even an area specifically designated for guests of all ages to discover the excitement of winter by playing in fluffy snow.

4. Rowdy Bear’s Smoky Mountain Snowpark

girl snow tubing down snow-covered hill

Another great place to enjoy snow in the Smoky Mountains is Rowdy Bear’s Smoky Mountain Snowpark. Kids of all ages will love this outdoor snow tubing experience. This Pigeon Forge attraction has the largest outdoor tubing hill in Tennessee at 500 feet in length. Rowdy Bear’s Smoky Mountain Snowpark uses state-of-the-art snow-making and snow-grooming equipment, which means your snow tubing experience isn’t dependent on whether or not the area has had snowfall. After your tubing adventure, you can also enjoy their other attractions, including the Ski Lift Shootout Coaster, Avalanche Snow Coaster, Outdoor Axe Throwing, and more.

5. Pigeon Forge Snow

You are 100 percent guaranteed to see snow when you visit Pigeon Forge Snow in the Smoky Mountains area. This popular attraction offers indoor snow tubing in a climate-controlled facility, which means they will always have snow no matter the weather. Pigeon Forge Snow makes their own snow for tubing and even offers an area where kids and adults alike can play in the snow. You won’t need to worry about getting too cold while you enjoy the snow, either, because the indoor facility is kept at a comfortable 60 to 70 degrees.

Where to Stay in the Smoky Mountains This Winter

These aren’t the only places where you may be able to see snow in the Smoky Mountains this winter. There’s also a chance of seeing snow right outside the window of your cozy cabin rental! Our Pigeon Forge cabins are conveniently located close to all the action but still feel secluded and peaceful, and these feelings are even stronger when there’s beautiful snow covering the trees and ground. Take a look at our Pigeon Forge cabin rentals to find the perfect place to stay for your winter vacation in the Smokies!