Hiking in the Smoky Mountains is one of the best things to do during your visit. By hiking through the Smoky Mountains, you will see things you would never get to experience by just driving through the National Park. The Smoky Mountains are home to breathtaking mountain views, beautiful waterfalls and a lot of wildlife, which you don’t want to miss out on during your visit. During the winter, the Smoky Mountains become even more amazing with views that are covered in snow. The Smoky Mountains don’t stop just because the colder weather has come in. The Smoky Mountains National Park is open all 365 days of the year. So you can experience hiking in the Smoky Mountains no matter what time of the year. To help you decide which hiking trails to visit during your winter vacation to the Smoky Mountains, here is a list of the best places to go winter hiking in the Smoky Mountains.
Porters Creek is a little-known hiking trail located in the Greenbrier section of the National Park. During the winter months, Porters Creek holds its own wonders and secrets. Along the trail you will pass the old community of Porters Creek, there you will see remnants of an old homestead and cemetery which looks very eerie and beautiful during the winter season. Also during winter, the waterfall along Porters Creek freezes creating a very stunning view. Porters Creek is 4.0 miles roundtrip and is considered moderate in difficulty.
On sunny afternoons, you can see a rainbow produced by mist from this 80-foot high waterfall. During extended winter cold spells, an impressive ice formation builds around the falls. Between the trailhead and falls, Rainbow Falls Trail gains about 1,500’ in elevation. The 5.4-mile roundtrip hike is considered moderate in difficulty. If you are feeling very adventurous, the Rainbow Falls Trail continues for additional 4 miles beyond the falls to the summit of Mount Le Conte where you can see breathtaking snowy mountain views.
Your winter hiking in the Smoky Mountains is not complete until you hike to Abrams Falls. Abrams Falls may only be 20 feet high but with a large volume of water rushing over the falls it is a very impressive waterfall. Then at the base of the waterfall is a long, deep pool making for a very impressive picture. This trail is 5 miles round trip and is considered moderate in difficulty. What makes this hike amazing is this trail, along with the entire Cades Cove Loop, is open 24/7 all 365 days of the year, weather permitting. So no matter when you want to visit this gorgeous area of the park you will always be able to see what Cades Cove has to offer.
Winter hiking in the Smoky Mountains is a favorite pastime among visitors and something you don’t want to miss. To not miss out on winter in the Smoky Mountains book one of our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals today.