4 Best Winter Hikes in the Smoky Mountains
When people visit the Smokies, one of the one most popular activities is hiking. Throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are hundreds of amazing trails that offer spectacular views of the mountains. Hiking is a thrilling activity all times of year, but especially during winter. Although the temperatures may be chilly, the trails are less crowded and you will be treated to unbelievable sights along the way. Here are 4 of the best winter hikes in the Smoky Mountains:
1. Laurel Falls
The hike to Laurel Falls is one of the most popular trails in the Smokies, and for good reasons. First of all, this is a relatively short hike at just over 2 miles roundtrip. This makes it a good beginner’s hike for children. In addition, at the end of the trail you will be greeted by one of the most beautiful waterfalls the area has to offer. During the winter season, this is an excellent place to see ice formations hanging from the falls and the nature around it!
2. Rainbow Falls
Speaking of ice formations, the one that sometimes appears at Rainbow Falls is something you will want to check out! During extended winter cold spells, you might be lucky enough to catch ice hanging from this amazing 80-foot waterfall! In total, the hike to Rainbow Falls is 5.4 miles. If you hike this trail during the winter months, take extra caution because parts of the trail have rocky terrain and may be icy. If you want to keep hiking past the falls, the summit of Mount LeConte is just over 4 miles down the trail.
3. Alum Cave Trail
Alum Cave Trail is one of the most beautiful winter hikes in the Smoky Mountains. About 2 miles into the hike, you will reach Inspiration Point, which provides beautiful winter scenery of the Smokies. As you look out over the mountains, there is a good chance you will see snow blanketing the top of the higher elevations. Once you reach Alum Cave, you will have the opportunity to see icicles hanging from the dripping water of the trees above!
4. Hike to Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower
The Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower is an observation area where you can look out and see the majestic winter view of the Smokies. As you can imagine, the sight of snow falling and white hills is one that is amazing to see! To get to the tower, you will begin on Low Gap Trail. From there, it is just over an 11 mile hike to the restored western-style fire tower. This spot offers an amazing panoramic view of the winter beauty the Smoky Mountains have to offer!
Our Smoky Mountain cabins can put you in a prime location near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! This will help you be near all the amazing winter hikes in the Smoky Mountains, plus all the other seasonal activities around town! Check out all our cabin rentals now to start planning your next winter adventure. We hope to see you soon!