winter in the smoky mountains

Best 4 Outdoor Winter Activities in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is the perfect destination for a winter getaway! If you want to be out and enjoy the fresh, crisp winter air Black Bear Inn and Suites knows some outdoor winter activities in Gatlinburg. Regardless, of cooler temperatures there’s still plenty of fun to have in the Smokies!

1. Hiking in the Smoky Mountainssnow gsmnp sign

We sit almost on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Black Bear Inn and Suites. That means you’re conveniently located next to the most popular attraction in Gatlinburg! Hiking in the Smokies isn’t reserved for just the warmer months of the year, our national park is open year round so long as road conditions are safe. You can find breathtaking mountain views, interact with the local woodlands, and maybe see some wildlife when you hike in the Smokies. A benefit of hiking in the winter time is that even the most popular trails won’t have as many visitors making traffic and parking areas calmer, and the hikes more peaceful.

You can check the official park website for information about hiking trails and current weather conditions.

2. Visit Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg is a little winter sports haven for skiers, snowboarders, ice skaters, and those that enjoy the snow! Ober Gatlinburg has snow producing capabilities that make the ski resort a winter wonderland! You can bring your own gear, or it’s possible to rent everything you need at the resort. If snowboarding or skiing isn’t your thing you can give snow tubing or ice skating a try. Ober Gatlinburg offers a variety of ticket packages so you can enjoy unlimited access to the slopes and different time slots available. This is one of the best winter activities in Gatlinburg because you’re going to be out in the cold you might as well enjoy some snow too!

3. Ride the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

You don’t have to slip and slide on snow to enjoy the excitement of speeding down a mountain. The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is a lougee style ride that will zip you down the mountain twisting and winding through the trees. It’s fun for the whole family and two people can even ride at a time!

4. Try Some MoonshineMoonshine in mason jars.

A sure fire way to stay warm while out walking downtown Gatlinburg is stop in and try some moonshine! Moonshine has deep roots in the Appalachian area. Stop by Ole Smoky Moonshine to learn all about how moonshine is made and its heritage. After that, give some a try! Don’t worry not all of it will burn your throat. Ole Smoky has moonshines with varying flavors and alcohol proofs. Some favorite flavors are Mountain Java, Blackberry, Apple Pie, and more!

Want to know what else you can do outdoors in winter? Learn more about the Enchanted Winter of Lights event at Anakeesta!

While not technically outside, we know of an added bonus of winter activities in Gatlinburg you can do, taking a swim in our warm indoor pool! This a great way to stay warm and relax during your winter stay in Gatlinburg. Find the perfect, cozy suite now, so you can stay warm and enjoy the beautiful winter season in the Smokies.