Winter in the Smoky Mountains is truly something to behold. The iconic smoke that gives the range its name is imbued with a new layer of mystery as a blanket of snow covers the peaks. The mountains are transformed into a magical winter wonderland with plenty of cold-weather activities and things to do both indoors and out. Stretch your legs and lungs on a winter hike, hit the slopes for some amazing skiing, and enjoy a full schedule of festive holiday celebrations all throughout the Smokies. Keep scrolling for 8 amazing photos that will capture your imagination and have you dreaming of your next winter vacation in the Smokies!

Enjoying a snow-capped sunrise is one of the best things to do in the Smoky Mountains.

Winter in the Smoky Mountains

Wake up to gorgeous winter mountain views from your Smoky Mountain cabin.

Smoky Mountain Cabins

Visit historic churches and buildings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Historic Churches and buildings

Take an invigorating hike through a winter wonderland.

hike through a winter wonderland.

If you’re hiking in the Cataloochee Valley, you may even spot the local wild elk herd.

local wild elk herd.

Or venture out further for views of frozen waterfalls.

Hit the slopes for epic skiing in Gatlinburg.

Ober Gatlinburg

 If you’re in town during the holidays, climb aboard the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad’s Polar Express!

Festive Train Rides