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Best Winter Views In The Smokies

December 6, 2021
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Clingman's Dome Road is closed for the season, making it, in my mind, officially winter. While Clingman's Dome is certainly one of the most iconic places to experience stunning Smoky Mountain scenery, there are still plenty of places for you to go if you're looking for scenic views! Here are a few ideas to make planning your trip easier. 


If you want to take in views from the road, then I recommend the Foothills Parkway. The Foothills Parkway is my personal favorite drive in the Smokies and it stays open into the winter season! You can't go wrong with the Gatlinburg Bypass though, and the drive out to Newfound Gap overlook is terrific! 

Looking for a scenic hike? There are a number of phenomenal trails that come with breathtaking views! I'm a huge fan of Laurel Falls, which is an easy, popular trail that quiets down some in the winter. You can also check out Look Rock in Maryville (near Gatlinburg!) or, if it is clear, head to Alum Cave Bluffs off of Alum Cave Trail. 


For a true adventure, head to Max Patch in Pisgah National Forest. It will likely have a coating of snow and be FRIGID but the views cannot be beat. It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. If you go, then be sure to take a car that does well in rocky conditions and pack lots of layers!

If you want to stay in town, then you should take the chondola up to Anakeesta. They have views for you as well as activities to occupy the kids. 

If you're planning on getting out to take in some views, be sure to keep an eye on the weather! You'll need appropriate gear, including insulating layers and hiking shoes. You'll also want to be aware of how the weather impacts road conditions. Any road closures will be announced on the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Twitter page

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