Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.
The natural beauty and the four distinct seasons enjoyed in the GSMNP is unmatched! The Park includes over 500,000 acres with 800 miles of hiking trails, 10 campgrounds, 1,500 types of plants. Great Smoky Mountains National Park info included on this site includes: general park info, book Smoky Mountain cabin rentals and hotels, maps, trout fishing, hiking, auto touring, history of the Park’s development, and popular Cades Cove.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Best Time to Visit
Jan-Feb-March tend to be the months that may have snow and ice, although not often. Some of the roads thru the Smokey Mountains are closed, due to ice and snow, but normally only a day or two at the most. Some of the shows and attractions are closed, although most stay open year round. Dollywood does close until spring, google their website for opening dates if you’re interested in going there.
Spring is gorgeous, especially May. That is when a lot of the mountain lauren and rhododendren are blooming, and it is really pretty to drive in the mountains. all shops and attractions are open then. Summer is typically very crowded, the car shows bring thousands of people, and traffic can be horrible when special shows or events are going on.
July, Aug. and Sept are usually hot and muggy, not good hiking weather unless you go at daybreak. the last of Sept and most of October is very crowded, that is usually when peak leaf season is, but the gorgeous scenery makes tolerating the crowds worthwhile. We always go a week at Thanksgiving, and have only seen snow once during that week out of 20 years of going!