Four Beautiful Faces of the Smoky Mountains Whether you’re a spring, summer, fall or winter person, the Great

Smoky Mountain s offer year-round opportunities to tap into your own unique spirit of adventure . Nature’s wonders abound and no matter when you decided to visit, you’re sure to have a great time. Catch Spring Fever (March – May). With temperatures ranging from chilly to cool at night and cool to moderate during the day, the spring months offer great opp ortunities to witness the emergence of new growth across the mountain. Wildflow ers begin to bloom, waterfalls of melted snow cascade, animals emerge from hiber nation, and spring fever is in the air everywhere you turn. In addition to Smok y Mountain Springfest, lasting from March through early June, popular springtime events include the Holly and Shamrock Parade in March; Ribfest & Wings, the Smo ky Mountain Trout Tournament and the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, all in April; and the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games in May. Area theme parks are open on abbreviated schedules, so be sure to check ahead if you plan to vis it. Celebrate the Summertime (June – August). For generations families have made su mmertime “their time” in the Smokies. With an abundance of outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone. Temperatures range from moderate to warm during the day and cool to moderate at night. And watch out for those occasional midafternoon summer showers. Theme parks are in full swing, shops and outlet store s are open for extended hours, and lakes and rivers offer water activities rangi ng from whitewater rafting to fly fishing. Summer events include Smokey Mountai n Tunes and Tales (June), the Midnight Independence Day Parade (July), and the G atlinburg Craftmen’s Fair (July). Quieter times during the summer months includ e the first two weeks in June and the last two weeks of August. Find Fall Foliage on Display (September – November). It’s impossible to describe the beauty of the autumn months in the Great Smokey Mountains. Breathtaking la ndscapes awash in red, yellow, and orange draw visitors from around the world as the fall leaf season commences in mid-September at higher elevations and mid-Oc tober at lower elevations, like Gatlinburg. Fall temperatures cool to moderate to chilly, so make sure to bring a sweater or jacket. Fall football season draws many University of Tennessee fans to the region and the towns take great pride in decorating for the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays and the Smokey Mountai n Harvest Festival, which lasts from September through October. Other fall even ts include the Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff, the Veterans’ Day Celebrati on, and the Festival of Trees, all in November. Explore a Winter Wonderland (December – February). If you love cold weather spo rts, you’ll find great opportunities for snow skiing, snow boarding, and even ic e skating in the Smokies. With moderately cold weather and an average temperatu re of 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll be able to enjoy an abundance of outdoor a ctivities among the snow capped peaks. Most shops and attractions are open thro ughout the winter months, although some operate on abbreviated schedules. The w inter holiday season kicks into gear in late November and early December with th e Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Arts & Crafts Show and the Gatlinb urg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade. You’ll find seasonal decorations and sh opping adventures galore throughout the region. Quiet times during the winter m onths include most weekdays, except for late December through New Year’s Day. No matter what the season, count on the Great Smoky Mountains to provide the rea son for a great vacation getaway. And also don’t forget to contact our Gatlinbur g cabins and Pigeon Forge cabins specialists for advice on places to stay when y ou are coming to Smoky Mountains.

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