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6 Tips for Taking a Winter Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains

Man and woman on a romantic winter hike
November 12, 2014

Although the winter season brings low temperatures to East Tennessee, this can be a wonderful time to enjoy a scenic hike in the Great Smoky Mountains! We’ve put together six tips to keep in mind before heading out on your journey.

(See Related: 7 Smoky Mountain Cabins With Spectacular Winter Views)

1. Inform Someone of Your Plans

Before heading into the mountains, provide someone with the specific details of your hike and when you expect to return. This is a great idea for any hike, but particularly in the winter when there are less fellow hikers on the trails and harsher conditions.

2. Plan Your Route

Plan the route of your hike carefully by using a complementary Great Smoky Mountains National Park map from any national park visitor center, and bring the map with you into the park. It is best to keep to the shorter trails in case of freezing temperatures or other changing weather conditions.

3. Know Your Group’s Abilities

The Smoky Mountains during the winter

Whether hiking with a partner or a group, select a hiking trail that is appropriate for the skill levels of everyone in the group.

4. Stay Hydrated

Although your body may not perspire as much during a winter hike, it is still important to keep hydrated. Be sure to bring a water bottle!

5. Dress Appropriately

Double check that you have all the necessary gear to keep your body warm during your hike. The last place you want to find out that you have forgotten your gloves is a mile into the hiking trail!

6. Bring a Backpack of Supplies

Hiking in the winter

Pack your backpack with supplies such as a first aid kit and a flashlight. Although you very well may not need these items, they may be helpful in an emergency.

After enjoying your winter hike in the Great Smoky Mountains, relax at one of our luxurious cabins in Gatlinburg. Whether soaking in the hot tub or warming up in front of the fire, our cabins have all the amenities you need to have a great winter vacation in the Smokies.Follow the link to see our collection of Smoky Mountain cabins with outdoor firepits!

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