You may find yourself wishing you could visit the Smoky Mountains any day, any time. While nothing is like seeing them in person, you can still view the Smoky Mountains with online webcams! We want to share with you some of the best webcams in the Smoky Mountains that make you feel like you’re really there. Here are 5 webcams in the Smoky Mountains to watch when you miss the Smokies:
1. Ober Mountain
Ober Mountain actually has two webcams! The first one provides you with a view of the Smokies and a little bit of downtown Gatlinburg. You can watch the snow fall in the winter and the sun shine down in the spring and summer. You’ll love being able to see the incredible mountain range on their webcam. For a little entertainment, you can also watch guests of Ober Mountain on their other webcam. Watch kids slide down the tubing hill and skiers and snowboarders race to the bottom of the hill in the winter.
2. Gatlinburg Space Needle
If you find yourself wanting to explore downtown Gatlinburg and see the mountains, you should watch the Gatlinburg Space Needle webcam. This webcam is unique because you can actually control the position of the camera! The positions you can change to are the Smoky Mountains park entrance, Gatlinburg Parkway left and right, Gatlinburg facing Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg downtown, or Ober Mountain. It is pretty cool being able to control what part of the area you get to see!
3. Newfound Gap
The camera on Newfound Gap is located right on the Tennessee North Carolina state line. Newfound Gap Road actually connects Gatlinburg to Cherokee, and it is the lowest drivable pass in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You get to see an amazing view of the mountains on this webcam. In the winter, you can watch the snow fall onto the trees or enjoy the colorful view in the fall. You’ll want to leave the webcam on all the time!
4. Look Rock
If you want to see valleys and mountains, you should watch the webcam in the Smoky Mountains at Look Rock. It faces towards the east even though the camera is located in the west. The camera is off of Foothills Parkway, and you can actually see this view in person if you want! Just take a short 0.5 mile walk to the top where you can look out and see incredible mountain views.
5. Purchase Knob
The Purchase Knob webcam faces northeast. It sits in the eastern part of the park and is actually located in North Carolina. A family donated over 500 acres to the national park in 2,000, which is where the camera sits. You can also see this beautiful view of the mountains in person by taking a short 0.5 mile hike.
These webcams in the Smoky Mountains are just one way you can see the Smokies even when you aren’t in town. Want to know more about the national park? Read up on some history of the Smoky Mountains here!