Winter Activities in the Smoky Mountains

Winter Activities in the Smoky Mountains

The winter season is such a great time to vacation in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Winter is certainly the off-season here in Pigeon Forge, but there are still plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy. A perk of visiting in January, February, and March is there are a lot fewer people in town, making lines and wait times significantly shorter. This gives you even more time to enjoy the many fun activities and artisan shops in our area. Let us dive into some of the Winter Activities in the Smoky Mountains that will make your trip even more enjoyable. 

Gatlinburg SkyBridge

Gatlinburg SkyLift at Night in Downtown Gatlinburg

A trip to the Smoky Mountains simply is not complete without a visit to the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. Located at the top of the Gatlinburg SkyLift, guests can expect to see jaw-dropping scenes of the Smokies and Downtown Gatlinburg from the bridge. Providing a unique and spectacular experience, the SkyBridge stretches 680 feet across the valley. Guests can walk at their own pace, thus giving them even more opportunities to enjoy the panoramic views. The SkyBridge also provides 30 feet of glass panels, making walking across even more of a daring adventure. This is an attraction that numerous age groups will enjoy. Prior to reaching the SkyBridge, guests have to ride the SkyLift. The SkyLift has been operating since 1954 and is now a landmark along the Parkway in Gatlinburg. Guests will ride the SkyLift up 500 feet, all while enjoying great views. Trust us, this is something you definitely want to take the time to do this winter when visiting our area. You can read more about pricing, hours, and all they offer by visiting their website


Entrance to Anakeesta in Downtown Gatlinburg

Known as the great outdoor adventure place in Downtown Gatlinburg, Anakeesta currently has its big winter event, “Enchanted Winter” running through February 28th. This event is a celebration of lights and makes enjoying the villages, walking paths, dining experiences, outdoor seating areas, and more even more magical. This event is included with general admission. Additional activities offered at Anakeesta include ziplining, riding a mountain coaster, shopping, gem mining, playing in a treehouse village, climbing the anavista tower, and walking the treetop skywalk. They do have limited hours during the winter season, but are open all weekends. Read more about Anakeesta here. 

Rowdy Bear Ridge Adventure Park

You will certainly want to bundle up for this adventure park if visiting in the winter, but oh what fun you will have! They offer two incredibly fun activities for visitors; a laser gun coaster and a tubing hill. The laser gun coaster is North America’s first alpine flyer! Seating two, the coaster soars, swings, and dips. Suitable for riders that are at least 40” tall, the coaster runs day and night. The tubing hill operates year-round as well and has a 70-foot drop and is over 500 feet in length. Easily reaching a speed of 35mph, guests can ride alone or ride connected with other tubes. During the night hours, the hill is lit up with LED lights and the best part of this activity is there is a conveyor that takes you up the hill – no need to hike! Tubers must be 4 years of age and at least 42” tall to ride the big hill and at least two years old to ride the small hill. Learn more about Rowdy Bear Ridge Adventure Park and their Downtown Gatlinburg Adventure Park by visiting their website

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

When it comes to Winter Activities in the Smoky Mountains, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies will always be on the list. This award-winning aquarium caters to every age group and delivers a fun, learning experience each time you visit. Even if you are not able to visit our area this winter season, you can still take a tour of the Aquarium through their virtual tours they now offer. Learn more about virtual tours and all you can expect to see and experience when you visit Ripley’s Aquarium. 

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Sugarlands Visitor Center

We simply cannot write about Winter Activities in the Smoky Mountains without mentioning the most obvious activity! The Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park in the country and visitors to the park can easily understand why.  With stunning views, numerous waterfalls, historic structures, and over 800 miles of hiking trails, the Smokies offer a wonderful escape from the everyday world. Although during the winter, some areas are closed due to weather conditions, there are still plenty of opportunities for visitors to enjoy and fall in love with the Great Smoky Mountains. We suggest stopping by the Sugarlands Visitor Center where Park Rangers and Park Staff can guide you on what to do in the Smokies no matter what time of year it is. 

If you visit the Pigeon Forge area often, what are some of your favorite Winter Activities in the Smoky Mountains? There is so much to do in our area so these are just a few of the great choices for you to enjoy while in town. As always, if you need help finding a vacation rental for the duration of your trip, we would love to help you! Give us a call at 800-429-4361 with any questions you may have about vacationing in Pigeon Forge.