Gatlinburg Tennessee is a highly popular East Coast tourist destination due to its location next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which lies on the Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee State Line and the Appalachian Trail. The Blue Ridge Parkway National Park connects to the eastern side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Cherokee, NC. With its fly fishing springs, cool summer breezes, colorful fall leaves and snow ski winters, Gatllinburg TN has something for every nature lover. Gatlinburg Tennessee is home to the Ober Ski Resort and Tramway, Gatlinburg Space Needle, Ripley”s Aquarium of the Smokies and nearby Dollywood in Pigeon Forge TN.
Winter Ski Season in Eastern Tennessee typically starts after Christmas and can run into late February (weather permitting). The Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort in Gatlinburg, TN features nine trails and state-of-the-art snowmaking systems.
Many winter visitors to Gatlinburg Tennessee are from the Deep South, and are not used to driving in deep snow and ice, in severe cold temperatures with 40 m.p.h. wind gusts. Our Winter Driving Tips might be handy for you, especially if you are driving to Gatlinburg from Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Florida.