Outdoor winter fun in Gatlinburg

From tubing and skiing to scenic drives and hiking, there is plenty of outdoor fun to be had in Gatlinburg. Besides the winter wonderland that is created by the snow, ice, and holiday lights, there are lots of activities to keep people from 1 – 100 happy.

At Ober Gatlinburg, one of the most popular attractions in the Smokies, winter fun includes skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Tubing at Ober Gatlinburg will be open now until early spring 2015, and it’s the perfect activity for the younger kids. Children ages 3 and up can take a tube ride down the lanes at Ober Gatlinburg during hour-and-a-half tubing sessions. Children ages 3-5 must ride with an adult, and children ages 6 and up (and at least 42 inches tall) can ride on their own. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early. Pre-sale tickets for the next three days’ sessions can also be purchased at the Tramway Mall.

Tubing sessions
Daily, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.
$20 Monday – Friday
$25 Saturdays and holidays
$25 Sundays

Holiday sessions
December 22 – January 4
January 16 – 19 (MLK weekend)
February 13-16 (President’s Day weekend)

Great for the older kids and adults, skiing and snowboarding is another way to have some winter fun in Gatlinburg. The area’s only ski resort, Ober Gatlinburg features several great slopes for varying skill levels of skiers. There are also multiple lifts, so you won’t spend too much time standing in line.

  • Easy trails
    Ski School
    Cub Way
  • Blue diamonds (more difficult)
    Castle Run
    Upper Bear
    Lower bear
    Ober Chute
    Alpine Way
  • Black diamonds (most difficult)
    Mogul Ridge

  • Another great way to have some outdoor winter fun in Gatlinburg is by bundling up and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! There are more than 800 miles of trails in the park ranging from easy to difficult. Some are fairly flat and easy for beginners while others are steep and winding for the more experienced adventurers. The trails lead alongside and to some fantastic scenery, including waterfalls, flowering fields, scenic overlooks, and mountain streams.

    If you’d rather stay warm but still want to enjoy the beautiful winter scenery, take a scenic drive. Along the way, stop at scenic overlooks to take in the views and some fresh mountain air. Snowcapped mountains and frozen streams will be a treat!

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