Explore Bryson City in the Winter
Visiting Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains in the winter season has many advantages. Leafless overlooks with crisp clear views, cozy cabins with fireplaces, mountaintops covered with fresh snow, and fewer visitors, allow you the opportunity to experience greater solitude. At the end of the day, gather around an outdoor fire pit and do some stargazing. And during November and December, Bryson City celebrates the holiday season with holiday themed events, including the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad's Polar Express excursion, and other Christmas-themed events..
Within the National Park, waterfall hikes are also popular. And wildlife can be easier to spot in the winter because the deciduous trees have lost their leaves.
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Does it snow in Bryson City in the winter months?
It is somewhat rare to see snow in Bryson City, but it can snow from October through April, with December, January, and February being the most common months. Expect 3-5 significant snowfalls (over one inch in accumulation) during the winter months. Whenever snow is in the forecast, expect some of the high elevations roads, such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, to be shut down for inclement weather.