Winter in the Smokies

Experience winter in Bryson City with holiday-themed events, and outdoor…

Experience winter in Bryson City with holiday-themed events, and outdoor activities such as hiking, waterfalls, fishing, and scenic drives.

Winter Adventures

Explore Bryson City in the Winter

Visiting Great Smoky Mountains in the winter season has many advantages. Leafless overlooks with crisp clear views,mountaintops covered with fresh snow,  and fewer visitors, allow you the opportunity to experience greater solitude. At the end of the day, gather around a fireplace in your cabin rental, or an outdoor fire pit. 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.

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.

Check out our adventures below for more ideas:

The Yard Ice Rink

The Yard in Bryson City, NC is a recreation and experience venue. During the holiday and winter season, The Yard is transformed into a synthetic ice rink with food truck, and a full-time bar with snacks. . Dates of operation begin in mid-November. Check their Facebook Page for their updated schedule.

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.


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Adventures For Every Season

No matter the season, there is always something to do in Bryson City. Anything from rafting to hiking to train rides, we've got your outdoor adventures covered!