As the new year kicks off, it’s time to bundle up and get moving in Gatlinburg. When temperatures drop in the Great Smoky Mountains, options abound for active adventures. These winter wonderland outings are sure to put a spring in your step and magic in your trip.

Let it snow

Nothing says winter sports like snowy slopes! Ober Gatlinburg has them covered, offering one of the Southeast’s most popular powdery playgrounds. Enjoy mountaintop activities for all ages at Ober. With beginner-to-pro level skiing, skating and snowtubing, Ober Gatlinburg is a crowd-pleasing option. Popular onsite dining options invite guests to make a fun-filled day of it at Ober.

Ober Gatlinburg Snow Tubing

Take the plunge

Thrill-seekers young and old flock to Anakeesta’s single-rail mountain coaster – the first in the U.S. Whizz down 1,600 feet of twists and turns on the Rail Runner Mountain Coaster. Safe for the whole family, Rail Runner carts include headrests and safety features. After the coaster, consider their Dueling Ziplines for more adrenaline-pumping fun. You’ll be ready to rest, recharge and catch a sunset from the Magical Firefly Village.

Winter Firefly Village at Anakeesta

Reach New Heights

Kick off the new year with unmatched perspective from Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park, 1,800 feet above sea level. North America’s longest pedestrian cable bridge spans nearly 700 feet – longer than two football fields – across a plunging valley. The pinnacle moment is the view down through the mid-bridge glass flooring. Gather your courage once, and keep the memories for a lifetime!

winter skylift park

Frozen falls

Nature lovers revere Gatlinburg’s trails in all seasons, and winter is no exception. For an unforgettable hike, head out on a waterfall hunt! Local favorites for winter waterfall hikes include Laurel Falls and Rainbow Falls. The memories are sure to last long after the falls thaw. Prefer to view your waterfalls from the comfort of indoors? Check out our new 360 degree waterfall videos here.

frozen falls