Smoky Mountain Seasons: What to Do Year-Round

When planning a vacation, you typically pick the dates first, then decide where to go based on the season and accompanying weather. You might choose the beach in summer or the mountains in spring. Well, what if you chose a place that has something for everyone in every season? Bike past wildflowers in spring, splash at a water park in summer, see the beautiful forest colors of fall, and snuggle by a fireplace in winter — when you visit the Great Smoky Mountains! Play at indoor and outdoor attractions, shop until you drop, attend local events, hang out at your cabin rental, and dine with family and friends in the mega popular Tennessee cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg on your next vacation.


Icicles drip and snow melts as spring ushers in new warmth and vivid wildflowers throughout the valleys and forests of the Smokies. In March, April, and May, temperatures range from chilly 30s at night to mild 80s during the day. Wear layers just in case as the weather can be cool, rainy, or warm depending on elevation.

What to Do
Bike around Cades Cove, keeping a sharp eye out for black bear cubs along the way!
• Participate in the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage or Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament.
• Cast a line and reel in a big one along the Little Pigeon River.
• Putt-putt around the candy-inspired course on the roof at Crave Golf Club.
• Host a game tournament every evening in your cabin’s fully loaded rec room!


Rays cast down upon lush, green trees as wildlife rests in the cool shade — it’s summertime in the Smokies! In June, July, and August, high temperatures can reach 90 degrees, so be sure to carry a bottle of water wherever you go and take a break when needed.

What to Do
• See mermaids make their annual summer appearance at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
• Keep cool at Dollywood Splash Country, featuring water slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river.
• Sip fresh lemonade from your cabin’s porch swing as clouds roll across the mountain peaks.
• Play at Pigeon Forge Snow, where you can snow tube year-round!
• Enter the Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta and harken to the Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival.


Sunflower yellow, eggplant purple, brick red, and burnt orange cascade over the landscape as fall settles into the Great Smoky Mountains. In September, October, and November, temperatures vary greatly from 60-80 degrees, so pack layers for your trip during this season.

What to Do
Hike 800+ miles of trails woven throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
• Swim and play all day in your cabin’s private indoor pool or outdoor community pool.
• Duel zipline with your bestie at Anakeesta, an aerial mountaintop adventure park.
• Beware Ripley’s Fright Nights and taste autumn at the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival.
• Soar down, rip around, and glide in style aboard an adrenaline-pumping mountain coaster.


Slumbering wildlife, quiet rivers, brisk winds, and bouts of snow permeate the Smoky Mountain winter. In December, January, and February, expect cold conditions with temperatures dropping into the teens at night and typically hitting the low 50s during the day.

What to Do
• Ski, snowboard, snow tube, and ice skate at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park.
• Take the trolley through the cities and check out the Winterfest light displays.
• Sip marshmallow-filled cocoa and chat by a toasty fireplace at your cabin rental.
• Sit down for a gourmet meal riverside indoors at The Peddler Steakhouse.
• Band together as you attempt to break out of prison in The Escape Game!

Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins

No matter the season, Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins has the perfect cabin rental for your girls’ trip, family vacation, corporate getaway, church retreat…you name it! From 100s of options ranging from 1-16 bedrooms, we have every size for any occasion with awesome amenities — like game tables, big screen TVs, outdoor hot tubs, private indoor pools, home theaters, fully equipped kitchens, complimentary Wi-Fi, king-size beds, and oh-so-much more! Give your personal Vacation Specialist a call at 1.866.513.7885 or book online today!