It does not matter what time of year you visit the Great Smoky Mountains, you are bound to find something fun and entertaining for your whole family. Here are a few of our favorite reasons to visit this beautiful natural wonder.
1. The Wildlife
You do not come to the Smoky Mountains to people watch, rather you come to see the wildlife in its natural habitat. While visiting the Smoky Mountains National Park you can expect to see, and possibly encounter, elk, black bears, and deer wandering through the mountainside.
2. Off-Season Accommodations
No matter what time of year you plan your visit, you are going to find beautiful, welcoming accommodations. From large lodges to small cabins, there is something for ever traveling party here. If you are looking to book at a time that will provide you with some serious rate discounts, look to book your trip in April and May. Because there is less demand for lodging during this time of year, guests can often find steeply discounted rates at many of the popular lodging spots.
3. Great Weather
There literally is no bad time of year to visit the Smoky Mountains. What you will have to decide, however, is what it is you want to do or see while you are here. Spring tends to be the best season for hiking and exploring the mountains, as the weather typically holds around 70 degrees during this time of year. Summer tends to be the most popular season for tourists, but the temperatures can spike making it a bit more daunting to maneuver through the mountainside.
4. The Smoky Mountain Music Festival
For the last 30 years, this annual music festival has drawn in musical groups from over 29 states and Canada. The Festival got its start in 1983 and has hosted more than 6,500 groups since it began. The event includes ensembles and individuals who come to perform and compete in a variety of categories offering young musicians the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and receive feedback from professionals in the music industry.
5. The Bloomin’ Barbecue and Bluegrass Festival
What could be better than barbecue and bluegrass all in the same location? Held each spring in Sevierville, Tennessee, this free family festival features world-class bluegrass musicians, championship barbecue and a celebration of spring. It features an adjudicated Cook-Off and two days of fun and entertainment for the whole family.