Great Smoky Mountains
Most people don't think of the Smokies as a winter destination, but the colder months hold just as much beauty as summer. Although snow storms can make travel through the park somewhat unpredictable, the mountain scenery is spectacular with a dusting of snow. Hiking trails are still open in early winter, which is the perfect time to see the frost traced along the crisp, dried leaves littering the forest floor and to get a glimpse of the cascading ice that surrounds the waterfalls. Cades Cove scenic trail is usually open for mountain vista views and winter landscape scenery. And while it's outside the park, Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee's only ski resort, is open and producing snow for skiers, snowboarders, and tubers.