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5 Things to Do in the NC Smokies this Winter


Get ready to be blown away by the breathtaking winter wonderland of the NC Smoky Mountains! If you’re seeking exhilarating experiences this winter, be sure to tick off these five must-do activities from your bucket list. So what’re you waiting for? Come enjoy a day of family-friendly skiing, snowboarding or tubing before exploring all our 5 mountain towns have to offer.

1. Ski or Snowboard

If you want to experience the best skiing in North Carolina, look no further! Embark on a thrilling skiing or snowboarding adventure at NC’s top skiing and snowboarding destination, Cataloochee Ski Area. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, the slopes at Cataloochee cater to all skill levels. With one of the longest ski seasons on the East Coast, you’ll have ample opportunities to hit the slopes and enjoy the exhilaration of skiing or snowboarding in the NC mountains. Cataloochee publishes a snow report on a daily basis that gives you a summary of the temperatures, trails open, lifts running, weather conditions, and more. Make sure to check their conditions before you decide to hit the slopes!

A pair of skiers riding the chairlift up to their slope at Cataloochee Ski Area.

2. Snow Tubing

For a different snow-based thrill, try snow tubing. This high-speed, gravity-fueled adventure offers a flatter learning curve compared to skiing or snowboarding. Look no further than Tube World, located just below Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, for an unforgettable snow tubing experience. Tube World promises a high fun-per-square-foot ratio, welcoming tubers of all ages to race down their snow-covered lanes. As you ascend the mountain on the carpet lift, take a moment to soak in the breathtaking mountain views before descending once again.

A father and daughter enjoying a snow tubing run at Tube World in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.

3. Enjoy our Events

Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of our winter events. In the NC Smoky Mountains, we love celebrations, and each event is an opportunity to share our rich traditions and passion for our history. Keep an eye out for our upcoming events and come be part of the festivities. Check out our upcoming events.

Snow-covered trees adorned with soft-glowing lanterns hang above the icy streets of Downtown Waynesville in the winter.

4. Take a Winter Hike and Enjoy the Views

It’s no rumor—the NC Smoky Mountains boast some of the most breathtaking mountain vistas all year round. During winter, our favorite hiking trails offer a magical experience, with snow-dusted mountain peaks, tranquil silence, and invigorating fresh air. Discover a whole new perspective of the NC Smoky Mountain wilderness as you explore the trails and soak in the wonders of the season.

Family and dogs hiking Max Patch during the winter.

5. Eat!

Indulge in the delectable flavors of the NC Smoky Mountains. Our dining scene is infused with the unique Appalachian flair that sets us apart. Local eateries bring their own twist to Appalachian cuisine, often sourcing ingredients from nearby farms to ensure each bite is bursting with freshness. And what’s a memorable meal without a perfectly crafted beverage to accompany it? Our local breweries offer a wide range of delicious brews that can be savored at many of our restaurants.


The beauty of a winter trip to the NC Smokies lies in the freedom to create your own unique experience. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to enjoying your time here as we offer adventures suitable for everyone. If you’re ready for an unforgettable trip, begin your journey by finding a cozy place to stay. We can’t wait to welcome you to the NC Smoky Mountains soon!

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