Smoky Mountains Climate

The Smoky Mountains Climate is Made for Outdoor Adventure

Every year, Mother Nature features four fabulous seasons offering a constant change of scenery for the outdoor enthusiast. The Smoky Mountains climate allows residents and visitors alike to enjoy a balanced helping of spring, summer, fall, and winter each year. Experience snow and 50 + degree days in the winter, rain and sunshine in the spring, hot southern days without the humidity of the flat land in the summer, and the breathtaking spectacle of the ever-changing autumn leaves in the fall. Planning to kayak, mountain bike, hike, ski, snowboard, rock climb, camp, or raft? Then the Smoky Mountains climate will not let you down! From scenic mountain ridges to raging whitewater rivers, from winding trails to fertile fairways, the Smokies offer challenge, excitement and beauty season after glorious season.

March, April, May

June, July, August

Spring breezes blow new life into the Smokies. Dogwood, redbud, and apple blossoms bring color and fragrance to the countryside. Carpets of wildflowers cover meadows bathed by afternoon showers that roll out as quickly as they roll in brisk mornings turn to cool days and even cooler nights. Summertime turns barren branches emerald green. Morning mists float through the valleys like rivers of clouds. Blooming rhododendrons are traveling show, starting in the valleys and working toward the high mountain balds. You'll enjoy crisp mornings, lazy afternoons and evenings cooled by mountain breezes.

September, October, November

December, January, February

Fall paints the Smokies with brilliant splashes of red and gold as nature reveals its most colorful pallet. It's a time of harvest, the mountains' last hurrah and a promise of more to come. Invigorating mornings are warmed under deep blue skies. It's sweater weather in the Smokies. It's time for a crackling fire, when the morning light often reveals a vista of shimmering white. Enjoy the exhilaration of a downhill ski run and the laughter of children sledding. Mornings and evenings can grow cold, but low altitudes often enjoy sunny days.

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Smoky Mountain Blueways

NEW! Digital Magazine

This issue of the Smoky Mountains Digital Magazine includes:

  • Must Do
  • Getaway to the Mountains
  • Insider Tips
  • Turn Off Your Stress at Oconaluftee Village
  • and More

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