Winter transforms the Smoky Mountains into a veritable wonderland. From snow-covered mountaintops and winter hikes to great skiing and sparkling holiday lights, we’ve collected a few stunning photos of the Smoky Mountains in winter that will have you packing your bags and hitting the road ASAP!

Start your day off right with a snow-capped sunrise.


Wake up to gorgeous winter mountain views from your Smoky Mountain cabin.

Smoky Mountain Winter

Hit the open road for a scenic drive through the Smokies.

Take an invigorating hike through a winter wonderland.

Winter Wonderland

If you’re hiking in the Cataloochee Valley, you may even spot the local wild elk herd.

Elk Viewing

Or venture out further for views of frozen waterfalls like this gorgeous display at Rainbow Falls.

Rainbow Falls

Hit the slopes for an epic skiing adventure on nearby Sugar Mountain.

Sugar Mountain

If you’re in town during the holidays, climb aboard the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad’s Polar Express!

Festive Train Ride

And finally, enjoy the cabins and other accommodations right here at the Meadowlark Motel. We can’t wait to help make your Smoky Mountain winter vacation dreams come true!

Winter Vacation