How to Prepare for Snow on Your Trip to the Smokies


This time of year, you never know. Snow comes quickly in the mountains. If you’re heading to the Smokies this winter, make sure you’re prepared. In 2012, over Christmas, Tennessee got dumped on with an unexpected snowfall. Several families got snowed into cabins and weren’t able to leave. A few actually took sleds into Gatlinburg […]

Green All Winter Long

By Guest Blogger, Paul Lightfoot, Grounds Supervisor for Taylor University/Botanist What stays green in winter in the Southern mountains? You are all probably aware that there are many trees that stay green all winter, including the Red Spruce, several species of pines, Carolina Hemlock, and Fraser Fir. But you may not automatically think of the […]

Preparing for snow in the Smokies

Tennessee has been dumped with snow this winter. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the state has already spent $6 million more than its annual $14 million budget for road salt. That means several things for you, as a tourist. Better weather for skiing and tubing at Ober Gatlinburg. Lots of fun photos of the […]

6 Tidbits of Smoky Mountain News

Here’s this week’s roundup of what’s happening in the Smokies: Old Video — Check out this old-school video about water conservation in the Great Smokies — from 1936. Thanks to Westgate Resorts for finding this treasure. ET! — This is just interesting — about research in Yellowstone that is helping guide the search for extraterrestrial […]

More Than a Foot of Snow on Mt. LeConte in the Smokies!

Here’s this week’s Tuesday Tidbits. Enjoy our roundup of info about the Smokies! Why you should choose a vacation rental home — A quick list by Might help if you’re trying to decide between a hotel and renting a cabin/chalet. Ober Gatlinburg named one of the U.S.’s top 10 ski destinations — Congrats to […]

Tuesday Tidbits

Here’s what’s happening around the Smokies this week: Snow! Though the weather this week is beautiful — sunny and 70s — the weekend was another story. Check out the last few day’s posts on the High on Le Conte blog for pics of the snow blanket (more than 8 inches in ONE day!) that fell […]

Tuesday Tidbits

Once again, here’s the Tuesday roundup of information for Smoky Mountain travelers: Making Applesauce — A great little article on how to make old-fashioned applesauce, with some Q and A, from The Valley Voice out of Sevierville. LeConte Lodge (in the Smokies) gets first snow of the season — 3 inches yesterday morning, as recorded […]