Fireworks are never allowed at any of our rental cabins, even on the 4th of July. Due to the danger of wildfires please do not shoot fireworks under any circumstance.
As you prepare for your vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains we want you to come prepared for the different types of weather you may encounter during your stay. The weather here can change quickly, so it is always best to be prepared for all weather types so you are not caught by surprise.
During the months of October through April it can snow, rain, freezing rain, or sleet. Snow and ice are most common during the months of December through February. However, any of the months I mentioned above can have winter precipitation. Gatlinburg in the valley does not average very much snow per season. The average annual snowfall in the Gatlinburg valley is about 6-9 inches per year. This is comprised of multiple smaller snowfalls and add up to this total over an entire season. Larger snowstorms do occur, but not that often.
Many of the mountain roads leading to cabins are not treated very well in winter conditions. Luckily, all of our cabins are located in areas that do receive snow plow treatment and salting when winter weather hits. However, this treatment of roads can be delayed by 1 to 2 days depending on how bad the storm is. Most of the rental cabins in and around Gatlinburg are located below 3000 feet in elevation and heavy snows are not as common. Once you get into the national park at the elevations above 3000 feet you start seeing heavier snow and ice accumulations.
Important Be Prepared!
If you are traveling to the area and the weather forecast is giving the possibility of winter weather we suggest you stock up with enough supplies before your arrival at our cabin just in case you end up getting snowed in for a day or two. This is extremely rare to happen, but it has happened a handful of times to guests in the past, but it is worth mentioning. When there is the possibility of snow we do recommend that you bring a winter survival kit in case you become stranded on a roadway. We also highly recommend you bring snow chains for the mountain roads in case we have winter weather in the forecast. Snow chains can be purchased online if you do not have a store in your local area that provides them. Some roads cannot be driven safely in winter weather unless you have snow chains on your vehicle.
The weatherman in the area have a very difficult time predicting the amounts of ice and snow we will have, and many times they will not be calling for very much snow and we will end up getting much more than they expected. The weather in the mountains is highly unpredictable. A lot of our northern guests will see that the weather forecast might only be calling for a few inches of snow, which is is usually not a big deal in a state like Michigan, Ohio, or Pennsylvania. However, you are coming to the southern state of Tennessee where less than an inch of snow will cause total and absolute chaos!
Snowfall is much less likely to impact your travel to your cabin. Snowfall is usually much lighter in the residential areas. The city and county do their best to salt and plow all roads to lessen the impact on travel. We can never guarantee a snowstorm will not impact your visit, but the odds are in your favor that the heaviest snow will remain in the highest elevations of the national park.
Elevations Above 3,000 Feet
The higher elevations of the area receive much more snowfall than the valley of Gatlinburg. Mt LeConte, at over 6,500 feet high, averages over 60 inches of snowfall in a season. Snowfall totals increase greatly with a rise in elevation. It is quite common for highway 441 going across the mountains from Gatlinburg, TN to Cherokee, NC to be closed for snow and ice during the winter months. This is the main road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It reaches its highest point at the Newfound Gap lookout, which is about a mile high in elevation.
Winds can be quite strong at times in Gatlinburg. The winds will sometimes increase in velocity as they come down the adjacent mountain range. It is very common to see gusty winds of over 30 mph. It is also not out of the ordinary to have high wind warnings issued for the area from time to time. During high wind warnings winds can reach up to hurricane force in short duration gusts. These are most common in areas with high mountains nearby.
The temperatures in the Smoky Mountains will vary greatly by the elevation in which you are located. During the winter months the daytime temperatures in the valley of Gatlinburg average in the 30’s through 50’s. There will be a few days each winter the temperature may not go above freezing. You may also have a few days during the winter that get into the 60’s and 70’s. Summertime temperatures will be hot and humid. 80’s and 90’s are the story for most of the Summer. Spring and Fall are transitional months and the temperatures can do all of the above, but the averages are usually somewhere in between.
Temperatures are much cooler as you increase in elevation. Plan on losing 3 to 4 degrees for every 1,000 feet in elevation rise as you go up into the mountains. The temperature in the city of Gatlinburg may be 90 degrees in July where the valley elevation is approximately 1,300 feet. However, if you drive 10 miles up to Newfound Gap which is a mile high in elevation the temperature may be around 75 degrees. be prepared depending on the time of year you travel as the mountains will be much colder as you go up higher and higher.
The great Smoky Mountains is one of the most diverse rainforests in the world. Rainfall in the valley of Galinburg averages about 55 inches per year. The higher elevations surrounding Gatlinburg will average over 85 inches of rainfall per year. Rainfall and thunderstorms are common in the Spring through Fall, however they can occur year round. Heavy rains and flash flooding do occasionally occur, so be sure to bring your raingear in case it rains!
I hope this has given you and idea of the weather in the area. Weather here changes quickly and can be unpredictable. When you travel to the area it is best to be prepared than caught off-guard. We hope you enjoy your time in the mountains and will make this a place you return to year after year!
We have made the check in process as easy as possible for our guests. We will provide you with a detailed information packet via email approximately 7 days before your arrival date. This will contain a ton of helpful information about our property.
You will also be provided an electronic door and security alarm code to use when you arrive. This will be sent before sunrise on the day of your arrival. There are no keys to worry with. You may check in anytime after 4PM on the first day of your reservation.
All of our rental cabins have at least one gas burning fireplace for guest use. You are free to use these during your visit. We turn them off during the warm weather months of May through September. During the months of October through April they should be operational and ready for your use.
Most vacation rentals in Gatlinburg now have some form of video surveillance on site as a deterrent to crime. Our cabins are no exception. We do respect your privacy though. Security cameras are only located on the exterior of our cabins. No recording device is located anywhere inside one of our cabins. We do not point them toward the hot tubs either. They are there for your protection and ours. We respect your privacy and you can rest assured knowing this.
The cleaning crews arrive after the previous guests depart around 10AM. The entire cabin is cleaned from top to bottom in between guests. All bed linens are changed out for freshly laundered. The appliances are cleaned as well. The hot tub is completely drained and scrubbed. It is then refilled with new water and chemicals are added to the floater to maintain the water during your stay. You can expect a clean cabin when you arrive at one of our rental cabins in Gatlinburg.
- Please be aware of bears in the area. We have them around all of our properties big and small. You may see bear tracks on the driveways if you look. They have walked up to within just a few feet of us while we were outside playing with the children. They are great to watch from a safe distance, but can be dangerous, and are not afraid to meet you! Bears in this area also will come out in the winter months. They do not hibernate completely. They come out for food all winter long. Do not leave trash or food outside. Do not leave food in your car. A bear may try to break in to get it. Lock car doors. Bears can open car doors!
- DO NOT FEED THE BEARS OR LEAVE FOOD OUT FOR THEM!! This will cause them to associate people with food, can cause attacks on humans, and cause the bear have to be euthanized by authorities, plus it is ILLEGAL. Please watch your children, and teach them what to do if they see a bear. Bear attacks are very rare and you rarely hear of one, but a reckless move around a mother and her cubs or an aggressive male could end with severe consequences.
Since all of our cabins are located next to the national park there is abundant wildlife in the area including squirrels, flying squirrels, chipmunks, bats, bears, turkey, bobcats and more. Bears are very common in the area.
If the property you are staying at has a wood burning fire pit you will need to bring your own wood or it may be purchased at the local grocery store. It is sold for between $5 and $8 a bundle. Many other stores in the area sell firewood.
Each cabin has high speed WiFi available for guest use free of charge.