Andrew's Bald

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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page,” St. Augustine

Adventure awaits those who travel to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains in the winter months.

Some of the best hiking happens when the trails aren’t crowded and when fallen leaves soften the path. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran hiker or someone who enjoys a stroll through the forest, the perfect trail can be found in the Smoky Mountains.

Andrew’s Bald is a somewhat easy and enjoyable hike that begins at the Clingmans Dome parking lot. The 1.7 miles trail follows the Forney Ridge Trail and it is slightly rugged, but when it reaches Andrews Bald, you will be rewarded with magnificent views.

Just east of Gatlinburg, the Porters Creek Trail is a relatively easy hike that features a cascading stream, remnants of early settlers, and gorgeous scenery. If you’re feeling adventurous, there is a side trail that takes you to a cantilevered barn built in 1875.

If you want to sample a taste of the Appalachian Trail, try the Charles Bunion trail. Dress appropriately, because you’ll climb more than 1,600-feet to reach an altitude of 6,000-feet at the top. This trail offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Tennessee side of the Smokies.

Ready to hit the slopes? Ober Gatlinburg is a great destination for snow tubing, snowboarding and skiing. Tubing sessions begin in late November and the slopes open in mid to late December.

Gatlinburg is an amazing travel destination and adventure can be found in the winter months. To book your stay, contact the Edgewater Hotel and Conference Center, 800.423.9582.