Let it Snow!

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We are happy to say that Ober Gatlinburg is up and running! Ride the famous Aerial Tram from Downtown Gatlinburg up 2.1 miles to the Ski Resort and Amusement Park as a great way to kick off your day. The views are astonishing! Once at the top, there are a variety of activities for all members of the family. They feature an indoor ice skating rink, arcade, carousel and wildlife encounters that are perfect for anyone not wanting to brave the elements.

They have a outdoor Alpine Slide and a Ski Mountain Coaster for family friendly outdoor activities. Ober has also opened up Snow tubing, which has been a huge hit for anyone ages 3 and older. It’s just like sledding but you don’t have to walk back up,  Ober has a “magic carpet” that takes care of that! If you have little ones, they also offer a Cubbies Snow Zone for the kids to play. Entry is free with an area/lift ticket.

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The slopes will resume regular operating hours following the start of the 2016/2017 season. Ticket prices vary on amount of days and equipment rental. The resort starting blowing snow last week and already has a base of over 15″ on most of their runs. Of course, you’ll have to check the forecast daily. And with 10 different trails and 7 different lifts, you’re sure to find one to suit your needs.

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This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Smoky Mountain areas.

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What To Do In Winter!

Subscribe to A Day In The SmokiesWe had someone come in just the other day, who asked in exasperation, “What can we do here that’s actually open?!” She had seen several attractions on her way into town that were closed for renovations or closed for the winter, and she was concerned about finding things to do! There are several attractions here that close for the winter, but not to worry! There is still plenty to do here!

Take a Walk in the WoodsWinter Hiking

Icicles, frosty leaves, and frozen waterfalls! Hiking in the winter is beautiful! And there are fewer people on the trails, so you may have the woods to all to yourself. If you are nervous about hitting the trails alone or just want to learn some winter ecology, you can hire a guide from A Walk in the Woods to take you on a private or group hike in the Smokies.

Here are some trails that are still accessible even when most of the Park roads are closed:

Gatlinburg Trail – The trailhead is at the end of River Road in Gatlinburg and follows the river for 2 miles, ending at Sugarlands Visitor Center.

Cove Mountain Trail – This strenuous 11 mile trail can be accessed from Sugarlands Visitor Center, via Cataract Falls Trail.

Old Sugarlands Trail – Originally the first paved road to Newfound Gap, this easy 5 mile trail could be perfect for cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Access the trailhead across the street (441) from Sugarlands Visitor Center.

ClimbworksZip Lining
I have found at least one zipline place that is still open in the winter! Climbworks offer zipline tours Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 10am and 1:30pm. Occasionally they do cancel tours if there’s bad weather, but even if it snows in the morning, if it stops with enough time for them to clear off their equipment, they can still run an afternoon session!

NOC's Great OutpostWall Climbing at NOC’s Great Outpost
NOC’s Great Outpost, here in Gatlinburg, offers an indoor climbing wall that is still open during the winter on Saturdays and Sundays! We even have coupons here in our office for a free wall-climb for 2 people at the Outpost!

Snow ZorbZorb
The amazing and unique Zorb ride is still open in the winter! Imagine the sensation of rolling down a snowy hill in a huge inflated plastic orb! What a thrill-ride!

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Ober Gatlinburg offers skiing, snow tubing, and ice skating for all you winter sports lovers out there! If the roads are tricky because of winter weather, just ride the sky tram up from downtown Gatlinburg! And even when it doesn’t snow, Ober Gatlinburg has state-of-the-art snow-making equipment to make sure you can go skiing even on the sunnier days!

WonderworksWonderworks, The Wonders of Magic
Wonderworks is still open, and they have also recently added an exciting new indoor ropes course! Something which was previously only available to us in the summer is now available in the winter too! The Wonders of Magic Show is also still running for your entertainment and enjoyment!

Smith Family TheaterSmith Family Theater
The Smith Family Theater still has shows every day of the week throughout the winter! They offer their Smith Family Show about 4 times a week and their Blast From The Past Show about 3 times a week!

Comedy BarnComedy Barn
The Comedy Barn, one of the most successful and popular shows in town, is open year round! You’ll be rolling in the floor, you’ll be laughing so hard! This is the funniest show around, so don’t miss it!

Enjoy the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner FeudHatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud
The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud contiues nearly every day throughout the winter and is great entertainment with a delicous home-style meal! Also, if you’d like a show with your breakfast, they offer the Country Jamboree Breakfast Show featuring The Blackwoods! If you can’t decide which to try, you can get a special deal and enjoy both shows!

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The MagiQuest interactive adventure is still open, and extremely popular! This is something great for kids, especially, which is another thing we get asked about constantly. But, I’ve heard quite a few adults enjoy it as well! So for all of us who are young at heart, head down to the MagiQuest attraction!

Ripley's Aquarium of the SmokiesRipley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
This marvelous aquarium is open 365 days a year! It is always filled with wonder and beauty! Make sure to get your tickets at our office to avoid standing in long lines!

Dixie StampedeDixie Stampede
Dixie Stampede takes about a week to do some tear-down and set-up after their holiday show ends on January 1st. But they are right back up with Friday and Saturday shows starting January 13, and one Sunday show on January 15. They add some weekday shows starting February 14, and are open every day of the week again starting in March! You can get discounted tickets for the Stampede here in our office!

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GATLINBURG: Winter Waterfalls

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Photo by Jim McCullough a CumberlandTrail.org Volunteer!Winter can be the best time for enjoying waterfalls. Waterfall flows are higher because of greater amounts of snow and rainfall.  In addition, there is less uptake by forest plants.  Waterfall views and opportunities for photography also improve after the trees have dropped their leaves.

Here are some of our favorite waterfall hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

1.  Laurel Falls. Take a 2.5 mile round trip hike on the Laurel Falls Trail.  The trail is paved all the way to the falls.  The trailhead is 3.9 miles west of Sugarlands Visitor Center on Little River Road.

Visit Hen Wallow Falls this winter!2.  Hen Wallow Falls. Take a 4.5 mile round trip hike o the Gabes Mountain Trail which begins near the entrance to the Cosby Campground.

3.  Waterfalls Loop. Take a 2.4 mile round trip hike starting from the parking area at the end of Deep Creek Road, beyond the Deep Creek Campground.

Stay at Dreams in just minutes from Rainbow Falls!4.  Rainbow Falls. This 5.5 mile round trip hike starts from the Rainbow Falls parking area on Cherokee Orchard Road in downtown Gatlinburg, TN.

The only waterfall visible from the road in winter is Meigs Falls located at post #6 on Little River Road.  As always, be forewarned that rocks around waterfalls are extremely slippery.

ERA In The Smokies Realty & Rentals!Special thanks to the Smokies Guide, official newspaper of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, for providing the winter waterfalls update.

This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.