high season: mid-March to mid--April, June to July, September to December
low season: February to mid--March
shoulder season: January, mid-April to May, August
Weather InformationGatlinburg experiences a moderate climate throughout its four full seasons. Summers are warm, with high temperature averages in the 80s. Spring and fall average highs range from the 60s to the high 70s. Winters can be chilly, with a chance of snow and average highs in the 40s and 50s. Rain can fall anytime throughout the year.
Crowd InformationGatlinburg sees visitors year-round, but spring break and summer tend to be the busiest times due to school vacations. Many major events and festivals also attract crowds, including the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival & Games in May, the Gatlinburg MountainFest in August, the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival from September through October, and the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade in December.
Closure InformationMost hotels, restaurants, and attractions remain open throughout the year. However, several downtown shops and restaurants may close early during the winter.
Other InformationThe primary arteries into Gatlinburg, Highways 66 at Interstate 40 and Highway 441 South, can get heavily congested during weekends and holidays. You can avoid this traffic by taking alternate routes into town, several of which can save you more than an hour's worth of driving.
When to SaveThe least expensive time to visit is during the winter months, when there are fewer visitors. Discounts are available for travel during weekdays in the summer. The most expensive time to go is over weekends and during holidays.
Information provided by the Gatlinburg Department of Tourism