Favorite Winter Hiking Weather and Locations

It's a cold morning here in East Tennessee, as I took some bird food out to the feeder. But, there isn't any winter storm here in Claiborne County and the sky is blue. The temps are going to reach about 40 degrees later in the day. It's the perfect day for a hike in the mountains off-trail. So, what is your favorite winter hike and temps for doing it?

I like the temps between 35 and 45 degrees, no wind and a clear or cloudy day with no chance of bad weather. I don't mind snow up to about 5 inches or less as well. I enjoy smaller ridge areas where you can really see clearly the woods far away, because of the little bit of snow on the ground. I enjoy hiking Elkmont back ridges off-trail from near the river road up to the main Park trails. I also enjoy hiking Copeland this time of year.

My winter hikes are usually shorter if the snow is deeper. No snow and I can go all day.

The first time I saw this chimney it was shown to me by a lady who was actually born in this cabin.

Littin Ramsey.

What's your fav winter hike?



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Comment by Mike Maples on February 1, 2012 at 11:04pm

Adam, yes Panther Creek for sure. When I was a young kid that was one of Dad's favorite places to fish.

Comment by Adam Beal on February 1, 2012 at 9:22am

Mike my favorite winter hiking area is in the far western part of the park. Anything around Tabcat Creek, Shop Creek, or Panther Creek. I like exploring in those areas. Also usually less snow because of lower elevation.

Comment by Sharon Long on January 16, 2012 at 4:45pm

I haven't done that much winter hiking, with that being said so far my favorite place would be the deep creek area of the park, such a peaceful trail but have never done it with snow on it. love Toms branch falls, don't know why just do,lol. Would love to do more winter hiking, any suggestions? 

Comment by John Quillen on January 14, 2012 at 10:51am


I really enjoy busting up past Spruce Flats Falls on the manway up to Meigs Mtn.  Especially when the Falls are frozen.

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