The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States! It has some of the best hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing you'll find in the U.S. We're sharing the inside scoop with you so you can plan your next trip to the Smokies.
What to Expect from the Weather in the Smoky Mountains Year Round
- July 24, 2018
The Great Smoky Mountains is one of the most diverse in both weather and life in the United States. It’s actually because of these beautiful and picturesque mountains that weather in the Smoky Mountains can be so diverse throughout the year! Keep reading so you can learn what to expect throughout the year.
Spring in the Smoky Mountains brings the most unpredictable weather. From March to May you can experience warm, sunny days one day and the next be chilly and rainy. During March, in particular, you may even still get to experience a snow day! In April, the weather becomes more mild. Throughout the two months, temperatures can reach the high 60sF and lower 40sF or high 30sF. In May, the mornings are usually cool with just a light jacket needed and by the afternoon you’ll be ready to be in shorts.
Summer weather in the Smoky Mountains is humid, hazy, and sticky. Throughout June, July, and August you can expect beautiful and hot summer days. However, rain showers and thunderstorms are very common. During the daytime the temperatures can reach the low 90sF, and in the evenings between lower 70s and upper 60s. However, if you go for a hike up to Mt. LeConte it has very rarely ever made it above 80 degrees at its peak. If you don’t plan to hike up high into the national park you will be fine to wear light, moisture-wicking clothing, but bring a rain jacket!
Fall in the Smokies is beautiful! The leaves begin to change to bright reds, oranges, and yellows. Fall occurs between September to mid-November. The skies are often clear and bright. Days can be warm and comfortable, while nights are cool and often require long-sleeves and a jacket. Temperatures in early fall can be in the 80s and 70s, while late fall they are in the 50s. November is the driest time of the year for the Smoky Mountains.
Winter weather in the Smoky Mountains is usually moderate and manageable. Late November to February is when you can visit and may see snow! Keep in mind that while temperatures may warm up in lower elevations of the Smokies, the upper elevations may be covered in snow. You can get some fantastic pictures if you are here on a snow day! Temperatures throughout these months vary from some warm days in the 50s to lower 30s and below freezing at night. It’s recommended to wear warm layers when you visit during these months.
Best tips for weather:
- Always pack layers since the days can vary especially during spring and fall.
- Always bring a rain jacket. The Smoky Mountains are considered a temperate rainforest so it rains often!
- When you make plans to travel check the weather forecast ahead of time.
The weather in the Smoky Mountains is beautiful, and sometimes unpredictable. From warm summer nights to snow covered mornings in the winter, each season is unique to experience. Now that you know more about the weather in the area, check out 10 things you need to know before your next visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!