10 Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains in January

Nov 25, 2014

10 Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains in


As you look ahead to 2015, forget resolutions – try making a list you can really stick to, and with pleasure!

Check out our “10 Things to Do in the Smokies in January” list. Why January? Because it’s a great time to visit our beautiful area: The crowds have calmed down and there’s no better place to celebrate a new year and new beginnings.gatlinburg-winterfest.jpg

  1. Enjoy the lights and atmosphere of Winterfest. Christmas will be over, but the festive lights and decorations will still be up throughout the area through February. Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville teamed up with local businesses like Dollywood, Christ in the Smokies and Ripley’s Aquarium to present the most festive and brilliant Christmas and winter lighting displays in East Tennessee.

  2. Shop for what you didn’t get for Christmas. Did Santa not put everything you hoped for under the tree? You’re sure to complete your list when you visit Tanger Outlets in Sevierville, which offers brand name and designer fashions for the entire family, housewares and china, home décor, luggage, toys, books, music, food specialties and more. There’s also Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet, which carries designer brands, one-of-a-kind hand-crafted gifts, books and furniture.

  3. Country_Tonite.jpgSee a show. There are plenty of dinner shows and other performances to choose from, including Dixie Stampede, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, The Wonders of Magic at WonderWorks, Country Tonite Theatre, Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud, Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show and The Comedy Barn Theater.

  4. Go back in time. History buffs are sure to enjoy the area, with attractions like the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge and the Tennessee Heritage Trail. View artifacts from the great doomed ship and discover the people and events that shaped Tennessee, the country’s 16th state, on the Heritage Trail’s History Trail.

  5. Hike and commune with nature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park is the most visited national park in the United States. Park officials count more than 200 species of birds, 66 species of mammals, 50 species of fish, 39 species of reptiles and 43 species of amphibians.

  6. Enjoy Southern cooking at numerous restaurants. If you’re looking for delicious comfort food, you have plenty of options, including The Old Mill, Mama’s Farmhouse, Huck Finn’s Catfish and Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Grill.

  7. Participate in the 25th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week. From Jan. 24-31, 2015 the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge will host the completely free event that is open to the public. Attendees can enjoy exhibits, performances, workshops, classes, walks and talks that are both informative and entertaining.

  8. snow_making.JPGSee snow in the highest elevations. “Snow almost never sticks around for more than a day in lower elevations,” says Shelia Ogle “but in the upper elevations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the snow can stay for days or even week.” If you stick around long enough in January, you’re bound to see it. Also remember you can go snow skiing at Ober Gatlinburg they make snow daily when the temperature is permitting.

  9. Screen_Shot_2014-11-25_at_9.37.38_PM.pngVisit one of the area’s newest attractions, The Island in Pigeon Forge. There’s something for everyone at this hugely popular spot, which opened in 2013: Shops, restaurants and attractions, like the 200-ft. Great Smoky Mountain Wheel that sits at the foot of the National Park.

  10. Take a tour of Cades Cove by car or by bike. According to Wikipedia.com, Cades Cove is the most popular destination for visitors to the National Park because of its “well preserved homesteads, scenic mountain views and abundant display of wildlife.” With almost no traffic during this time, you’re sure to see deer everywhere.

So there you have it – which one will you check off first? We have the perfect place for you to stay at Heartland Cabin Rentals. Give us a call at 1-888-711-0087 or visit us online at www.HeartlandRentals.com to reserve your cabin. We can’t wait to see you!

Category: Things to do

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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