Why do people like to hike during the winter. Well here in East Tennessee for many it is the best time of the year to hike. Having the Great Smoky Mountains National Park close by is a great benefit for theGreater Knoxville area.
With approximately 800 miles of hiking trails the park has much to see. The problem is that this park is the most visited national park in the country, so even with that many miles of trails it can get hard to find a trail to enjoy on your own, especially those trails close to roads. During the winter months this usually isn't a problem. while there are many people out to visit the park there are fewer brave souls who actually venture out of their cars or off the pavement.
During the winter months with the foliage off of the trees the views are spectacular. If you are adventurous and don't mind hiking in snow, or even ice, you can get some spectacular photo opportunities. Hiking along the Appalachian Trail gets you to the peak of the mountain and can offer outstanding views but the hike to the top isn't for everyone.
If you are planning on doing some winter hiking be prepared. The temperature can change quickly and there can be a difference of ten degrees or more from the foothills to the peak. Boots are a must, just this last weekend I hiked from Newfound Gap north on the Appalachian Trial and saw most of the hikers wearing only tennis shoes. With the snow and ice on the trail I am sure they were miserable and it made for a very dangerous trip. Prepare for the change in temperatures. One of the biggest mistakes is to wear cotton clothing. Cotton looses it's insulating effectiveness when it gets wet. Water resistant pants are not that expensive and wearing a fleece jacket is one of the best ways to stay warm. Don't forget gloves and a hat with ear protection. One of the most critical items is to have water. Even though we aren't sweating we can still get dehydrated quickly and drinking from the streams can leave you sick for days.
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