How to Stay Active this Winter in East Tennessee

How to Stay Active this Winter in East Tennessee

East Tennessee offers a variety of ways to stay active during the colder months of the year.

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The winter months are an exciting time in East Tennessee. You'll find ample reasons to plan a winter getaway to the state. Here are just a few ideas on how to make some snowy memories:

Winter Hikes

Bays Mountain & Planetarium 

853 Bays Mountain Park Road

Kingsport, TN 37660

Tennessee's largest city-owned park is a 3,550-acre nature preserve that includes wolves, bobcats, reptiles and raptors. More than 25 hiking trails cover most of the park; so take a stroll around the lake or trek up to the fire tower. However you spend your day at Bays Mountain, you can be sure there will be plenty of winter magic to discover. 

Frozen Head State Park

964 Flat Fork Rd.

Wartburg, TN 37887

Explore 24,000 acres of wilderness made of hiking, biking and horse riding trails. The peak of the Cumberland Mountains at 3,324 ft. is covered in ice and snow in the winter months. Perfect for that always-coveted Tennessee Instagram photo-op.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Ober Gatlinburg

1001 Parkway Suite 2

Gatlinburg TN, 37738


Yes, Tennessee is home to its own ski resort, Ober Gatlinburg, where you can ski and snow tube, ice skate indoors and take a ride on the Ski Mountain Coaster year-round. Slopes are open now and close in mid-March. Purchase a ski area ticket for unlimited access to all the slopes during your session. Sessions range from twilight, night, full day, two-day and three-day passes, starting from $29 for adults and $25 for kids and seniors. Ober Gatlinburg has all your gear covered as you can rent skis and snowboards, jackets, pants and helmets.

Ice Skating

Ice Chalet

100 Lebanon St.

Knoxville, TN 37919

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Have a party or enjoy an afternoon skating the ice rink every day with extended hours in late December to early January. View the full schedule to plan your day accordingly. You can purchase a public season pass for $25 which includes five sessions on the ice or a Public Session Pass Plus which includes skate rental for $45 and five sessions. One day admission is $6 and $6 for skate rentals.  

Ice on the Landing Ice Skating

1400 Market St.

Chattanooga, TN 37402

Bring the whole family to the historic Glenn Miller Outdoor Gardens at the Chattanooga Choo Choo to enjoy the seasonal return of Ice on the Landing Ice Skating Rink. Opt for a season pass for $100 or a family pass for $200 for a family of two adults and two children so you can experience the rink unlimited days and times Nov. 17 through Jan. 21, 2018. 

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