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    Default Best time to hike the smokys

    After the first of the year i get another vac.and im thinking of doin the smokys .i dont wanna go in when its 95 out or when the high for the day is 35. crowds dont concearn me either....would i have to resupply? just a little preplanning i guess.

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    september is pretty much the best time to hike anywhere.

    This year, the middle of october was perfect so you never know.

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    I day hiked in a couples miles north of Newfound Gap one cold Valentines morning. About a mile in, I encountered a 100 foot section of foot thick ice on trail on a slight up hill grade. I was walking on any fresh snow or dirt to get some traction but ended up falling on my butt a couple times. On the way back out, I decided to take it easy, and sat on my butt and slid back to exposed trail. The up hill was bad, but the butt sliding was fun.
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    Default Best time to hike the Smokies

    Right Now this very minute !

    Fresh snow and plenty of it.
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    Default Mid Sept. to early Oct.

    I hiked for the first time ever in early October this year, and it was awesome. The first night at Double Springs Gap Shelter was pretty cold, but I wasn't prepared enough with it being my first hike. I'd say mid Sept. to early Oct. would be ideal. Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritWind View Post
    Right Now this very minute !

    Fresh snow and plenty of it.
    Yeah, baby! I just got back. Rained on us all afternoon, then turned to snow in the evening. Snowed all night and into the morning. Beautiful. Cold. When I got back home and dumped out my stuff several hours later, I still had enough snow to make a couple of snowballs.
    If not NOW, then WHEN?

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    I'm jealous. I was in the Smokies last week and got nothing but cold and wind. The clouds threatened snow one day, but nothing came of it.
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    We hiked it the first week of June 2006 and had a ball. We had water, the bugs weren't bad and we started on Monday ans came out Saturday.

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    I wished that I'd ducked into Gatlinburg for a quick resupply instead of carrying all my food.

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    in my opinion the best time to hike the smokies is around christmas
    The only thing better than mountains, is mountains where you haven't been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Solemates View Post
    in my opinion the best time to hike the smokies is around christmas
    Why's that?

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    I always hike in May while the kids are still in school. I started at the northern end on Monday morning and finished Friday afternoon. There'e very little water up there other than springs. I did wash some at New Found Gap in the public bathrooms.You'll have to carry everything when you enter the park unless you're going to meet someone. This was before Memorial Day and the weather was very suitable for hiking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mts4602 View Post
    september is pretty much the best time to hike anywhere.

    This year, the middle of october was perfect so you never know.
    Not in GA, its still summer. I'd say October is the best month to hike anywhere in the south, including the Smokies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scope View Post
    Not in GA, its still summer.
    Wrong state. GSMNP is in TN/NC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mts4602 View Post
    Why's that?
    Because there are no shopping malls in the park!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sliderule View Post
    Wrong state. GSMNP is in TN/NC.
    Hmmm... having hiked there, you'd think I'd know that.

    Did I misinterpret "anywhere"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marta View Post
    Yeah, baby! I just got back. Rained on us all afternoon, then turned to snow in the evening. Snowed all night and into the morning. Beautiful. Cold. When I got back home and dumped out my stuff several hours later, I still had enough snow to make a couple of snowballs.
    I went into Joyce Kilmer/Slickrock Creek Wilderness just south of the park.
    I love winter weather...in the fall! I hope this was a sign of things to come. All four seasons have their own beauty but fresh snow offers a perspective to the same old scenery that keeps me happy.


    I'm not sure that there's a bad time to hike in the GSMNP - even at the peak of tourist season there are still quiet trails and lonely backcountry campsites. The AT from Fontana to Newfound Gap (or vice versa) is sweet after some snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritWind View Post
    I'm not sure that there's a bad time to hike in the GSMNP - even at the peak of tourist season there are still quiet trails and lonely backcountry campsites. The AT from Fontana to Newfound Gap (or vice versa) is sweet after some snow.
    I completely agree! Sometimes it's hard to find a parking space, but it's not at all hard to find a lonely trail and a quiet campsite. You just have to be willing to walk a bit...
    If not NOW, then WHEN?

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    I agree that Sept and Oct are usually the best weatherwise: cooler temps, least chance of rain.

    NOAA data shows the average number of days-of-precip falls steeply in Sept and Oct (8 or 9 days) and peaks Jan through March (12) and again in July (13).

    East Tenn climate data:
    http://www.weather.gov/climate/xmacis.php?wfo=mrx...has specific info for Clingman's Dome, Mt Leconte, Murphy, NC, Gatlinburg, TN, Lenoir City, and others

    That being said, my favorite time to visit the Smokies is when the area's at its very beautifullest: late spring through summer. I do love some snow, but the smokies are all about the green, baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mts4602 View Post
    Why's that?
    i like the winter scenes and snow and crowds are very low. ive gone for 4 day trips in the smokies around christmas and not seen a single person.
    The only thing better than mountains, is mountains where you haven't been.

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