One of the many wonderful benefits of living in East Tennessee is our generally mild climate. We have recently completed one of the more significant winter seasons with several snows and a lot of missed school days due to weather. In fact, as of this morning, Ober Gatlinburg reports that they still have 60 inches of snow at the top of the mountain. On the first day of spring however, we had an absolutely glorious day here in the Gatlinburg area with the high temps reaching almost to 70 degrees. Although we had a few snow flurries yesterday, the ground is much too warm for any sort of accumulation other than on the highest mountaintops and the precipitation from here forward until next winter will most likely be rain. Spring is indeed here with trees budding, flowers starting to bloom, and temperatures becoming milder. If you haven’t enjoyed a spring wildflower hike before this might be the year to enjoy that. For an easy hike that almost anyone can enjoy, try the beginner friendly Gatlinburg trail. This trail, one of only a couple that allow pets, runs 2 miles mainly along the river from the south end of downtown Gatlinburg to the Visitor’s Center in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Although it does have a bit of an incline near the midway point it is a great and easily accessible way to view some of the magnificent beauty of our national park. Even as it gets warmer in the summer time the rushing river serves as natural air conditioning to keep hikers cool and comfortable.
Although my favorite Smoky Mountain season is autumn, spring is exceptionally pretty as well. With mild summers and winters, the change of seasons is always welcome and most always pleasant. If you don’t own real estate in the Gatlinburg area, now is a great time to be a buyer. Rates are still low and prices are VERY attractive. Please let us know if we may assist you in finding the perfect Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Sevierville location for you!