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Best time to visit Gatlinburg, TN, USA

Our verdict

The best time to visit Gatlinburg is April-May

Gatlinburg can be visited year-round, but based on the ideal climate conditions, cost of travel, and avoiding peak holiday periods, April-May is the best time to go.

In summer, temperatures can reach as high as 31℃ (87℉) in the middle of the day. In the winter months, it can get down to as low as -8℃ (18℉) at night.

If you’re keen to work on your tan in Gatlinburg, you’re most likely get the longest days between sun-up and sun-down around July. The wet season in Gatlinburg usually falls during the months surrounding February each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

Keep reading to find out when the best times to travel to Gatlinburg are for whatever trip you’re planning. By the time you finish, you’ll have all the info you need, and you’ll be ready to start booking. Don’t know where to look or who to book with? Don’t stress! We’ve hand-picked our favourite online travel tools we use, know and love so you can rest assured you’re in safe hands. Happy reading!

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

August

Most daylight

July

Gatlinburg seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Gatlinburg as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Gatlinburg is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Gatlinburg

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Gatlinburg for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Gatlinburg climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Gatlinburg for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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Gatlinburg in January

  • Average temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average high temperature: 6℃ (44℉)
  • Average low temperature: -2℃ (28℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 82mm (3") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 8 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Gatlinburg in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Gatlinburg in February

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average low temperature: -0℃ (31℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 110mm (4") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 7 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Gatlinburg in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Gatlinburg in March

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 83mm (3") over 17 days
  • Average snow days: 4 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Gatlinburg in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Gatlinburg in April

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 89mm (3") over 17 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Gatlinburg in April, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Gatlinburg in May

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 80mm (3") over 20 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Gatlinburg in May, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings, and t-shirts and light gear for the daytime.


Gatlinburg in June

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 64mm (3") over 18 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Gatlinburg in June, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Gatlinburg in July

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 92mm (4") over 21 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Gatlinburg in July, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Gatlinburg in August

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 58mm (2") over 18 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Gatlinburg in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Gatlinburg in September

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (56℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 62mm (2") over 16 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Gatlinburg in September, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.

Gatlinburg in October

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 70mm (3") over 13 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Gatlinburg in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Gatlinburg in November

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 71mm (3") over 12 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Gatlinburg in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Gatlinburg in December

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (40℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 99mm (4") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 5 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Gatlinburg in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Gatlinburg is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 28℃ (83℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Gatlinburg is generally around August. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in August first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Gatlinburg is generally around February, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of February too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Gatlinburg, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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