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WINTER
image012 Winters are very mild in the Townsend region. Very often, snow falls only in the higher elevations. A cumulative of approximately 12 inches of snow falls annually, however, this usually comes in amounts of less than 4 inches at one time. The coldest weather occurs during the month of January. The average temperature at this time of year is 52 degrees Fahrenheit. A breathtaking sight is the mountains covered with snow. Whether trail hiking in the crisp air, skiing at Ober Gatlinburg, or curled up next to a warm fire, winter in the Townsend region is truly an enjoyable experience.

SPRING
image013 Considered by some to be the most exciting time of the year. Springtime offers the opportunity to experience the Townsend region at its finest. Wildflowers such as Mountain Phlox. Dwarf Irises, Trilliums and Pink Lady Slippers form a blanket of color on the hillsides. Toward the end of the season, the Dogwoods, Redbuds, and Azaleas are in bloom. A walk through the woods reveals young wood ducks, turkeys, ruffed grouse, rabbits, and if you are lucky, a glimpse of bear cubs playing on the hillside. The climate is cool and comfortable with the average daily temperature being 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

SUMMER

image014 The most popular season in the Townsend region is Summertime. The climate is comfortable with temperatures usually around 85 degrees Fahrenheit. July is the warmest month of the year. An abundance of wildlife can be seen in the Townsend region at this time including rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, creek otters, red foxes, and turkeys. The best time to see deer is early in the morning or at dusk. Occasionally, you will see a bear, however they are a nocturnal animal. Over 100 species of birds reside in the Townsend region including red-tailed hawks, yellow finches, red-headed woodpeckers, indigo buntings, and a variety of owls.

AUTUMN

image015When Autumn arrives, the Townsend region is transformed into a glorious display of brilliant color. The colorful mountains are truly a spectacle to behold. A walk through the woods is especially enjoyable at this time as the average daily temperature is 72 degrees Fahrenheit. In Autumn, the woods abound with wildlife as all the animals are preparing for the winter. Fall flowers are in full bloom and the air is clear and dry.