Winter has mildly settled in here in our state. Frost hugs the mountaintops and trees, and turns the purest water ice cold. Bundle up and let your eyes behold the winterized beauty in our state parks and natural areas. While visiting, make sure you remain hydrated and stay on paths properly marked by Tennessee's official state parks and wildlife management teams. Here are just eight places you should explore during the cold months:

Frozen Head State Park – Wartburg 

Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg
Hike through Frozen Head State Park for these views.
Photo Credit Tennessee State Parks

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.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Sevier County 

Winter in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
See this winter wonderland in Gatlinburg
Photo Credit Gatlinburg CVB

The nation's most visited park also has a wealth of hiking opportunities. Get out in nature and discover what wildlife roams this time of year. With waterfalls, forests, panorama views, and caves, the most difficult part of your trip will be choosing which trail to explore.