Spring Flowers in The Smoky Mountains

While the season of autumn is peak visiting season in the Smoky Mountains, spring is a surprisingly popular time, as well! The mountains in Pigeon Forge are home to 1,600 flowering bushes, plants, shrubs, trees and other assorted greenery, which makes for a fantastic display of spring flowers. The area is so well known for its beautiful blooms that it is sometimes referred to as “Wildflower National Park!”

The months of April and May are some of the best months for spring flower viewing. Peak bloom season is typically mid-to-late April in the lower elevations of the park, while the higher elevation peaks a few weeks later.  If you’re visiting Pigeon Forge this spring, make sure you set aside some time to take a hike and enjoy the beauty of the pristine National Park.

The park is so spectacular during these times that they annually host the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage! This five day event is home to history walks, motorcades, photographic hikes and tours, art classes and more. There are indoor as well as outdoor events, and this year the Pilgrimage will be held from April 23rd to April 27th, 2013.

We have had many fans ask about the types of blooms this time of year, so this blog will briefly cover some of the most impressive flowers that are currently blooming or will be out in the coming weeks. We hope to see you in Pigeon Forge checking out the breathtaking flowers and staying in one of our cozy cabins!

Flowers Blooming in April

  • Bleeding hearts
  • Silverbell
  • Indian paintbrush
  • Dogwood
  • Jack-in-the-pulpit
  • Violets
  • Trout lily
  • Squirrel corn
  • Virginia bluebell

Flowers Blooming in May

  • Wild iris
  • Painted trillium
  • Magnolia
  • Bluets
  • Wild orchids
  • Serviceberry
  • Solomon’s seal
  • Flame azalea

Check out this link: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/wildflower-walks.htm for some of the best wildflower viewing trails in the area.

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