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2020 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage – Blooms in the Smokies

Winter becomes a wonderland in the Smokies, with frozen fountains, gently falling snow over the mountains, and crisp air with the sounds and smells of the holidays. But as winter begins melting away and the first signs of spring emerge, one begins to think of the many wildflowers that will start blooming in the Smokies. Wildflowers are so important to the Great Smoky Mountains, in fact, that there is an entire event devoted to the blooms of the Smokies. 

The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is hosted in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is a wonderful opportunity for local and visitors alike to learn more about the flora and fauna of the area. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is not just the most-visited national park – it’s also home to a massive variety of wildflowers. 

You can check out these flowers on any of your own hikes or scenic walks in the Smokies, or you can take advantage of the classes, workshops, guided hikes, and more during the 2020 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage! And after you’ve spent the day checking out the wildflowers blooming in the park, head back to your cozy cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for a relaxing evening filled with hot tub soaks, mountain views, movies, and more. 

Wildflowers of the Smoky Mountains
What will you find when you go wildflower hunting in the Smoky Mountains? Some varieties you’ll come across include:

  • Crested dwarf irises
  • Bloodroots
  • Bleeding hearts
  • Galax
  • Foamflowers
  • Wild ginger
  • Spring beauties
  • Solomon’s seals
  • Painted, white, Catesby’s, Vasey’s, and yellow trilliums
  • Bishop’s caps
  • Flame azaleas
  • Columbines
  • Trout lilies
  • Thyme-leaved bluets
  • Robin’s plantains
  • Wild strawberries
  • Halberd-leaved violets
  • Fire pinks
  • Wild geraniums
  • Sharp-lobed hepaticas
  • Squirrel corns
  • Dutchman’s britches
  • Jack-in-the-pulpits 
  • Squawroots
  • White fringed and purple phacelias 
  • Blue phloxes

Keeping Wildflowers Safe
Please remember to take care of the wildflowers for future visitors and generations to come! Never pick wildflowers, always stay on marked/designated trails, and let a park ranger know if you see anyone causing damage. 

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage 2020
While you can find many along your own hikes in the mountains, a great way to learn more is during the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. There are classes, workshops, guided hikes, opportunities to learn more about the area’s history, and much more. Some past year’s topics have included:

  • Wildflowers
  • Fungi
  • Ferns 
  • Insects
  • Shrubs and Trees
  • Medicinal plants
  • Birds 
  • Salamanders 
  • History of the Smoky Mountains 
  • Photography 
  • Journaling, and more! 

Favorite Spring Trails
Even if you don’t go to the pilgrimage, there are some great trails you can check out in the park. Some of the top trails for wildflower viewing include Middle Prong Trail, Little River Trail, Porters Creek Trail, The Appalachian Trail, Deep Creek Trail, Cove Hardwood Trail, Oconaluftee Trail, and Schoolhouse Gap Trail. 

The 2020 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage will be held April 21 – 25, 2020 – at the (hopefully) peak of the wildflower blooming period. Now is the perfect time to start planning your trip so you can snag the cabin that fits your needs. If you’re coming as a couple, we have romantic 1-2 bedroom cabins where you can cozy up and recount what you learned during the day. We also have tons of cabins for families, along with large group lodges for school, church, or work groups! 

When you’ve come home after a long day, you can sit back in a rocking chair with a good book, relax your muscles in a hot tub, have a movie night in a theater room, shoot pool and play games in a rec room, gather around a firepit for s’mores and stories, or just make a meal in your full kitchen and unwind in the living room together.

Celebrate Easter in the Smokies – Events, Wildflowers & More

The Easter Bunny is hopping into the Great Smoky Mountains soon! He’ll be bringing fun Easter events, yummy seasonal foods and Easter treats, blooming spring wildflowers, fresh spring air, and more. So start planning your Easter trip to stay in one of our Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins for an unforgettable Easter. You’ll have everything from beautiful handmade Easter crafts to a sunrise service atop a mountain – and plenty more fun ways to play in Pigeon Forge and at your cozy cabin. 

2020 Easter Events
There are always a lot of things happening in the Great Smoky Mountains, and Easter is no different. While you’re here for Easter, be sure to plan some time around these great events going on. 

Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show | April 8 – 11
The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is a staple in the Smokies, and they hold annual events throughout the year. This Easter, stroll through the many aisles of handcrafted items to find the perfect gifts – leather goods, quilts, jewelry, stained glass, paintings, wood sculptures, birdhouses, handmade soaps, baskets, and so much more! Oh, and you can watch these talented artisans at work too! 

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily 

Brunch with the Easter Bunny | April 11
Don’t miss out on this fun event for the kids, where you can sit down for a delicious meal at the Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille with the Easter Bunny himself! They’ll also have door prizes, duck feeding, and kids’ activities. 

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Buy tickets by calling 865.406.6558

Easter Egg Hunt | April 11
Head to Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge this Easter for the area’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. They’ll have thousands of hidden eggs hidden, lots of prizes for the kids, and of course a visit from the Easter Bunny. Kids 12 and under are welcome to search for eggs at the hunt, and it’s sure to be a great time for the whole family! 

10 a.m. – TBD

Easter Sunrise Service at Ober | April 12
Start your 2020 Easter with a beautiful non-denominational service atop Mt. Harrison at Ober Gatlinburg. Several pastors lead the service as the sun rises over the Smokies at this free event. It features complimentary tram rides and a chance to donate to local charities. Seasons of Ober Restaurant features a breakfast buffet (kids 5 and under – FREE, kids 5-10 – $12.95, adults – $14.95). 

5 a.m. – tram rides begin; 6:30 a.m. service starts; 7:15 – 10:30 a.m. breakfast buffet

Easter in the Cabin
While there are obviously some great events to check out in Pigeon Forge, you can stay in your Pigeon Forge cabin and still have fun! Our Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins boast amenities like fully equipped kitchens, Wi-Fi (making it easy to find more Easter ideas on our blog), board games and rec rooms, theater rooms, private indoor pools, gorgeous mountain views, hot tubs, and much more that will keep you cozy on an Easter retreat. 

Use your cabin’s fully equipped kitchen to cook a big Easter brunch or whip up whimsical Easter treats together. Large group cabins usually have large dining tables for family Easter meals, or you can use those tables to make Easter crafts with the kids. 

Wildflowers for Easter
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its incredible variety of wildflowers, and of course springtime is the perfect time to view them! Along the more than 800 miles of trails found throughout the park that spans states, wildflowers dot the landscape – showy orchids, violets, bleeding hearts, lady slipper orchids, and much, much more!