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Smoky Mountain Wildflower Pilgrimage

Vintage style picture of wildflowersCelebration of the beauty of spring and the blooming of wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is about to begin with over 150 different and amazing programs. Guides will lead hikes, motorcades and demonstrations. A variety of experts will also give lectures on themes relating to springtime in the Smoky Mountains like finding wildflowers and other plants, collecting seeds and wild honey bees.Certain hiking trails are perfect for viewing some of the best of the flowers, plants and wildlife in the area.

Wonderful trails through the Smoky Mountains National Park showcase the forest wildflowers. Deep Creek Trail, Gregory Ridge Trail and Middle Prong Trail are three examples of the marvelous places to go hiking in the spring. The Deep Creek Trail is about two miles round-trip and besides the flowers all along the path the walkway features two waterfalls. On the Gregory Ridge Trail, the first two miles of the way are loaded with wildflowers. The Middle Prong Trail is an old roadway where trillium, foamflowers and violets bloom in abundance. If you love to hike, there are some great places to stay that are easily accessible to all of these wonderful Smoky Mountain hiking trails.

The Smoky Mountains in springtime are fantastic. The morning fog lifts to reveal the moist ground on the forest floor. The new flowers rise to the warmth of spring and lift their bright faces toward the morning light. The forest floor is well mulched with last year’s leaves and the wildflowers are sheltered under the warm blanket, but they reach upward as soon as the warmer days come. Finding the cheerful and colorful blooms helps to make spring hiking in the Smoky Mountains a thrill.