What’s Blooming This Spring in the Smokies

As snow melts, waterfalls awaken, bear cubs play, herds graze, birds soar, and tree groves put on their spring best, enchanting wildflowers bloom in the Great Smoky Mountains. Sometimes referred to as the “Wildflower National Park,” the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts 1,500+ kinds of flowering plants, which is more than any other national park in the country! Spring is a fantastic (and gorgeous) time to visit the Smokies. Come see spring beauties, a variety of trilliums, geraniums, azaleas, wild strawberries, irises, phacelias…there are too many to list! Better yet, join the 2020 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage for a deeper dive into the area’s stunning spring scenery. We’ll even help plan your cabin stay to make visiting the Smokies in spring easy. 

Spring Blooms in the Smokies
Tons of flowers open their petals for all to see with the arrival of spring in the Smokies. Visit the national park to see common flowering shrubs and wildflowers in the area up close (some listed below). And be sure to keep an eye out for showy trees, like silverbells, dogwoods, tuliptrees, and red maples!

Spring Wildflowers

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

Pro tip: protect wildflowers by staying on designated trails and reporting any sightings of others digging for plants (aka plant poaching) to a park ranger.

Smoky Mountain Wildflower Pilgrimage 2020
Interested in learning more about these fascinating (and stunning) spring blossoms? Take a nature-rific journey along the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. In a nutshell, the pilgrimage is a massive nature event where you can sign up for various programs that include professionally guided walks, indoor courses, and programs centered around the flora and fauna of the Smokies. 

Interesting Topics

  • Wildflowers (it’s all in the name)
  • Medicinal plants
  • Shrubbery and trees
  • Fungi 
  • Ferns
  • Insects 
  • Birds 
  • Salamanders and snakes
  • Mammals (of all shapes and sizes)
  • Park history
  • Journaling
  • Photography 

With the peak of blooming spring wildflowers typically occurring in the middle or towards the end of April, the 2020 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage has opted to host their annual courses, hikes, and learning adventures for April 21-25. And with 70 years under their belt plus a record-breaking 950 pilgrims in 2019, you’re sure to have a blast! 

Top Trails to View Wildflowers in Spring
Can’t participate in the wildflower pilgrimage but still want to see these gorgeous petals up close? Opt for a wildflower walk along a variety of trails within the national park at your leisure. 

  • Little River Trail
  • Middle Prong Trail
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Porters Creek Trail
  • Cove Hardwood Trail 
  • Deep Creek Trail
  • Oconaluftee Trail
  • Schoolhouse Gap Trail
  • Gregory Ridge Trail
  • Kanati Fork Trail

Where to Stay
When the spring wildflowers begin to bloom, Cabins for YOU readies for an influx of friends, families, and pilgrims in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN. Currently with 380+ cabin options that range from 1-16 bedrooms and budget-friendly to luxury (and pet friendly), we would love the opportunity to help plan your spring cabin stay. Plus, we offer top-notch amenities to make your stay extra comfy! 

Walk in to find a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers on the kitchen counter. Take in the fresh spring blossoms and greenery with mountain or woodsy views. Relax tired muscles in the hot tub after hiking all day. Unwind with a film in the home theater. Snooze in the master suite’s plush king-size bed. Sip morning coffee in a rocking chair. Whip up healthy meals in the fully equipped kitchen. And that’s just the start…

Cabin Amenities

  • Private indoor pool
  • Steamy outdoor hot tub
  • Relaxing indoor jetted tub
  • Home theater with surround sound
  • Rec room with arcade units and game tables
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • TVs in the bedrooms
  • King and queen beds
  • Bunks and sleepers
  • Rocking chairs
  • Charcoal or gas grill
  • FREE wireless internet
  • Mountain, river, wooded, and city views
  • Location close to town or the national park

Visit the Great Smoky Mountains and see what’s blooming this spring in the national park, along a learning pilgrimage, and from the comfort of your cabin in 2020.


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