Springtime in The Smokies 2021

The Absolute Best Places to See the Smoky Mountain Wildflowers

 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Get ready for the 71st annual Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Every year, you can be a part of the event and experience guided hikes that explore all sorts of nature in the national park — wildflowers, wildlife, culture, history and more! This year’s Wildflower Pilgrimage will be May 8th- 16th and virtual. It’s a great way to see the Smoky Mountains, learn a little bit more about the history of the area and, of course, see all of the beautiful Smoky Mountain spring wildflowers!

For a full list of Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage events- Click here


Best Hikes To See Wildflowers



Gregory Ridge Trail

This trial is so easy and convenient since it begin right in Cades Cove! Drive through the loop right past the Cable Mill. You’ll turn at Forge Creek Rd and the trial is at the end. This is a great trail to see the wildflowers.

Little River Trail

The Little River Trail is a great trail located just before you reach Element Campground. You’ll experience the scenic river alongside the trial and the wildflowers on the other!

Appalachian Trail

This one seems like a no brainer but we recommend exploring this trail in the 2 mile stretch between Newfound Gap and Road Prong Trail.  Spring is the best time to see the flora especially in mid- April through May!

School House Gap Road

See all the spring and summer flowers along the 2.2 miles from Laurel creek Rd to School House Gap. You can find this trail near the “Y” towards Cades Cove.

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