Smoky Mountains in the Spring

 

Use the Bloom-ometer to plan the ideal, springtime visit

 

Springtime is one of the best times to visit the Smoky Mountains. You’ll experience a parade of wildflower blooms, each wave transforming the mountains with brilliant washes of color.

Beginning as early as March, red maples and ephemerals are followed by the showier dogwoods, magnolias and azaleas.

Let us help plan your Smoky Mountains spring visit around the show.


GATLINBURG

The winding roads and creeks in the foothills of the Smokies are some of the first wildflowers to break out into bloom.

 

Currently in Bloom

Feb 25: Heirloom Daffodils

Mar 10: Bradford Pear

Mar 20: Alderleaf Yellow Violet, Japanese Quince

 

Recommended Tour*

Gatlinburg Loop Smoky Mountains Tour

Bud Ogle Cabin surrounded by blooming dogwoods in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park of Tennessee.

FOOTHILLS PARKWAY

Touted as “one of the prettiest drives in America,” the parkway provides the best views of the highest peaks in the eastern United States.

 

Currently in Bloom

Apr 19: Dogwoods

April 21: Red Columbine, Fleabane, Dwarf Crested Iris, Heartleaf Foamflower, Doghobble, Fire Pink, Yellow Trillium, Sawtooth Blackberry

Apr 25: Flame Azalea

 

Recommended Tours*

Valleys & Views Smoky Mountains Tour

Foothills Parkway Smoky Mountains Tour

 

Dogwoods blooming along the Foothills Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN.

NEWFOUND GAP

Nearly one mile above sea level, Newfound Gap’s main attraction is its incredible viewpoint. No wonder it’s where U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt chose to stand when dedicating the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

Currently in Bloom

Mar 20: Carolina Spring Beauty, Cutleaf Toothwort, Liverwort, Yellow Trillium

Mar 28: White Fringed Phacelia, Dutchman's Britches

 

Recommended Tour*

Newfound Gap Smoky Mountains Tour

 

 

Mountain laurel blooming along road near Clingmans Dome, Newfound Gap in the Smoky Mountains.

ROARING FORK MOTOR NATURE TRAIL

The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail leads one along a narrow, paved path through chestnut oak, white oak, magnolia, maple and tulip trees take you to a pinnacle overlook with striking views.

 

Currently in Bloom

Mar 28: White Trillium, Sweet White Violet, Roundleaf Yellow Violet, Bishop’s Cap, Fiddleheads, Roundleaf Liverleaf

Apr 10: Blue Plhox

 

Recommended Tour*

Roaring Fork Smoky Mountains Tour

 

 

Spring wildflowers booming along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in GSMNP, Tennessee.

*We cannot guarantee that all flowers currently in bloom will be seen on each recommended tour.

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SMOKIES’ PARADE OF BLOOMS

MARCH

Blood Root, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Sharp-Lobed Hepatica, Spring Beauty, Trout-Lily and Violets.

APRIL

Dutchman's Breeches, Fire Pink, Foam Flower, Large-flowered Bellwort, Little Brown Jugs, Purple Phacelia, Squirrel Corn, Trout-Lily, Violets, White Fringed Phacelia, White Trillium, Wild Geranium, Wild Ginger, Wood Anemone and Yellow Trillium.

MAY

Yellow Lady's Slippers, Bleeding Heart, Blue Phlox, May Apple, Mountain Laurel and Flame Azaleas.

JUNE

Catawba Rhododendron (primarily above elevations of 3500 feet), Flame Azaleas at higher elevations, Indian Pink, Mountain Laurel at higher elevations, Mountain Spiderwort, Rattlesnake Hawkweed, Rosebay rhododendron, Speckled Wood Lily, Sundrops, Squawroot, Wood Sorrel, Woodland bluets and Yellow Star Grass.

 

 

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