The calendar indicates that it is March, and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that means one thing:
Nature is a wondrous thing. The wildflowers of Spring have but a short time to complete their cycle of blooming and seed setting before the surrounding forest leafs out and blocks the life-giving rays of the sun from the understory of secondary growth.
These are not the delicate blooms of Summer, but rather a hardier lot that can withstand late frosts and even cold snow!
You can expect to see Fleabane, Spring Beauty, Dwarf Crested Iris and Trillium of every variety. If you are lucky you might spy a Showy Orchis or Dutchman’s Britches.
My favorite spots for Spring wildflowers are along Chasteen Creek in Smokemont, Deep Creek near Bryson City, and the Cove Hardwood Forest next to the Chimneys Picnic Area.
The park is less crowded in Spring, and it’s a great time to see some of the smaller flora up close and personal.
I highly recommend it to nature lovers everywhere!
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