While every season offers something special, spring is one of our favorite times for an escape to Gatlinburg! When the last traces of winter melt away, the Smokies come to life again with beautiful scenery and a variety of special events. To help whet your appetite for a vacation, we have put together three of the top perks of taking a spring getaway at our Gatlinburg TN vacation rentals.
1. Gorgeous Wildflowers
Spring brings an incredible display of beautiful wildflowers to the Gatlinburg area. With over 1,500 types of flowering plants to see, it’s no wonder the Smokies are also known as “Wildflower National Park”! One of the best ways to see the flowers is to take a scenic hike in the mountains. Here are some of the best trails for wildflower viewing:
- Porters Creek Trail – first 1.5 miles from late March through April
- Kanati Fork Trail – first two miles in early spring
- Little River Trail – entire trail is superb from mid-March through April
- Gregory Ridge Trail – first two miles throughout the spring season
- Appalachian Trail – two miles between Newfound Gap and Road Prong Trail from mid-April through May
If you would prefer to take a guided tour of the blooms, sign up for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. This five day event during the second to last week in April consists of a great collection of walks, motorcades, and workshops that celebrate spring in Gatlinburg. To register for the hikes and classes that appeal to you, visit the official Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage website.
With highs in the 70s, the spring climate in Gatlinburg is ideal for dining alfresco. All of our Gatlinburg TN vacation rentals come with fully furnished kitchens, so you can easily prepare sandwiches, salads, snacks, and everything else you need for a tasty meal. Many of our properties also come with grills, so you can have a barbeque right on your cabin’s deck!
If you would like to have lunch amongst the beautiful scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, be sure to visit one of these great picnic areas:
- Deep Creek
- Cades Cove
- Metcalf Bottoms
- Collins Creek (opens early April)
- Big Creek (opens mid-April)
3. Festivals at Dollywood
When Dollywood reopens for the spring, guests have two excellent festivals to look forward to. From mid-March through mid-April, the theme park will host the Festival of Nations. This annual event brings talented performers from all around the world to Dollywood for a series of special shows. In years past, the Festival of Nations has showcased African dancing, Ecuadorian music, German stilt walking, and a ukulele orchestra.
In mid-May, Dollywood celebrates the popular Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival. Some of the very best bluegrass musicians in the country will perform hundreds of concerts at the theme park. All of these shows are free with park admission! In addition to the great music, Dollywood will also be serving up heaping helpings of delicious barbeque with all of the fixin’s. The theme park’s chefs are always cooking up new recipes, so be sure to come hungry.
To start planning your spring getaway, browse our complete selection of Gatlinburg TN vacation rentals!