As the winter months fade, the snow melts into oblivion, and the landscape wakes from its season long slumber, the colors of Gatlinburg begin to sparkle like no other community. Red, green, blue, purple, and colors beyond description blossom into existence throughout the town, and, during this time, Gatlinburg, Tennessee the heart of Tennessee’s awe-inspiring wilderness community—becomes the botanical capital of the United States. Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountain Association’s 63rd annual Wildflower Pilgrimage, and welcome to paradise.
From April 24 to April 28, everyone—from the serious, local botanist to the happy go lucky tourist—can experience the grace and wonder of a Gatlinburg Spring. Starting in 1951, the annual Wildflower Pilgrimage has become one of the most famous events in Gatlinburg history, drawing thousands of tourists each year—and for good reason too! Nowhere is the effect of the spring time months so apparent, so unspeakably beautiful as it is in this quaint tourist hamlet in the mountains of Tennessee.
And, with over 150 programs, you will have every chance to experience this beauty first hand. With guided hiking tours, demonstrations, guest lecturers, and more, all dedicated to showcasing the abundant varieties of wildflowers, ferns, plants, mosses, birds, amphibians, and reptiles, visitors can see all that springtime in Gatlinburg can offer in the most intimate way possible! Add in a public photography contest, and you get an incredible event that’s perfect for all ages!
But, for those who wish to go their own way, the awe inspiring nature of this beautiful little town is all around. All one has to do is step outside their doorway and see what mother nature can really do. Trust us; the beauty of Gatlinburg, Tennessee is one that can be appreciated by all, even the youngsters.
For those looking for a life changing experience that you won’t soon forget, springtime in Gatlinburg is a must!
Author Mike Olsen