Cabins USA Logo
Loading Page
(800) 583-6168
Cabins USA Availability Search Icon Availability Search Small Icon

When & Where To Find Wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains

Blog Home : Category Posts : Smoky Mountain Wildflower Guide

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is designated as an International Biosphere Preserve due to its incredible biodiversity.

There are over 1600 flowering plants in the Smoky Mountains, including 200 flowering trees and shrubs. Thanks to this incredible array of flowers, the Smoky Mountains are sometimes called "the wildflower national park."

Purple Rhodedendron

When Do Flowers Bloom in the Smoky Mountains?

If you've come to see wildflowers in the national park, you're in luck! There's a relatively wide window of opportunity to see flowers in the Smokies. From late February to September, it's possible to find beautiful wildflowers if you know where to look.

When's The Best Time To See Wildflowers in the Smokies?

In the Smoky Mountains, spring is commonly regarded as the best time to see wildflowers in the national park.

In particular, the fleeting spring ephemerals are particularly sought after in March. If you aren't in the Smokies during spring, there are some incredible sights like blooming Flame Azaleas and Turk's Cap that occur in summer.

Spring Flowers

The wildflower season begins with the spring ephemerals in March & April. These smaller flowers bloom before the trees' leave grow to take advantage of abundant sunlight on the forest floor. This includes plants like:

  • White Trillium
  • Crested Dwarf Iris
  • Columbine
  • Phacelia
  • Pink Lady Slipper Orchids
  • Purple Violets

During early spring, its possible to see the forest floor covered in beautiful purple or white flowers. Here's where to find early spring wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

  • Schoolhouse Gap Trail
  • Middle Prong Trail
  • Little River Trail
  • The Old Sugarlands Trail
  • Baskins Creek Trail
  • Porters Creek Trail

If you aren't interested in hiking, the Cades Cove Loop and the Roaring Fork Motor Trail are some lovely drives that feature lovely spring wildflowers.

Please Note: For properly timing your visit, you should know that blooms occur depending upon elevation. Wildflowers first bloom in lower elevations of the mountains, but as temperatures warm, you can see them at higher elevations.

Here's a preview of some of the flowers you can see during spring in the Great Smoky Mountains.

By May, most of the spring ephemerals have gone dormant, but you can start to see early blooms of Mayapple plants, Red Cardinal Flowers and Pink Turtleheads throughout the park.

By late spring, you may also be able to see shrubs like mountain laurel, rhododendron and flame azaleas bloom from April to June depending on elevation.

One of the best ways to find spring wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains is to register for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. This annual festival offers attendees guided tours of the mountains and special lectures on the history and ecology of the national park. This one-of-a-kind 4-day event occurs around the 3rd weekend in April.

Summer Flowers

Moving into summer, visitors to the park can look forward to a different display of wildflowers including:

  • Black-Eye Susans
  • Orange Jewelweed
  • Purple Turtlehead
  • Tall Bellflower
  • Bee Balm
  • Turk's Lily cap
  • Pale Jewelweed
  • Yellow Fringed Orchid
  • Wild Bergamot

Higher elevation areas like Newfound Gap Road feature some of the showiest wildflowers like the Orange Turk's Cap that blooms from July to September. Clingmans Dome road is another place to see beautiful wildflowers during the summer months such as Joe Pye Weed and the Green-headed Coneflower.

Some great hikes for enjoying summer flowers include:

  • The Chimney Tops Trail
  • The Forney Ridge Trail To Andrews Bald
  • The Appalachian Trail to Charlie's Bunion

One of the most spectacular sights in the national park is the bloom of the flame azaleas on Gregory Bald and Andrews Bald in June or July. Hikers can often find Rhododendron blooming at lower elevations, there are especially beautiful displays of Catawba Rhododendron on high elevation ridges in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Fall Flowers

To enjoy late summer and early fall flowers, seek out lower elevation regions of the park like Cades Cove to see yellow witch-hazel. However by this time of year, the real show-stopper are the beautiful colors of changing fall foliage.

Final Thoughts

If you're visiting Pigeon Forge in spring or summer, be sure to explore some of the incredible wildflowers of the national park.

Want to know one of the best ways to fully enjoy your trip? Here's how.

By booking a Pigeon Forge log cabin, you can enjoy top-notch amenities like hot tubs and game rooms for the same price as a hotel room. Book a multi-day cabin vacation to experience the diversity of flowering plants in the Smoky Mountains and earn a 15% discount on your log cabin!

Book Your Cabin Today!

Written by

Recent Articles

Pigeon Forge Dining: Top 5 Italian Restaurants

Top 5 Italian Restaurants in Pigeon Forge, TN

Add more flavor and zest to your next Pigeon Forge vacation by checking out our picks for the top 5 Italian restaurants in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Vacation Tips: Best Places To Get Drinks In Pigeon Forge

Top 9 Places to Get Drinks in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville

Up your Pigeon Forge vacation experience with your favorite people by checking out our picks for the top 9 places to get drinks in Pigeon Forge.
Vacation Tips: Best Family Restaurants In Pigeon Forge

Best Family Restaurants in Pigeon Forge, TN

Enjoy quality time with the family on your next vacation in Pigeon Forge by adding our picks of the best family restaurants in Pigeon Forge to your travel plans.


Fall In The Great Smoky Mountains | Pigeon Forge | Gatlinburg - Blog Post

Fall Activities

Check out the many activities to do in the fall in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Townsend, Wears Valley, and Sevierville.
Pigeon Forge Happening Now - Blog Post

Pigeon Forge Happening Now

We've got news, events, and tips to make your vacation in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains better than ever! Check
Smoky Mountain Vacation Tips - Blog Post

Smoky Mountain Vacation Tips

Tennessee Smoky Mountain vacation tips great for planning your family vacation, honeymoon or group getaway in the Smok
Smoky Mountains Blog | Whats Happening Now - Blog Post

Smoky Mountains - Happening Now

Smoky Mountains blog posts covering events before and as they happen throughout the Tennessee Smoky Mountains area. S

Please Note: Cabins USA LLC's, hereinafter referred to as Cabins USA, area information, area events, and blog pages are provided as a public service. Cabins USA does not endorse any of the products, vendors, consultants, or businesses referenced in these web pages. Any mention of vendors, products, businesses, or services on the Cabins USA web site is for informational purposes only. Users of this web site are responsible for checking the accuracy, completeness, currency and/or suitability of all information. The inclusion of this information does not imply endorsement by Cabins USA. Furthermore, specific questions regarding any content should be directed to the appropriate organization and not necessarily to Cabins USA.

Cabins USA Official Logo
star star star star star
2140 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN  37863
(865) 429-4121

VLS #157
Pigeon Forge Cabins
Guest Reservations
(800) 583-6168
2 Night Minimum

Cabins USA Help Icon
Copyright 2013-2024, Cabins USA LLC, Pigeon Forge, TN

Welcome to Cabins USA! We hope you enjoy your stay with us and look forward to helping you make incredible vacation memories. To help you navigate your Guest User account, we've provided a helpful guide to walk you through the process.

Creating an Account

Creating a guest account is as simple as submitting your email and creating a password. Keep in mind the email used to create your guest account must match the email provided on your reservation.

If a different email is on your reservation, you'll need to create a guest account with that email to manage the reservation.

When finished, an email will be sent to confirm your email address. Follow the steps in the email to complete the creation of your account.

Note: If you need to change the email address on your reservation, please contact the reservations office for further assistance.

Managing Your Account

Once your account is created, you can start managing your reservations. Your guest reservations will show as follows:

Click on the view button to get more details about each reservation. Within the reservation, you'll be able to do three things, which are:

Submit a Trouble Ticket

Click the report issue button for maintenance needs or other concerns during your stay. Briefly describe your issue, provide contact information, and submit up to 3 photos detailing your situation if applicable.

Submit Cancellation Request

This must be done before check-in and per our policies. Within the request, provide a reason for cancellation and click submit. After submitting your request, one of our reservationists must complete the cancellation process before your reservation is canceled.

Make a Payment

For future stays with a balance open, you can make credit card payments from $50 up to the total cost of the reservation.

Additional Information

If you have a future reservation and haven't completed the Express Check-In, please send your confirmation number and email used for the reservation to to request an invitation to complete the process.

After you've signed all reservation documents and paid the balance in full, you'll receive an email with your active stay information 8 hours prior to arrival, which includes the following:

Note: If the reservation documents have not been signed electronically and/or the balance has not been paid three days prior to arrival via the credit card on file, you must check in at our 2140 Parkway office. Our office hours are currently 8:00am - 10:00pm, Monday thru Sunday.

Contact Us

Didn't find the information you needed? Contact Us for further assistance with your reservation or guest account.

Thank you for choosing us for your Smoky Mountain vacation! We look forward to helping you make your dream vacation a reality!

Warm regards,

Cabins USA

Interested in receiving our newsletter? Simply provide your full name and email address in these fields to begin receiving information. By doing so, you can learn about special promotions and events in the Smoky Mountains!

We respect our customer's privacy and feel it is disrespectful to bombard anyone with emails. We treat all information that customers share with us as private and confidential. Cabins USA never shares this information with third party sites.

Arrival Date: Mandatory, select or enter date you will arrive (MM/DD/YYYY)

Nights: Mandatory, select or enter the number of Nights you will be staying with us

Promotional Code: Must enter a valid code

Optional Search Items: (Amenties, Cities, etc)
Below are several boxes in which you can either select from a drop down list or click on a check box to the left of an item to select.

Changing the contents of any drop down list or selecting/deselecting a check box will broaden or narrow the number of properties displayed by your search. You don't have to wait until the search completes to select/deselect items for your perfect search.

You must hit the SEARCH button to start your first search. It is unnecessary to hit the SEARCH button after doing your first search, unless you changed to another web page, changed the Arrival Date or number of Nights.

Add to Favorites: As you visit individual property pages or pages with listings of several properties on them, you have the option to click on the "+ Favorites" for each particular property, which automatically adds the property to your list of Favorites for consideration. The number next to the Favorites tab, left sidebar, will increase up to 99 possible Favorites. When ready, click on the Favorites tab to view a list of your selected Favorites.

Remove from Favorites: You may de-select (remove) properties from your Favorites you no longer wish to consider by either clicking on the minus icon to the right or by clicking on the "- Favorites" displayed on property list pages and each property details page for properties listed in your Favorites.

Compare Favorites: Click in the check boxes to the left of the property name, in your Favorites, you wish to compare. No more than 3 boxes may be selected at one time. When ready, hit the Compare button for a comparison of the 3 selected properties.

Follow the above "Remove from Favorites" instructions to remove a property from the comparison and your Favorites.

To add another property from your Favorites list for comparison, click the check box to the left of the property name in your Favorites and hit the Compare button.

Repeat the above steps to find your ultimate vacation accommodations. Need assistance or have questions, please give us a call so we may better serve you!

View List: Displays a full list of all your Favorites with some details.

Remove All: Clears all properties from your Favorites so you may start over.