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Spring Wildflowers Beginning to Show Off

Redbuds in bloom spring

According to the Great Smoky Mountains Association, we should be seeing early wildflowers in the last half of March.  Their experts advise being on the lookout for trailing arbutus, star chickweed, sharp-lobed hepatica, spring-beauty, and some of the violets.  

The best early spring wildflower trail in the park is Chestnut Top, which begins at the Townsend “Y,” just a mile into the park from Townsend  Other good trails include Bradley Fork (starts in Smokemont Campground) and Porters Creek (in the Greenbrier area near Buckhorn Inn).  Little River Road will be a great for viewing the magenta flowers of Redbud trees.