Spectacular Spots for Finding Wildflowers In Tennessee This Spring

March 8, 2022  |  Permalink

Spring flowers are in full display in many of our parks and natural areas during April and May. Here are a few of State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath's favorite places to enjoy them and some suggestions on where to spend the night.

Standing Stone State Park

Walk the Lake Trail or the paved road upstream of Overton Lodge at Standing Stone State Park to enjoy a wonderful and easily accessible display. Book one of the WPA-constructed rustic cabins that recently received complete kitchen and bathroom upgrades, along with new windows, sleek appliances, and comfortable furnishings.

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Short Springs State Natural Area

The area below Machine Falls at Short Springs State Natural Area has one of the most diverse and abundant wildflower displays anywhere. Book a cabin or campsite by the lake at Tims Ford State Park, 30 minutes south of Short Springs State Natural Area.

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Frozen Head State Park

Just about any trail at Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area is good for wildflowers during Spring. Frozen Head offers three camping experiences including rustic camping at Big Cove Campground, primitive camping at Flat Fork Campground, and backcountry camping at one of nine sites.

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Norris Dam State Park

The TVA River Bluff Trail near Norris Dam State Park is a great area for observing a large variety of wildflowers in a small area. The park even offers guided wildflower hikes during late March and early April. Check out the park's upcoming events calendar for more information. Cabins and campsites are available for overnight stays.

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Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail

Black Mountain section of the Cumberland Trail is a great spot for wildflower viewing and usually a few days later to bloom than the others mentioned. Cumberland Mountain State Park, located 15 minutes from Black Mountain, offers cabins to accommodate groups of all sizes and a campground.

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Roan Mountain State Park

The lowers slopes of many trails at Roan Mountain State Park have a great display. Roan Mountain offers cozy cabins and peaceful campsites by the Doe River.

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South Cumberland State Park

Hike the strenuous Collins Gulf Trail at South Cumberland’s Savage Gulf State Natural Area for a memorable display and spectacular scenery such as waterfalls. South Cumberland State Park offers primitive campsites at the Foster Falls Campground and a variety of backcountry sites.

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Take the Wildflower Challenge

As you enjoy our parks this spring, we challenge you to look closer and get to know the blooms you see. We've put together a list of 15 wildflowers and flowering shrubs that you can find in our parks this season. We've also listed parks where these flowers have been spotted before to guide your search. Take the wildflower challenge and try to find them all this spring!

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