Soon winter will fade to spring and the region of the Smoky Mountains will start to bloom with vibrant colors of the season. Celebrate the beauty of spring by attending the 67th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, hosted by The Great Smoky Mountains Association. Join the pilgrimage April 11-15, 2017, for a variety of botanical and wildlife programs.
Attendees can look forward to upwards of 150 programs during the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. The event, which began in 1951, will feature instructional walks and guided hiking tours. These are tailored to meet individual walking ability. These tours showcase the abundant varieties of wildflowers, plants, ferns, mosses, trees and shrubs, as well as birds, reptiles and amphibians, all native to the Great Smoky Mountains. In addition, there are demonstrations, guest lecturers, and a photography contest during the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. Flora, Fauna and Landscape categories as well as a youth division will be open to the public.
The event’s focus is on the great outdoors. As a result, most programs are held outside in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. However, a number of educational sessions and evening entertainment will take place in the W.L. Mills Conference Center and Sugarlands Visitor Center. The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is the perfect way to connect with nature and experience all the glorious beauty of the Smoky Mountains. For a full list of all programs, with starting points, walking distances, hiking difficulties and registration limits, click here.
Need a place to stay during this special event? Bearskin Lodge on the River and Historic Gatlinburg Inn are both convenient, budget-friendly options that will put you in the heart of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Reserve your rooms today for the guaranteed lowest rates available.
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