Smoky Mountain Trails' Wild Flowers
By Noah Baines
April 8, 2016
April is prime time for taking in the stunning scenery of wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains. Trails such as Cove Hardwood, Chimney Tops and Grotto Falls have an impressive display of wildflowers. These popular hikes are no more than 2 miles, which make them a perfect adventure anyone.
Chimney Tops is a great wildflower expedition, with a short 2 mile climb up the steep elevation of 4800 feet. On the way to this impressive summit, wildflowers such as trilliums and hepaticas are found during the spring; Joe-Pye weeds, bee-balms and jewelweeds grow in the summer. This variety of wildflowers make the journey well worth it.
Grotto Falls is a 1.3 mile hike to a 25 foot high waterfall. In the spring, there are white and yellow trilliums, white violets, stitchworts, squawcorns and Dutchman's breeches. These flowers add color to this amazing hike.
These trails are just 3 out of 80 that hikers can find in the Smokies. These three hikes are fairly moderate and provide flowers for everyone to enjoy looking at. These flowers may look great in their natural habitat, but do not pick them! Leave them be for other to enjoy year after year.