Spring has officially sprung, and around this time of year at the Ramada of Pigeon Forge, we get a lot of folks who flock from all over the country who've come to see the great Spring wildflowers of the Smokies. Known for their lush beauty and majestic nature, there are over 1,500 flowers that call the mountains home. If you're planning a wildflower expedition yourself, we've got a few tips for you! Here are some of the best flowers and where to find them.
Early spring is a perfect time to catch the Bloodroot - short in stature and and surrounded by white petals, this flower is a pretty common sighting throughout the park - especially at lower elevations. The root emits a deep-red sap, hence the name. The Crested Dwarf Iris is a beautiful spring flower, deep purple in hue and with yellow crests. You can find these at mid and low elevations.
It's unlikely that you won't run into our next friend, the Dutchman's Bridges, which is incredibly common all throughout the park. This unique yellow flower sprouts up and droops downward, such that it looks like a pair of pants hanging on a clothesline. Another common and interesting flower you'll see in the early spring is the Jack-in-the-Pulpit. This interesting specimen forms a canopy over itself.
It's hard to keep track of all the incredible wildlife that inhabits the park, but the National Park Service does a great job. Head over to their website for more on spring wildflowers. We're looking forward to having you here at the Ramada!