The Smoky Mountain region has become synonymous with an outdoor oasis and has been hailed as a favorite vacation destination for many generations. Unique wildlife abounds in every corner of this picturesque region. Lush foliage, steamy mountain peaks, and a rich cabin scene make summer in the Smokies a top contender when thinking about your vacation plans.
In addition to all the outdoor activity you’ll experience during a Smoky Mountain vacation, you’d be remiss to overlook the area’s abundant wildflower blossoms. The park boasts over 1,500 species of wildflowers, earning it the nickname “Wildflower National Park” on occasion. Summer is the best season for wildflower sightings, and seeing these blooms in full force is a sight to behold. Complete with a hefty mountain backdrop, these fields of flowers are something you’ll always remember. If you’re spending this summer in the Smokies, make sure to check out these fabulous wildflower photo ops.
This space is absolutely Instagram-worthy. This mountain meadow sits along the famous Appalachian Trail and is well-known for its grassy terrain and tree coverage. However, beneath the foliage you’ll find acres of mountain laurel and a stretch of pink and white wildflowers. The small overnight shack along the trail offers a great spot to snap a photo or have a picnic while soaking up the wildflower views!
Porters Creek Trail
Your Smoky Mountain vacation wouldn’t be complete without a hike along Porters Creek Trail. This moderately difficult four mile loop is serene and offers glimpses of popular wildflowers like yellow trillium, wild geranium, woodland bluets, and Jack-in-the-Pulpits. In addition to the wildflower sightings, this trail is particularly diverse. You’ll stumble upon an old cemetery, historic building remains, and a few babbling creeks. The hike culminates with access to a 40 foot cascading waterfall. Summer in the Smokies has never been better!
Bradley Fork Trail
This interesting trail contains a large variety of wildflowers. Visitors will enjoy hepaticas and violets in the early spring months. As the season progresses, a few more varieties make an appearance, including anemone, trillium, and crested dwarf iris. Wild strawberries are also in the mix during the summer months. As the elevation increases on this trail, still more wildflower varieties begin to bloom. This trail is exceptionally diverse and one you won’t want to miss during your visit.
Need a Place to Land After a Long Day?
While hiking and wildflowers are a great way to spend your Smoky Mountain vacation, you also need a place to unwind and relax. Diamond Mountain Rentals has a variety of spacious vacation homes that will do the trick! Located close to many of the wildflower trails and the bustle of downtown Gatlinburg, our rentals provide both comfort and convenience for your time off. Cabins book fast this time of year so call and reserve yours today!