One of the amazing things about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is how its beauty changes from season to season. It is at its busiest in the summer for its crisp mountain air and myriad of outdoor activities and in autumn as the colors change. Winter in the Smokies bring snow and low-hanging mist, but spring in the Smokies is when the park first comes alive after the colder months.
You will not have to look hard for Smoky Mountain photo ops to capture the beautiful colors of spring, but below are three suggestions to get you started. Make your base camp at one of cabins in Gatlinburg and stay on the doorstep of the Smokies.
Spring in the Smokies Means Wildflowers
One of the best places in the national park for wildflowers is also one of the most accessible. Plan a stroll along the three-quarter mile long Cove Hardwood Nature Trail and see some of the best spring colors in the area. The wildflowers start blooming in March and continue for several months. In early spring, you can spot trout-lilies, yellow trillium, and Dutchman’s breeches, while Solomon’s Seal appears in May.
The Smoky Mountains have the widest diversity of plants in North America, including more than 300 rare species. Although Cove Hardwood Nature Trail is great for stretching your legs, there are more than 800 miles of trails in the Smokies, many of which are great for wildflowers. One of many options, Husky Gap is a little-known haven for wildflowers. Or, you can choose your favorite from this list.
Smoky Mountain Photo Ops Include Amazing Panoramas
Another easy way for the whole family or those with limited mobility to enjoy spring in the Smokies is on the Foothills Parkway. After a number of terrible storms and the 2017 wildfire destroyed sections of the parkway, repairs were completed last December and the parkway is the longest it has ever been.
Easily accessed from Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, the Foothills Parkway now runs for 33 miles of jaw-dropping views. As you ascend, there will be various turnoffs, which continue along the length of the parkway. Pull off to the western side and enjoy panoramic views of Maryville and the foothills. On the other side of the road are some amazing Smoky Mountain photo ops of the park ablaze in the greens of new growth and the blossoms of spring.
Enjoy Smoky Mountain Photo Ops from Your Back Porch
Gatlinburg is known as the Gateway to the Smokies, so if you are look for Smoky Mountain photo ops, staying nearby will help you to enjoy your stay even more. Many even have panoramas from the back deck!
We have a variety of cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge that are great for everything from a romantic couples’ getaway to a big group of hikers. After a day enjoying nature, you can look forward to enjoying a long soak in a hot tub or propping your feet up in front of a crackling fire. Plus, everyone who stays the night receives a free pancake breakfast at Reagan’s House of Pancakes!