There is nothing quite like Spring-time in the Great Smoky Mountains. As the days lengthen and the ground warms, like reawakens on the steep slopes and on the forest floor.
The show starts in March and continues into July. Depending on the species and elevation, one can discover various blooming plants and shrubs throughout the park.
Some of the flowers are large and ostentatious, while others are miniscule and reticent. Many varieties bloom profusely but others might only offer a glimpse to a very observant eye.
Half of the fun is making your own discoveries while exploring the different ecosystems of the park.
Keep in mind that this is also the time of year when reptiles and bears awake from their Winter naps so always stay alert and exercise caution, especially in the more remote areas.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located in Tennessee and North Carolina.