One of the highlights of the spring season in the Smoky Mountains is the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, a celebration of the region’s rich natural and cultural resources. This annual event features professionally guided walks, exhibits and other learning opportunities to find out more about trees and shrubs, medicinal plants, mammals, insects and of course, wildflowers! Here are the top 4 things you need to know about attending the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage:
1. What to Expect
The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage takes place in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the end of April and features a variety of fascinating programs that you can attend. In addition to exploring the national park, you can also join programs about journaling, photography, and park history. The event is extremely popular and draws pilgrims from across the globe! In addition to the various programs, there are evening speakers that address a variety of fascinating topics and scenic hikes that you can explore with a group.
2. Registration Information
You can register for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage online or register in person at the Sugarlands Visitor Center starting the day before the event. Due to high demand, it’s expected that all walks will sell out prior to the starting date. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you register online to avoid disappointment! Once you have registered for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, you will receive a badge in the mail. You can also use your confirmation email to pick up a badge at the Registration Desk at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
3. Program Availability
There are nearly 200 programs as part of the event, so check out the official Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage program to find those specific programs that interest you! Some of the hiking and interactive programs include the Wildflower and Wildfire Walk at the Chimney Tops, Edible Mushroom Walk at Chimneys Picnic Area, Wildflower Hike at Kanati Fork Trail and dozens more! You can also enjoy unique programs such as Birding on Cades Cove Loop Trail, Nature Journaling at Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area and a Yoga Class at Walker Sisters Cabin! As you can see, the range of programs is incredible diverse and there is something to appeal to everyone!
4. Where to Stay
One of the most important things about attending the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is finding a comfortable and affordable place to stay, so look no further than the Black Bear Inn & Suites! Our beautiful hotel in downtown Gatlinburg is conveniently located on the Parkway! However, it is also just 200 yards from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park! We have a wide variety of room types for couples or families. While staying with us, you can take advantage of many excellent amenities! You can enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast, an indoor swimming pool and free WiFi!
Check out all of the rooms at our hotel in Gatlinburg TN today to plan your stay near the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage! We look forward to seeing you soon at the Black Bear Inn & Suites!