2017 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Great Smoky Mountains set for April 11-15, 2017 in Gatlinburg | May We See in Spring New Shades of Green We’ve Never Seen Before!

Many have asked if the wildfires would prevent the 67th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains and the answer is no way! The popular event is scheduled for April 11-15, 2017 in Gatlinburg. Several trails were affected by the fires and the event planners are currently making adjustments to some of the outdoor programs. Registration for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage will begin on March 1, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

2017 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Great Smoky Mountains set for April 11-15, 2017

The 67th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains is a four-day special event that offers 100+ guided walks and indoor presentations that explore the Smokies’ lush, natural environments at one of the best times of year!

Guided walks and hikes are led by naturalists and National Park staff allowing participants to view first-hand the awe-inspiring beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and learn more about the most biologically-diverse place on planet Earth! Indoor sessions take place at Mills Conference Center at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. This is an excellent opportunity to learn all about the wonders of the Smokies in springtime! There will be programs on wildflowers, trees, mosses, fungi, butterflies, bugs, birds, bears, cultural heritage, and more!

Registration is required for the 67th Annual Spring Wildflower Pigrimage in the Smoky Mountains either online at www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org or onsite at Mills Conference Center at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Follow the Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage on Facebook.

Fire reminds us that nature is not static.  Ecosystems are processes, constantly changing from one state to another, with an ever-changing cast of characters fulfilling the vital roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers.  No matter how much we want it to, not even rock stays the same, eventually broken down by wind and water, tree roots or lichen.  Trying to keep things exactly the same is just a waste of time. Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.

We’re looking forward to seeing what new wonders the spring season will bring to the Smokies following last year’s wildfires. As a resilient Gatlinburg resident has said, “May we see in Spring new shades of green we’ve never seen before.” Join us for the 67th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Smoky Mountains in April 2017!

In the meantime, take a peek at some beautiful Smoky Mountain wildflowers as filmed in the Greenbrier section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and an area just outside the park!

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