Smoky Mountain Strawberry Moon, when and where to view it!
Smoky Mountain Strawberry Moon will be viewable Monday, June 17, 2019. The name Strawberry Moon was universally used by the Algonquin native Americans for generations. In Europe this moon is referred to as the Rose Moon.
Native Americans gave this name to June’s full moon to mark the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries. Strawberries were a seasonal food source for the Algonquin as well as their neighbors to the South, the Cherokee. White settlers kept the name in the vernacular. The cultivation of strawberries has become a multi-million dollar industry that is enjoyed by thousands of people world wide. Could you imagine if they were only available during a few weeks of June?
Some of our favorite places to view a full moon in the Smoky Mountains are:
Clingmans Dome – The parking lot alone is over 6,000′ above sea level so even if you don’t hike the 1/2 mile paved trail to the observation tower the view is still amazing!
Look Rock – This observation tower is easily accessible via the foothills parkway. It affords great views of the Smoky Mountains but also of Maryville and Knoxville, Tennessee to the north. If you have never watched the lights of a city like Knoxville pop on from a mountain top this option is for you!
Mount LeConte – Mount LeConte is the tallest mountain in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 6,594′ above sea level offering fantastic views of full moons, sunrises and sunsets. Getting there is tough so be sure and check out our great blog on our favorite LeConte hikes.
Mount Cammerer – The historic fire lookout high above the Cosby community is a tough hike but well worth the effort! With almost a 360 degree unobstructed view of East Tennessee you will not be disappointed.
No matter where you choose to view the Strawberry Moon this June be sure and send us some pics for our social media so all of HeySmokies fans can experience it with you!