Best Spring Hikes in the Smokies
Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year here, you can’t beat the scenery of getting to see all the green leaves coming back on the trees and all the wildflowers beginning to bloom. You can still end up with some colder days so the temperature can end up feeling just right outside. This is one of the most popular times of year to visit Pigeon Forge, so we know the vacation planning can become overwhelming, even when it just comes to trying to figure out where to stay. Are you trying to find a place where everyone in your party can have their own space? Look no further! When you stay with us at Cedar Lodge, we offer beautiful two and three bedroom condos for everyone in your party to enjoy. With plenty of space for everyone and a gorgeous river view from your private balcony, this is bound to become your new spot every time you come into town. Another perk of staying with us is that you actually get FREE TICKETS to a bunch of popular shows and attractions in the area, saving you over $275 a day! You’ll definitely want to take advantage of those after your busy day out on the trails. Hiking is one of the most popular things to do here, especially during the spring. If this is what you’re specifically coming here to do, then you won’t be disappointed at all when you see the amazing scenery. Let’s take a look at some of the Best Spring Hikes in the Smokies!
- Bradley Fork Trail – The best part of this trail is that the flowers starting to bloom begins early! Here you will be able to see hepaticas, violets, and foam flower during the earlier months. Wild strawberry, canadian violets, and vasey’s trillium can also be seen during the summer months. It’s absolutely beautiful out on this trail and I can guarantee that it’ll be added into your top five favorite spring hikes once you’ve experienced it for yourself.
- Chestnut Top – The first thing that begins to bloom on this serene trail are Spring Beauties followed by a gorgeous array of wildflowers like white and yellow trilliums, violets, hepaticas, fire pinks, and bloodroots. If you want to see some truly beautiful spring scenery, this is the best trail for you. You don’t even have to walk far to see them, and the colors dancing around in the wind are something magical to be seen.
- Little River Trail – The absolute best time to actually hike this trail is between the middle of March and April if you’re really wanting to see the wildflowers blooming in all their glory. What should you expect to see? How about some spring beauties, hepaticas, yellow trilliums, and canadian violets and even umbrella leaf! This is my favorite trail to hike in the beginning of spring because you can beat the crowds and see all the beauty starting early.
- Porters Creek Trail – This is my all time favorite spring trail. From late March through all of April, you can see hepaticas, violets, and white trillium. As the season progresses, so do the beautiful wildflowers that bloom here. As early as April, you may also begin seeing yellow trillium, map-apple, wild geranium, dwarf ginseng, blue phlox, baneberry, and even woodland bluets! Make sure to have your camera ready to see all this beauty in one truly divine place.
- Rich Mountain Loop – Located in Cades Cove, this trail offers a beautiful look at freshly blooming mountain laurel, flame azalea, purple phacelia, violets, wild geranium, and even yellow ragwort! Cades Cove is one of the most popular destinations in the Smokies, so if you’re heading that way, you won’t want to miss out on this special trail, we promise!
- Schoolhouse Gap – If you’re truly looking for a wide variety of wildflowers to see while you’re out on a hike, then this trail was made for you. Along this trail, you will find virginia bluebells, golden aster, pink lady’s slippers, fairy wand, sun drops, red clover, yellow ragwort, and much, much more! This is one of the most gorgeous trails to hike during this amazing time of year, get ready to get lost in nature when you visit this site. You won’t want to leave.
- Gregory Bald – If you’re a big fan of azaleas then this trail is just the one for you. This is actually a very special trail for numerous reasons. The main reason is that the azaleas that bloom here are so unbelievably unique and something that isn’t seen everyday, so much so that they’re actually called hybrids. They’ve had samples collected of them and everything to see how they’re being created. If you’re a lover of nature and hiking in general, you won’t want to miss this wonderful trail!
- Kanati Fork – This is another trail that is good to hike early in March because you’ll be beating the crowds and still getting to see some color. Yellow violets begin blooming in early March and then once April hits, you’ll see painted trillium, canadian violets, vasey’s trillium, and even Northern white violets. The absolute best time to visit is in April, so make sure to add it to your list this Spring.
- Andrews Bald – This is one of the most popular hikes in the Smokies and it’s for good reason! It’s a family friendly trail which makes it extremely desired by visitors from all over the world. While on this trail, you’ll be able to see flame azalea and even purple-fringed orchids. It’s one of my all time favorite hikes to go on, so I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!
We hope you enjoyed this insider’s look at the Best Spring Hikes in the Smokies! Hopefully this gave you a fantastic idea about all the hikes you won’t want to miss when you come here during one of the best seasons of the year. Getting so see the wildflowers starting to bloom amongst our beautiful rolling hills is a memory that you will truly never forget. You can’t beat the scenery especially during the springtime. The best part is, a lot of them are family friendly so you can make memories with your loved ones that will last a lifetime! So what are you waiting for? Book your Spring Vacation now or give us a call at 1.877.412.3327 and we’d be happy to help you find the perfect condo for your stay. Don’t forget to also check out our Lodging Specials. Come and join our family here at Cedar Lodge, we would love to have you! We hope that you’re able to visit some of the Best Spring Hikes in the Smokies when you come to town, you are sure to fall in love with each and everyone one of them! Don’t forget to check out one of our past blogs about Where to View Wildflowers as well so you have even more information about these popular trails.