To see the best color--Tennessee's wildflowers at their most vivid--take a hike, a wildflower walk or pilgrimage, or a drive. Learn our rare plants, how to identify wildflowers, our spring ephemerals.
Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park often referred to as "Wildflower National Park," a world-renowned preserve of wildflower diversity. Over 1,660 types of flowering plants are found in the park, more than any other North American national park. From early hepaticas to late-blooming asters, flowers decorate the park year-round.
Other notable Tennessee wildflower gazing opportunities are: Standing Stone State Park, Cades Cove, Abrams Falls, the Chimneys picnic area, Cove Hardwoods Nature Trail, Taylor Hollow Preserve, Percy Warner Park, Beaman Park, Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail, Edwin Warner Park, Roan Mountain Highlands, Shakerag Hollow on the Perimeter Trail at Sewanee, Noah "Bud" Ogle Nature Trail, Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Land Between the Lakes, Long Hunter State Park, Edgar Evins State Park, Frozen Head State Park, Reelfoot Lake State Park, South Cumberland Recreation Area and Cherokee National Forest.
Across the state, among our head-turning floral display, you will find: Gray's Lily, Three-leaved Cinquefoil, Dwarf Crested Iris, Purple and Fringed Phacelia, Shooting Star, Fire Pink, Celadine Poppy, Showy Orchis, Speckled Wood Lily, Pink and Yellow Lady Slipper, Painted Trillium, Creeping Phlox, Rose Verbena, Nashville Breadroot, Tennessee Milk-Vetch, White Blue-Eyed Grass, Missouri Evening Primrose, Yellow Trout Lilies, Purple Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan, Bloodroot, Bird Foot Violet, Foam Flower, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Sweet William, Wild Iris, Lily of the Valley, Mayapple, Purple Catawba, Bluebells, Joe-Pye Weed, Indian Pipe, Dutchman Breeches, Fairy Candle, Rattlesnake Orchid, White and Yellow Solomon Seal, Star of Bethlehem, Wild Ginger and many, many more breathtaking flowers.
Foster Falls Recreation Area
Experience and enjoy one of the most scenic, wildest areas in Tennessee with a visit to the Foster Falls Recreation Area. Operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Tracy City, Tennessee, this recreation area provides a safe, and beautiful base for exploring the south end of the Cumberland Plateau. ...more
Foster Falls Small Wild Area
Enjoy one of the most scenic, wild areas in Tennessee with a visit to the Foster Falls Small Wild Area. Operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Tracy City, Tennessee, this recreation area provides a safe and beautiful base for exploring the south end of the Cumberland Plateau. ...more
Frozen Head State Park
Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area is situated in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains of Eastern Tennessee near Wartburg. Frozen Head, elevation of 3,324, is one of the highest peaks in Tennessee west of the Great Smoky Mountains. ...more
Harpeth River Blueway
As a joint endeavor between the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA) and the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA), the vision of the Project is to promote recreational opportunities, safety and the preservation of natural and cultural features along the Harpeth River through the provision of canoe/kayak access sites and accompanying signage. The Harpeth River, 125 miles long with over 1000 miles of tributaries, meanders through agricultural, forested and suburban areas of six counties in the greater Nashville region until it joins the Cumberland River. ...more
The gardens are easily accessible, offering over 500 species of wild flowers in one place; as many as 180 species blooming together in the spring, from early April - early May. ...more
Henry Horton State Park
Henry Horton State Park is well known for its championship 18-hole golf course, but it also features a park inn with 65 guest rooms and 4 suites as well as 2,000 square feet of meeting space, a separate conference lodge with 3,150 square feet of meeting space, a southern style restaurant, 5 rustic cabins and 3 deluxe cabins, 72 campsites situated near the scenic Duck River and a trap and skeet range. The 1,140-acre park has three hiking trails where you may see a variety of wildlife such as wild turkey, deer and many kinds of wildflowers. ...more
Enjoy the beautiful mountain view and display gardens, as well as the 1840's home, at our nursery, located on an original 1700's landgrant farm. Shop outdoors in a garden setting. ...more
To the west of the Appalachian Plateau lies the Highland Rim, an elevated plain with steep slopes, surrounding the Central Basin, or Nashville Basin. The Nashville Basin is characterized by rich, fertile farm country. ...more
Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park
Conceived as a long-distance hiking trail, the 300-mile Cumberland Trail, the only linear park in the state, from the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Tennessee-Virginia-Kentucky border to the Signal Point near Chattanooga. The trail now is a resource for many types of recreational activities. ...more
Lichterman Nature Center
Located in the heart of metropolitan Memphis, the Center features exciting new exhibits, lush gardens featuring native wildflowers and trees, a forest boardwalk three stories high and a tradition of excellence in environmental education set in the midst of 65 acres of lake, meadow and forest. Home to a wide variety of plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals, Lichterman is an urban nature center, easily accessible to the people who need it the most, the people who live in the city. ...more
Lucius Burch Natural Area
The natural area is a remnant of historic river meanders, bald cypress-water tupelo swamps, bottomland hardwood forests, and open river channel habitat. Unfortunately, much of this ecosystem has been significantly altered as a result of change in hydrology and the invasion of common privet, an invasive exotic pest plant. ...more