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.
Gardens of Sunshine Hollow
Beautiful gardens & forest welcome the visitor. Over 1,000 varieties of daylilies, dahlias, roses, hosta, iris, perennials, annuals, shrubs & trees & hundreds of hanging baskets and planters. ...more
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Founded in 1976 by Hugo and Margaret Dixon, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a fine art museum and public garden distinguished by its diverse and innovative programs in the arts and horticulture. The Dixon features a permanent collection of over 2,000 objects, including French and American Impressionist paintings and significant holdings of German and English porcelain. ...more
The University of Tennessee Arboretum
The Arboretum is a project of the University of Tennessee Forest Resources Research and Education Center. It generally hosts more than 30,000 visitors annually. ...more
Top Secret Trail
Top Secret is waiting for you: a trail of secrets hidden among the scenic wilds of the Upper Cumberland Plateau. Immerse yourself in early Knoxville history by touring Blount Mansion, James White Fort and Bleak House, General Longstreet’s 1863 Battle of Knoxville headquarters. ...more
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Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness Area
Virgin Falls is a 1,157-acre natural area located adjacent to the Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness in White County. The natural area is named for Virgin Falls, which is formed by an underground stream that emerges from a cave, then drops over a 110-foot high cliff before disappearing into another cave at the bottom of the sink. ...more
Walker Branch Natural Area
Walker Branch is a 225-acre natural area located just miles south of Savannah in Hardin County. The property was purchased with wetland acquisition funds by TWRA who cooperatively manages the site with the Natural Areas Program. ...more
White Lightning Trail
The White Lightning Trail is waiting for you: a picturesque drive through the fertile valleys and rustic charm of the Tennessee hills. After leaving the city limits, you’ll pass through the Great Smoky Mountains into historic country music — Maynardville — home to country music greats like Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff. ...more
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