Tennessee April 05, 2019
These 7 Magical Tennessee Trails Are Known For Beautiful Wildflowers
It’s springtime in Tennessee again, and that means it’s time for the state’s plethora of wildflowers to burst out in full bloom. From trillium to azaleas to rhododendrons, there’s something blooming all spring long. Now is the time to go check them out before you miss them for the year, and we’ve compiled a list of the best trails you can use to see the wildflowers in their natural beauty. Check it out!
1. Rocky Top Trail
The trail to Rocky Top from East Tennessee's famous Cades Cove is long but extremely rewarding. Along the 12.8 mile out-and-back, you'll cross the Appalachian Trail and see some of the most stunning views and wildflowers the park has to offer.
2. Shelby Bottoms Greenway
Located in East Nashville, Shelby Bottoms Greenway stretches along the banks of the Cumberland River, showing off some of Middle Tennessee's most beautiful natural areas. Of course, these include stunning wildflower fields, which are otherwise hard to find in the big city.
3. Roan Mountain Gardens Trail
Roan Mountain is known for being the largest patch of wild rhododendrons in the world, and they come to life every May. Take the garden trail that takes you through the thick and beautiful bushes along the mountainside.
4. Porters Creek Trail
Another gem of the Great Smoky Mountains, Porters Creek Trail is especially perfect for wildflowers because it's a relatively low-traffic trail in the park. If you make it to the end of the trail a few miles out, you'll be rewarded with a view of the beautiful Fern Branch Falls as well.
5. Memphis Botanic Garden
For another dose of city flowers, check out the Memphis Botanic Garden, full of 31 individual and unique gardens that show off both the best of Tennessee's natural flora and exotic plants from around the world.
6. Mossy Ridge Trail
Located in Nashville's stunning and immense Percy Warner Park, the Mossy Ridge Trail is one of the best ways to experience nature in Music City. The secluded park has all kinds of wildflowers tucked in the hills and glades around every corner of the trails.
7. Shelby Farms
Last but not least, just outside of the city of Memphis, is Shelby Farms. This massive park (also home to a herd of buffalo!) has some of the best opportunities to escape the city and get rejuvenated by the natural beauty throughout the park.
For another great way to see the Tennessee countryside, check out
this wine and dinner train now boarding in Chattanooga.