Tennessee March 19, 2019
The 8 Best And Most Beautiful Places To See Wildflowers In Tennessee This Spring
When it comes to natural beauty, Tennessee has it all. And while most folks think first of East Tennessee’s towering, cloud-covered mountains or the staggering waterfalls of the Cumberland Plateau, the wildflowers found throughout the state are some of the most beautiful in the world and should not be overlooked. We’ve found some of the best spots in the state for viewing these beauties, so be sure to visit them all before they disappear this year.
1. South Cumberland State Park
South Cumberland State Park is actually ten different areas over four counties on the top of the Cumberland Plateau near Monteagle. Each area highlights the best scenery in the state, including beautiful wildflower displays every Spring and Summer.
2. Roan Mountain
Roan Mountain in Northeast Tennessee is known for being home of the largest natural rhododendron garden in the world. They typically bloom in full force in June, which is also when you can attend the local Rhododendron Festival.
3. Shelby Bottoms
East Nashville's favorite park, Shelby Bottoms hugs the Cumberland River along the east side of East Nashville and has plenty of wildflower and natural grass fields that are the perfect oasis in the big city.
4. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
There are plenty of reasons why Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, but the wildflowers are probably the most underrated reason. A quick drive through Cades Cove in the spring will give you a memory you'll never forget.
5. Andrews Bald
Andrews Bald sits atop the Great Smokies at nearly 6000 feet above sea level, but while it's not the highest peak in the park, it is the highest grassy area in the park, offering absolutely stunning vistas that are rife with wildflowers.
6. Memphis Botanic Garden
The Memphis Botanic Garden is another great example of a wildflower oasis in the middle of the big city. The garden does have an entry fee, but it's open to the public year-round, and it's well worth the visit.
7. Overton Park
Overton Park in the heart of Memphis is home to one of the only remaining old growth forests in Tennessee, and this natural ecosystem is home to hundreds and hundreds of native Tennessee wildflowers. Visit the Memphis Zoo or the Brooks Museum of Art while you're at the park.
8. Taylor Hollow State Natural Area
One of the most underrated natural attractions in the state, Taylor Hollow touts itself as one of the last remaining undisturbed forests in Tennessee, and of course that means the forest floor is covered with wildflowers. The 2.5 mile trail that winds through the park is the perfect way to take it all in. The land is privately owned, so you need to contact the
Tennessee Nature Conservancy
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