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Top 5 Reasons to Look Forward to Spring in the Smoky Mountains

Top 5 Reasons to Look Forward to Spring in the Smoky Mountains

If you are feeling the winter blues, you can take comfort knowing that spring is right around the corner! In fact, this is the perfect time to make your plans to experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains with a spring vacation. Whether you have time for a weekend getaway or an entire week in the Smokies, you won’t want to miss this spectacular time of year! Here are the top 5 reasons to look forward to spring in the Smoky Mountains:

1. Beautiful Weather

Trail going through wildflowers in the smoky mountainsThe spring season in the Smoky Mountains brings some of the most beautiful weather of the year! The weather is usually mild by mid-April, with daytime temperatures often reaching the 70s and sometimes even the 80s. These comfortable temperatures are ideal for outdoor activities, especially for taking scenic hikes throughout the Smokies! As a bonus, there are more hours of natural sunlight during the spring months so you have additional time to enjoy the great outdoors!

2. Blooming Wildflowers

Another wonderful thing to look forward to during spring in the Smoky Mountains is the sight of blooming wildflowers! The Smokies are famous for their wildflower diversity, and you can find more than 1,500 flowering plants throughout the area. The first group of flowers to show up for the year are the spring ephemerals, which are named because they only appear above ground in early spring before they flower, fruit, and die back within a brief 2 month period. These gorgeous flowers include 10 different species of trillium, lady slipper orchids, violets, and crested dwarf iris.

3. Fun Outdoor Recreational Activities

people zipliningThe spring is the perfect time of year to experience all of the fabulous recreational activities throughout the Smoky Mountains! Whether you enjoy hiking, fishing, or white water rafting, there is nothing quite like getting back outside after the chilly winter months! Of course, this is also a delightful season to visit all of the hiking trails, historical structures and wildlife viewing opportunities at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

4. Smoky Mountain Events

There are plenty of exciting Smoky Mountain events taking place throughout the spring months. From huge car shows in Pigeon Forge and festivals at Dollywood to spring craft shows in Gatlinburg, there is always something going on. One of the most anticipated spring events is the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, which takes place within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Be sure to register early for one of the programs as this event is very popular.

5. Greenbrier Campground Opens for the Season

blue tent next to a riverOne of the best things about spring in the Smoky Mountains is that the Greenbrier Campground opens for another season. After all, there is no better way to experience this delightful season than by staying in our campground. Our campground is set in a stunning location along the banks of the Little Pigeon River and is just a short drive to the Greenbrier entrance into the national park, where you can take advantage of miles of hiking trails. We also offer plenty of recreational equipment to enjoy on a warm spring afternoon including volleyball, corn hole, and horseshoes!

Check out all the information about our campground in the Smokies today to make your plans to experience spring in the Smoky Mountains! We can’t wait to see you this spring!