Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage.jpg

Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Smoky Mountains

The annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Gatlinburg, TN is truly an experience that offers something for everyone. As winter fades and Spring begins throughout the Smokies, this event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides people access to some of the nation’s leading botanical experts as well as Appalachian wildlife experts. 

Events range from wildflower, wildlife, and human history walks, to motorcades, photographic tours, and indoor seminars. The professionally guided walks go from moderate to very strenuous hikes. The majority are less than a mile and the many indoor activities at Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg include seminars, presentations during the day and special presentations in the evenings that explore the region’s rich natural and cultural resources. The Pilgrimage began in 1951 & has been continually successful becoming an annual favorite for both local and visitor alike.

All programs are held rain or shine.  Pilgrimage headquarters is located at Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg, where participants pick up pre-registration packets, register on-site, attend evening programs, and meet for van departures.

Highlights include:

  • Guided hikes & wildflower walks
  • Edible mushroom walk
  • Black Bear & wild hog walk
  • Photography & gardening workshops
  • Scenic drives in the Smokies
  • Birding workshops and sketching
  • Butterflies of Cades Cove
  • Salamander foray
  • Nighttime bat walk & owl prowl
  • Medicinal plant walk

Where to Stay in the Smoky Mountains

If you're looking to explore the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park this Spring, the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing vacation is at one of our fabulous Smoky Mountain cabins located in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. With luxuruous cabin rentals ranging in size from 1 to 8 bedrooms, we have the perfect cabin for your next Smoky Mountain adventure getaway.