Springtime In The Smoky Mountains
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Author Name: Bennie McCann
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Copyright Date: 2008
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Springtime In The Smoky Mountains
By Bennie McCann © 2008, All Rights Reserved
The signs of spring are everywhere! Longer days, warmer
temperatures, and flowers peeking from the ground are
unmistakable indications everyone looks for this time of year.
As spring fever spreads like an epidemic, the urge to bolt from
our houses and do something outside seems overwhelming.
A trip to the Smoky Mountains is the perfect outlet for those
itching to break free from long underwear and parkas. Say
goodbye to Old Man Winter and welcome Mother Nature with these
Mother Nature Shows Off Her Beauty
If you like flowers, then the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park is the place for you. The park is home to over 1500
varieties of flowers, with over 300 classified as rare. Spring
flowers typically bloom from late March through mid May. Some
of the beauties you'll find include trillium, birdfoot violets,
jack-in-the-pulpits, dutchman britches, purple phacalia and
The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is an annual seven-day event
includes natural history walks, motorcades, and photographic
tours as well as art classes and seminars. What a great way to
see and learn more about the breathtaking flowers of spring.
Rather get out on your own? Take advantage of the vast number
of hiking trails the Smoky Mountains have to offer. It doesn't
matter if you're an experienced hiker looking for an all-day
trek or if your pace is more of a leisurely stroll. With almost
800 miles of hiking trails, you'll find trails that lead through
the gorgeous spread of wildflowers no matter what your speed.
When you truly want to commune with nature, rent a cabin during
your visit. Instead of a hotel room surrounded with buildings
and asphalt, rent a cabin in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge and
surround yourself with the wonder of nature. Whichever way you
choose to view the scenery, make sure you bring your camera.
According to photographer David Middleton, "The Smokies are the
best place in the east to photograph spring - wildflowers,
dogwoods, rushing streams and mountain scenes."
Wildlife In The Park
The Smoky Mountains not only contain a wonderful array of
wildflowers, they also provide a home for many different types
of wildlife. More than 65 species of mammals live here
including red and gray squirrels, chipmunks, woodchucks,
raccoons, opossums and deer. The animal that most often reminds
people of the Smokies, however, is the black bear. There are
approximately 500-600 bears in the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. Late March or early April is the time when most
females and their cubs begin to emerge from winter dens.
Birds are also abundant in the Smokies. Roughly 230 species can
be found in these mountains. Some of those commonly seen are
juneos, mourning doves, chimney swifts, barn swallows, blue
jays, cardinals and chickadees. Hawks and eagles can also be
found here and in late March you'll begin to hear the first
peeps of the songbirds.
Overcome your case of spring fever with a good dose of outdoor
adventure. Pack your camera and binoculars and head for the
Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you crave peaceful beauty or an
exciting excursion you'll find just what you're looking for in
Bennie McCann is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals
specializing in Smoky Mountain rental cabins in Gatlinburg and
Pigeon Forge, TN. Visit them today at
http://www.volunteercabinrentals.com to book cabins for
weddings, vacations, reunions and other special events.