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Springtime In The Smoky Mountains

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      Article Title: Springtime In The Smoky Mountains
      Author Name: Bennie McCann


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      Category: Travel & Leisure: Vacations
      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
      fabulous activities.

      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
      showy orchids.

      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
      the Smokies!

      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.
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