Chestnut Top Wildflowers

Townsend, Tennessee

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The first 0.5 mile of Chestnut Top Trail provides possibly the finest spring wildflower show of any trail in the Smokies of comparable distance. Considering that the Smokies have perhaps the greatest flowering display in the country, that’s a bold statement. Hike the trail in the middle of April and see for yourself. There are trilliums, waterleaf, violets, dwarf iris, spring beauty, squawroot, anemone, toothwort, bloodroot, jack-in-the-pulpit, hepatica, false Solomon’s seal, fire pink, cancer root, purple phacelia, wild ginger—and that’s just a warm-up! The flowering display continues somewhat throughout the spring and summer and even into autumn, but try to make this hike in April if possible.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

The first 0.5 mile of Chestnut Top Trail provides possibly the finest spring wildflower show of any trail in the Smokies of comparable distance. Considering that the Smokies have perhaps the greatest flowering display in the country, that’s a bold statement.

Hike the trail in the middle of April and see for yourself. There are trilliums, waterleaf, violets, dwarf iris, spring beauty, squawroot, anemone, toothwort, bloodroot, jack-in-the-pulpit, hepatica, false Solomon’s seal, fire pink, cancer root, purple phacelia, wild ginger—and that’s just a warm-up! The flowering display continues somewhat throughout the spring and summer and even into autumn, but try to make this hike in April if possible.

© 2013 Kevin Adams/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Townsend
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 45 mins
Season: Best in April
Features: Wildflowers
Local Maps: Wear Cove USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #316 Cades Cove Elkmont
Driving Directions: Directions to Chestnut Top Wildflowers

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