"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."