Gardens & Meadows
Tennessee has one of the most eclectic collections of distinct habitats in the world. Learn about the wildflowers, forests and other flora that carpet our area.
Year round, the hills of Tennessee reveal amazing flora. From vibrant wildflowers that carpet the hillsides in the spring to the brilliant red, yellow and orange of the changing autumn leaves, Tennessee is a bouquet for the senses.
Walk through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see the rhododendron that paint the trails with color. In spring, wildflowers such as trillium, lady’s slipper, and jack-in-the-pulpit will cover these areas in brilliant shades of pink, white and purple. Don't feel like trekking on the trail? Experience Tennessee's spectacular floral diversity at one of the botanical gardens located throughout the state. Cheekwood Botanical Garden, well worth a visit, appears on the top five gardens list for Southern Living. Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden offers more than 300 acres of botanical bliss, while the University of Tennessee Botanical Gardens provide the perfect location for an afternoon picnic surrounded by Tennessee's most breathtaking floral varieties.
From the wild beauty that adorns the mountainside to the beautiful gardens that showcase its floral diversity, Tennessee is blooming with opportunity for every botanical enthusiast.
Gardens of Sunshine Hollow
Beautiful gardens & forest welcome the visitor. Over 1,000 varieties of daylilies, dahlias, roses, hosta, iris, perennials, annuals, shrubs & trees & hundreds of hanging baskets and planters. ...more
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Founded in 1976 by Hugo and Margaret Dixon, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a fine art museum and public garden distinguished by its diverse and innovative programs in the arts and horticulture. The Dixon features a permanent collection of over 2,000 objects, including French and American Impressionist paintings and significant holdings of German and English porcelain. ...more
The University of Tennessee Arboretum
The Arboretum is a project of the University of Tennessee Forest Resources Research and Education Center. It generally hosts more than 30,000 visitors annually. ...more
Top Secret Trail
Top Secret is waiting for you: a trail of secrets hidden among the scenic wilds of the Upper Cumberland Plateau. Immerse yourself in early Knoxville history by touring Blount Mansion, James White Fort and Bleak House, General Longstreet’s 1863 Battle of Knoxville headquarters. ...more
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Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness Area
Virgin Falls is a 1,157-acre natural area located adjacent to the Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness in White County. The natural area is named for Virgin Falls, which is formed by an underground stream that emerges from a cave, then drops over a 110-foot high cliff before disappearing into another cave at the bottom of the sink. ...more
Walker Branch Natural Area
Walker Branch is a 225-acre natural area located just miles south of Savannah in Hardin County. The property was purchased with wetland acquisition funds by TWRA who cooperatively manages the site with the Natural Areas Program. ...more
White Lightning Trail
The White Lightning Trail is waiting for you: a picturesque drive through the fertile valleys and rustic charm of the Tennessee hills. After leaving the city limits, you’ll pass through the Great Smoky Mountains into historic country music — Maynardville — home to country music greats like Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff. ...more
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