To see the best color--Tennessee's wildflowers at their most vivid--take a hike, a wildflower walk or pilgrimage, or a drive. Learn our rare plants, how to identify wildflowers, our spring ephemerals.
Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park often referred to as "Wildflower National Park," a world-renowned preserve of wildflower diversity. Over 1,660 types of flowering plants are found in the park, more than any other North American national park. From early hepaticas to late-blooming asters, flowers decorate the park year-round.
Other notable Tennessee wildflower gazing opportunities are: Standing Stone State Park, Cades Cove, Abrams Falls, the Chimneys picnic area, Cove Hardwoods Nature Trail, Taylor Hollow Preserve, Percy Warner Park, Beaman Park, Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail, Edwin Warner Park, Roan Mountain Highlands, Shakerag Hollow on the Perimeter Trail at Sewanee, Noah "Bud" Ogle Nature Trail, Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Land Between the Lakes, Long Hunter State Park, Edgar Evins State Park, Frozen Head State Park, Reelfoot Lake State Park, South Cumberland Recreation Area and Cherokee National Forest.
Across the state, among our head-turning floral display, you will find: Gray's Lily, Three-leaved Cinquefoil, Dwarf Crested Iris, Purple and Fringed Phacelia, Shooting Star, Fire Pink, Celadine Poppy, Showy Orchis, Speckled Wood Lily, Pink and Yellow Lady Slipper, Painted Trillium, Creeping Phlox, Rose Verbena, Nashville Breadroot, Tennessee Milk-Vetch, White Blue-Eyed Grass, Missouri Evening Primrose, Yellow Trout Lilies, Purple Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan, Bloodroot, Bird Foot Violet, Foam Flower, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Sweet William, Wild Iris, Lily of the Valley, Mayapple, Purple Catawba, Bluebells, Joe-Pye Weed, Indian Pipe, Dutchman Breeches, Fairy Candle, Rattlesnake Orchid, White and Yellow Solomon Seal, Star of Bethlehem, Wild Ginger and many, many more breathtaking flowers.
Armstrong-Lockett House & W.P. Toms Memorial Gardens "Crescent Bend"
The Armstrong-Lockett House built in 1834 just west of downtown Knoxville, this southern antebellum home was once the centerpiece of a 600 acre working farm and is named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River. Meticulously restored in 1977, Crescent Bend is furnished with Eighteenth Century antique furniture, decorative arts, and an outstanding collection of English silver, circa 1569-1830. ...more
The Bartram Trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail by the National Trails System Act of 1968. The trail is blazed in a yellow, vertically oriented rectangle in North Carolina and a yellow diamond in Georgia. ...more
Bates Nursery & Garden Center
Bastes Nursery has been beautifying Nashville since 1932, when Bessie bates convinced her skeptical husband to mortgage their house for money to build a "hot house" for plants. Shop for annuals, perennials, aquatic plants, vegetables and more. ...more
Beaman Park and Nature Center
Beaman Park preserves and protects the natural, historical, cultural and recreational features of the area in and around Beaman Park. The park hosts monthly interpretive hikes, which meet at the Creekside Trailhead, and has many wildflower plantings. ...more
Belle Meade Plantation
Once one of the largest private estates in Nashville encompassing 5,400 acres and home to five generations of the Harding-Jackson family, Belle Meade Plantation today is a 30-acre historic site 6 miles west of Nashville. Before the Civil War, Belle Meade flourished; today bullets from the Battle of Nashville scar the house, used as Confederate Gen. ...more
Big Cypress Tree State Park
A peaceful park for enjoying nature, Big Cypress was named for a national champion tree that was 1,350 years old before being killed by a lightning strike in 1976. In the floodplain of the Obion River’s Middle Fork, the park is a great site for picnicking, wildflower walks, bird watching and hiking and includes a 330-acre natural area and 27-acre adjacent park. ...more
Blackberry Farm and Farmhouse Spa
On a 4,200-acre estate in the foothills of Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is one of the South's most celebrated country inns. Those in the know commend its exquisite location, first-rate service and delicious food. ...more
Bloom and Garden Expo
April 9th through 10th, Williamson County hosts its largest Lawn and Garden Show, the Bloom and Garden Expo. Whether you are a casual or serious gardener, the show is the perfect opportunity to learn about plants and to network with knowledgeable people. ...more
Burgess Falls State Park
Burgess Falls, one of the first Natural Areas, is on Tennessee’s Eastern Highland Rim and is noted for its scenic splendor. Sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling water and abundant mixed forest, characterize this area. ...more
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. With nationally recognized collections of American and contemporary painting and sculpture, a botanical garden named in the "Top Five" by Southern Living magazine, and year-round family-friendly activities, there's something for everyone at Cheekwood! There is always something happening in Cheekwood's Botanical Gardens. ...more
Cherokee National Forest
The largest tract of public land in Tennessee, Cherokee National Forest is located in East Tennessee, stretching from Chattanooga to Bristol along the North Carolina border. The 640,000-acre Cherokee National Forest lies in the heart of the Southern Appalachian mountain range, a remarkably diverse area. ...more