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.
Mouse Creek Nursery and Perennial Farm
Mouse Creek Nursery is owned by Erbin and Ruth Baumgardner. Started in November, 1982, with one greenhouse, today the nursery has over 22,000 square feet of growing area in heated and cold frame houses. ...more
Painted across six acres, discover the lush greenery that makes up the beautiful gardens of Oaklawn Garden. People of all ages and interests will delight in the carpets of yellow daffodils, the brilliant pinks and reds of the blooming azaleas, and the spring colors of blossoming dogwoods. ...more
This scenic waterfall, managed by the Tennessee State Parks System, offers an array of hiking and naturalist activities. Ozone Falls is a 43-acre natural area in Cumberland County. ...more
Radnor Lake State Park
Radnor Lake State Park provides scenic, biological, geological and recreational opportunities not found in other metropolitan areas of Nashville's size. L&N Railroad Company impounded Radnor Lake in 1914 to provide water for its steam engines, and intended to use the area as a hunting preserve for company executives. ...more
Reelfoot Lake State Park
The earth cracked, the river flowed backward and a dramatic, new landscaped took shape. The New Madrid Earthquakes of December 1811 through February 1812 caused soil liquification, warping, landslides, fissuring and ejections that forever changed the northwest corner of Tennessee. ...more
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Botanical Garden
Reflection Riding’s 300 acres consists of a three-mile driving loop and a twelve-mile network of hiking trails. Hundreds of labels identify many of the over one thousand different species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses. ...more
Rock City & Rock City Gardens
Located atop Lookout Mountain, just 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga, Rock City is a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species and breathtaking "See 7 States" panoramic views. Enjoy Cafe 7, Rock City's outdoor dining restaurant with southern cuisine and a view like no other! Take an unforgettable journey along the Enchanted Trail where each step reveals natural beauty and wonders along the woodland path. ...more
Set in 17 acres of rural countryside, Rosewood Gardens is an English Style botanical garden nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Opening April 14, 2006. ...more
Savage Gardens is located in Lake City, near Norris. Although the gardens are privately owned, during the spring the owners, the Dew family, generously open their property to the public. ...more
Savage Gulf State Natural Area
Savage Gulf, a 15,590-acre natural area, is carved into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau in Grundy and Sequatchie Counties. The sheer sandstone cliffs and canyons make it one of Tennessee's most rugged and scenic areas. ...more
Sequatchie Cave State Natural Area
Sequatchie Cave is a 10-acre, biologically significant, natural area where Owen Spring Branch flows from the mouth of the cave at Sequatchie Cave Park in Marion County. The cave and its cold spring water support three federally and state listed species, three species of state concern, and many other aquatic and cave species. ...more
Short Springs Natural Area
Short Springs is a 420-acre natural area located in Coffee County approximately three and a half miles northeast of Tullahoma. The natural area provides an excellent contrast between Highland Rim and Central Basin geology and vegetation. ...more
Standing Stone State Park
Standing Stone State Park takes its name from a huge, dog-shaped rock monolith that once stood nearby. The stone may have belonged to a prehistoric native people; Native Americans in the area later regarded it as a religious icon. ...more