5 Tennessee Wildflower Hikes to Take This Spring

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Tennessee wildflower hikes

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Ready to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather? From late March through early May, you can admire wildflowers blooming across the state. Consider hitting the trails at some of these state parks and natural areas for a wildflower hike this spring.

1. Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Just north of Memphis, you’ll find a variety of wildflowers along the trails in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, including spring beauties, Virginia bluebells, prairie trilliums, red buckeyes and more.

2. Taylor Hollow

This stunning 163-acre nature preserve in Sumner County offers a beautiful display of spring wildflowers. Hikers should note that this area is owned and protected by The Nature Conservancy and permission to visit must be requested in advance. Visit tnc.org/tennessee for information.

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3. Short Springs State Natural Area

In Tullahoma, Short Springs State Natural Area has one of the most abundant and diverse wildflower displays in the state. Flowers you’ll find here include trout lilies, large-flowered trilliums, barren strawberries and other uncommon plants for Middle Tennessee.

4. Norris Dam State Park

You can find more than 30 varieties of wildflowers at Norris Dam State Park in the spring, including wood anemones and butterweeds.

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5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hike the Rich Mountain Loop Trail through Cades Cove to see mountain laurels and an abundance of other wildflowers in April and May.

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