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Celebrate Spring with a Wildflower Road Trip


Spring is a fantastic time of year to take a road trip through the southern United States to enjoy the wildflowers. Here are a few fantastic destinations for road trippers to explore during a trip to the south during the spring.


West Virginia Wildflower Pilgrimage

Starting at Blackwater Falls State Park, this event is a great way to enjoy all beauty spring in West Virginia has to offer. The state park acts as a launching point to explore the wildflowers and natural beauty in the surrounding area. Held annually, visitors can see a wide variety of wildflowers, wildlife, birds and the natural features of the region.


Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

This park is 105 miles long, and it stretches from Front Royal to Waynesboro-Charlottesville. It is a wonderfully diverse plant life. Visitors can take the Skyline Drive, which is the scenic drive through the park, and it is a fantastic way to enjoy the park. Along this drive travelers can enjoy a wide array of wildflowers, especially the azaleas.


Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee and North Carolina

Located in the southern Appalachian Mountains, the Cherokee National Forest is an excellent spring destination for flower viewing. Roan Mountain within the forest is a fantastic destination to see the rhododendrons. These beautiful plants bloom in mid-June and are a wonderful display of colors.


Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an amazing place to enjoy the natural splendor of Tennessee . Visitors can enjoy over 800 miles of trails, as they check out the wide array of flora and fauna. During the spring and summer the mountains host a beautiful range of wildflowers, well worth the visit to the park. The park is often known as the “wildflower national park,” puts on a special show in the spring when the flowers burst into color. The Great Smoky Mountains Wildflower Pilgrimage is a great opportunity to see the wildflower, on one of the wildflower walks and more.


Bluebonnet Festival, Chappell Hill, Texas

To the west, Texas has some wonderful spring flower destinations. One great Texan even is the Bluebonnet Festival. You’ll see Indian Paintbrush, Black-eyed Susans, and the world-famous Texas Bluebonnets at this fun and lively festival, held each year in mid-April.  Texas Hill Country is awash with beauty in the spring, particularly in March, April and May (the bluebonnets reach their peak in April).

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