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Smoky Mountain Magic

SMOKY MOUNTAIN MAGIC--Horace Kephart's fictional adventure set in the Deep Creek watershed, Cherokee Indian Reservation, and Bryson City in the summer of 1925. Written in 1929 and never before published. The original manuscript was passed down for 3 generations recently surfaced during the park's 75th anniversary celebration. "What better topic than a journey into a forbidden realm, complete with witches, robber barons, noble savages and a winsome lady, all wrapped in a cloak of mystery and myth?" asks reviewer Gary Carden. Kephart is featured in Ken Burn's PBS series on our national parks. He is the author of "Our Southern Highlanders", "Cherokees of the Smokies", and "Camping and Woodcraft". Available in hardcover and softcover. Read More >


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Wildflower Reports by Tom Harrington, Volunteer, Hiker, and Park Naturalist Extraordinaire

Legend: + many– few


September 15 - Meigs Mountain (From Jakes Creek Trail to Curry Mountain Trail) – Golden Rod Erect, White Top Aster, White Snakeroot, Pink Turtlehead, Mountain Gentian (really nice ones) and Hearts-a-busting.

Curry Mountain (B-E) – Golden Rod Erect, Curtiss Milkwort, White Snakeroot, Great Lobelia,  Dark Jewelweed, Wild Golden Glow and Red Clover.

September 12 - Sugarland Mountain (From the  A T to Huskey Gap) – White Snake Root, White Top Aster, Golden Rod Erect, Pale Jewelweed (one area massy beautiful display – many many), Black Eyed Susan, Love Vine, Mountain Gentian (2), Filmy Angelica, Curtis Aster, Doll Eyes berries and Black Cohosh.

Huskey Gap (B to Huskey Gap) – Golden Rod Erect, Canadian Violets, Curtis Aster, White Top Aster, Pale Jewelweed (really nice large display), White Snakeroot and Hearts-a-busting

September 5 - Trillium Gap (From Roaring Forks Motor Trail to Trillium Gap) – White Top Aster, White Snakeroot, Goldenrod Erect, Pink Turtlehead, Sweet White Violets (2), Pale Jewelweed, Black Cohosh and Filmy Angelica.

Brushy Mountain (B-E) – Mountain Myrtle, Black Cohosh, White Snakeroot, White Top Aster, Pale Jewelweed, Rosebay Rhododendron (1), Rattlesnake Plantain (2), Pink Turtlehead (nice), Pinesap (2), Hearts-a-bustin and Cardinal Flower (1).

September 1 - Jakes Creek (B-E) – Wild Golden Glow, White Top Aster (many), Asiatic Dayflower, Smooth Phlox, Pale Jewelweed (many), Dark Jewelweed, White Snake Root, Golden Rod Erect, Black Eyed Susan, Doll Eyes (Berries), Heal All and Rattlesnake Plantain.

August 25 - Appalachian Trail (From Dome  to Goshen Prong Trail) (Includes half mile traditional trail from dome parking lot to the A T).  -Wild Golden Glow, White Snake Root, Joe Pye Weed, Yarrow, Crimson Bee Balm, Heal All, Pale Jewelweed, White Clover, Red Clover, Ox Eye Daisy, Filmy Angelica, Love Vine, Bush Honeysuckle, Pink Turtlehead, Michaux’s Saxifrage, Early Goldenrod and Erect Goldenrod.

Goshen Prong (B-E) – White Snake Root, Pink Turtlehead, White Top Aster, Indian Pipe, Rattlesnake Plantain, Coreopsis, Filmy Angelica, Goldenrod Erect, Dark Jewelweed, Wild Golden Glow and Heal All.

Little River (B to Goshen Prong) – Asiatic Dayflower, White Top Aster, Heal All, Pale Jewelweed and White Snakeroot.

Note:  Witch Hobble, Blue Berry and Red Maple leaves are changing to their autumn wardrobe in the mid and high elevations.

August 22 - Middle Prong (B-E) – White Top Aster, Pale Jewelweed, Heal All, Love Vine and Yellow Wood Sorrell.

Greenbrier Ridge (B-E) – Doll Eyes (berries), White Top Aster, Wood Nettle, Love Vine, White Snakeroot, Pale Jewelweed, Crimson Bee Balm, Wild Golden Glow, Joe Pye Weed, Golden Rod Erect and Indian Pipe (1).

August 11 - Metcalf Bottoms Trail (B-E) – Tick Trefoil, Heal All and Flowering Spurge.

Walker Sisters Cabin Trail (B-E) – Tick Trefoil, Cardinal Flower (just started blooming), Coreopsis, Dark Jewelweed, Heal All, Thimbleweed, Southern Harebell, Red Clover, Rattlesnake Plantain and Flowering Spurge.

Little Brier Gap Trail (B-E) – Heal All, Reclining Saint Andrews Cross, Tick Trefoil and Yellow Fringed Orchid.

Little Greenbrier Trail (B-E) – Tick Trefoil, Coreopsis, Reclining Saint Andrews Cross, Wood Nettle, Basil Bee Balm, Smooth Phlox, Rosebay Rhododendron (1), Pale Jewelweed, False Fox Glove, Turk Cap Lily (1), Partridge Pea, Southern Harebell, Curtiss Milkwort, Star Grass, Erect Golden Rod (Just starting to bloom), Sweet Golden Rod (just staring to bloom) and Yellow Fringed Orchid (11).

Wear Gap Road (Boundary to Little River) – Heal All, Wild Potato Vine, Tick Trefoil, Mountain Mint, Cardinal Flower (just starting to bloom), Black Eyed Susan (outstanding blooms – at peak), Dark Jewelweed, Smooth Phlox, Red Clover, Flowering Spurge, Joe Pie Weed, Partridge Pea, Horse Nettle, Asiatic Dayflower, Yellow Wood Sorrell, Wild Sensitive Plant, Thimbleweed and Hairy Milk Pea.

August 4 - Grapeyard Ridge (B-E) – Yellow Fringed Orchid (70 – First time seeing these flowers so abundantly & beautiful display), False Fox Glove, Heal All, Wood Nettle, Star Grass, Tall Bellflower, Tick Trefoil, Hawkweed, Pinesap (one group), Southern Harebell, Pale Jewelweed, Cardinal Flower (1), Turk Cap Lily (2), Coreopsis, Rattlesnake Plantain, Crimson Bee Balm and Smooth Phlox.

July 28 - School House Gap (B-E) – Basil Bee Balm, Rattlesnake Plantain, Coreopsis, Reclining Saint Andrews Cross, Yellow Fringed Orchid (4), Tick Trefoil, Thimbleweed, Mountain Angelica, Queen Ann’s Lace, Heal All and Doll Eyes (berries).

Chestnut Top (B-E) – White Top Aster, Reclining Saint Andrews Cross, Curtiss Milkwort, Yellow Fringed Orchid (1), Tall Bellflower, Horse Nettle, Pale Jewelweed, Turk Cap Lily (1), Mountain Saint John’s Wort and Pokeweed.

July 14 - Turkey Pen (B-E) – Rosebay Rhododendron, Tick Trefoil, Star Grass, Basil Bee Balm, Reclining Saint Andrews Cross, Mountain Angelica, Rattlesnake Plantain, Black Cohosh, Coreopsis and White Top Aster.

School House Gap (From Turkey Pen Trail to Laurel Creek Rd.) – Basil Bee Balm, Rattlesnake Plantain, Tick Trefoil, Rosebay Rhododendron, Mountain Angelica, Wood Nettle and Doll Eyes berries fully colored.

Bote Mountain (B to Finely Cane Trail) – Basil Bee Balm, Rattlesnake Plantain, Reclining Saint Andrews Cross, Red Clover, Rosebay Rhododendron, Heal All, Star Grass, Coreopsis and White Clover.

Finely Cane (B-E) – Rosebay Rhododendron, Tick Trefoil, Basil Bee Balm, Reclining Saint Andrews Cross, Wood Nettle, Black Cohosh and Rattlesnake Plantain. Note:  Not many flowers blooming now.  Rosebay Rhododendron blooms are about gone.

July 7 - Cooper Road Trail (From Abrams Creek Campground to Hatcher Mountain Trail) – Wild Potato Vine, Wild Hydrangea, Spiderwort, Black Cohosh, Butterfly weed, Heal All, Rattlesnake Plantain, Star Grass, Mountain Angelica, White Clover, Rosebay Rhododendron, Mountain Camelia (few), Coreopsis, White Top Aster, Daisy Fleabane, Black Eyed Susan and Tick Trefoil. 

Hatcher Mountain (From Cooper Road Trail to Little Bottoms Trail) – White Top Aster, Star Grass, Reclining Saint Andrews Cross, Coreopsis, Rosebay Rhododendron, White Clover, Wild Hydrangea, Basil Bee Balm, Curtiss Milkwort (just starting to bloom), Sourwood, Pokeweed, Rattlesnake Plantain, Red Clover, Horse Nettle and Tick Trefoil.

Little Bottoms (B-E) – Star Grass, Rosebay Rhododendron, Wild Hydrangea, Sourwood, Butterfly Pea (3), Coreopsis, Pokeweed, Tick Trefoil, Reclining Saint Andrews Cross and Bleeding Heart.

June 16 - Gregory Ridge Trail (B-E) – Pipsippewa, Rosebay Rhododendron, Wild Hydrangea, Galax, Foam Flower, Indian Pipe, Star Grass, Flame Azalea, Canadian Violet and Indian Cucumber Root. Gregory Bald (From Gregory Ridge to Parson’s Branch Road) – Common Cinquefoil, Prostrate Bluet, Flame Azalea, Galax, Star Grass, Wild Hydrangea, Spiderwort, Canadian Violet, Loosestrife, Hawkweed and Rosebud Orchid (2) (eyes only please).

June 13 - Lumber Ridge (B-E) – Pipsissewa (AP – +), Indian Pipe (AP), Rosebay Rhododendron (JS – F), Basil Bee Balm (AP – +), Reclining Saint Andrews Cross (F(, Sweet Shrub (F(, Goats Rue (2), Large Yellow Wood Sorrell (1), Coreopsis (F(, Flame Azalea (AP – +), Star Grass (F(, Galax (AG – F), Indian Cucumber Root (1), Loosestrife (1), Wild Hydrangea (AP – +) and Hawkweed (AG – F).

Meigs Mountain (Report cancelled – Trail closed because of bear activity).

June 2 - Alum Cave Bluff (B-E) – Dog Hobble, Blackberry, Catawba Rhododendron (at or close to peak bloom from near Inspiration Point up to the saddle above the bluff), Dwarf Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel (Just starting to bloom), Wood Sorrell, Mountain Myrtle (Sand) (Just starting to bloom) and Sweet White Violets. Note:  No report on the Myrtle Point Trail – only a few Mountain Myrtles in bloom.

May 26 - Roundtop (B-E) – Meadow Parsnip, False Solomon’s Seal, Fairywand (2), Star Grass, Galax, Tea Berry, Hawkweed, Mountain Laurel (at peak – great display), Bowman’s Root, Solomon’s Seal, Beard Tongue, Spiderwort (nice blooms), Vasey Trillium (10), Wild Geranium (2), Common Cinquefoil, Flame Azalea, Goats Rue (1 – just starting to bloom), Maple-Leaf Viburnum, Golden Ragwort (about gone), White Milkweed and Whorled Milkweed.

May 19 - Low Gap (From Cosby to the A T) – Sweet Cicely, Bishop Caps, Canadian Violet, Doll Eyes (1), Meadow Parsnip, Dog Hobble, Foam Flower, Sweet White Violet, Blackberry, Clinton Lily, Vasey Trillium (six), False Solomon’s Seal (outstanding display on higher portion of trail), Solomon’s Seal, Prostate Bluet, Stonecrop, Trillium Erect, Dutchmen’s Pipe, Squaw Root,  Wood Sorrel, Lyre Leaf Sage and Jack-in-pulpit (1).

Appalachian Trail (Low Gap to Mt. Cammerer Trail) – Stone Crop, Common Cinquefoil, False Solomon’s Seal, Sweet White Violet, Hooked Buttercup, Clinton Lily, Red Elderberry, Silver Bell, Prostate Bluet, Trillium Erect, Solomon’s Seal, Star Chickweed, Yellow Bead Lily (fantastic display), Umbrella Leaf, Canadian Mayflower and Common Blue Violet.

Mount Cammerer (B-E) – Hooked Buttercup, Common Blue Violet, Yellow Bead Lily (very beautiful – good number of blooms), Painted Trillium (another measurable rainfall will probably end this years blooms), Trillium Erect, Canadian Violet,  Catawba Rhododendron (Just starting to bloom – looks like will be great display in a week to 10 days) and Sweet White Violet.

May 12 - Anthony Creek (B-E) – Daisy Fleabane, Rue Anemone, Blackberry, Sweet White Violet, Common Cinquefoil, Lyre Leaf Sage, Showy Orchis (about gone), Foam Flower, Brook Lettuce, Miami Mist, Canadian Violet (Many), Doll Eyes (1), Hooked Buttercup, Sweet Cicely, False Solomon’s Seal, Wild Geranium, Bishop Caps (about gone), Meadow Parsnip, Prostrate Bluets, Lousewort, Squaw Root, Common Blue Violet, Toothwort, Trillium Erect (about gone) and Star Chickweed (about gone).

Bote Mountain (From Anthony Creek to the A T) – Prostrate Bluets (many – very beautiful), Doll Eyes, Umbrella Leaf, Foam Flower, Toothwort, Rue Anemone, Star Chickweed, Wood Anemone, Common Blue Violets, Cancer Root, Sweet White Violets, Hooked Buttercup, Trillium Erect (about gone), Blue Cohosh (about gone), Spring Beauty and Service Berry.          

Appalachian Trail (From Spence Field to Russell Field) – Common Blue Violet, Service Berry, Common Cinquefoil, Sweet White Violet, Spring Beauty, Hooked Buttercup, Wild Oats (1), Star Chickweed, Seersucker Sedge, Catesby Trillium (many), Wood Anemone, Foam Flower, Toothwort, White Fringed Phacelia (outstanding display – many blooms) and Solomon’s Seal.  The display of the Prostrate Bluets was fantastic and at times the fragrance was most pleasant.

Russell Field (B-E) – White Fringed Phacelia, Prostrate Bluets, Common Blue Violets, Wild Strawberry, Common Cinquefoil, Hooked Buttercup, Star Chickweed, Painted Trillium (2) (about gone), Foam Flower, Trillium Erect (about gone), Large Flowered Trillium (about gone), Solomon’s Seal, May Apple, Canadian Violet, Toothwort, Vasey Trillium (2), Flame Azalea (1 shrub blooming), Halberd Leaf Violets (about gone), Squaw Root, Catesby Trillium (about gone), False Solomon’s Seal (just starting to bloom), Umbrella Leaf, Umbrella Magnolia, Dog Hobble, Blackberry (Just starting to bloom), Clinton Lily (1), Rue Anemone and Wild Geranium.

May 5 - Lead Cove (B-E) – Yellow Trillium, Sweet White Violet, Catesby Trillium, Squaw Root (many), Toothwort (1), Yellow Mandarin, Sweet Cicely, Foam Flower, Dog Hobble, Wood Anemone (1), Vasey Trillium (really nice), Rue Anemone, Cancer Root, Solomon’s Seal, Canadian Violet, Trillium Erect, Common Blue Violet, Hooked Butter Cup, Lousewort (few), Dwarf Crested Iris and Sweet White Trillium.

Bote Mountain (From Lead Cove Trail to Finely Cane Trail) – Squaw Root, Rue Anemone, Star Grass (massive displays), Silver Bell, Catesby Trillium and Common Cinquefoil.

Finely Cane (B-E)  - Yellow Trillium, Vasey Trillium, False Solomon’s Seal, Solomon’s Seal, Foam Flower, May Apple, Canadian Violet, Hooked Buttercup, Dog Hobble, Bishop Caps (almost gone), Long Spurred Violet (AG), Rue Anemone, Sweet Cicely (AG), Yellow Mandarin, Blue Cohosh (AG), Cancer Root, Catesby Trillium, Wild Comfrey (2) and Perfoliate Bellwort.

May 2 - Ace Gap (B-E) – Wild Geranium, Stone Crop, Early Buttercup, Star Grass, Meadow Parsnip, Daisy Fleabane, Crested Dwarf Iris, Solomon’s Seal, Fire Pink, Common Cinquefoil, Dogwood,

Flame Azalea, Squaw Root, Catesby Trillium, Rue Anemone, Common Blue Violet, Wild Oats, Sweet Shrub, Yellow Mandarin, Hooked Buttercup, Yellow Trillium, Birdfoot Violet, Star Chickweed,
Gay Wings (3), Little Brown Jugs, Seersucker Ginger, Halberd Leaf Violet, False Solomon’s Seal, Yellow Woodland Violet and Trillium Erect.

April 25 - Legend:   JSB (just staring to bloom), AG (about gone)

Chestnut Top (B-E) – Bishop Caps, Purple Phacelia, Yellow Trillium, Trillium Erect, /Solomon’s Seal,  Foam Flower, False Solomon’s Seal (Just starting to bloom), Sweet Cicely, Rue Anemone, Star Chickweed, Stonecrop, Hooked Buttercup, Bed Straw, Silver Bells, Spring Beauty, Dogwood, Squaw Root, Meadow Parsnip, Long Spurred Violet, Buckeye, Toothwort, Yellow Mandarin, Crested Dwarf Iris, Common Blue Violet, Fire Pink, Common Cinquefoil, Little Brown Jugs, Dog Hobble (JSB), Cancer Root, Dutchmen’s Pipe, Sweet White Violet, Lousewort, Catesby Trillium (great display), Bird Foot Violet, Wild Oats, Trailing Arbutus (AG), Halberd Leaf Violet, Carolina Vetch and Star Grass.  Note:  Down to Bird Foot Violet  most of the blooms were on the first half mile of the trail.

School House Gap (B-E) – Common Blue Violet, Bird  Foot Violet, Dogwood, Common Cinquefoil, Rue Anemone, Long Spurred Violet, Star Grass, Crested Dwarf Iris, Wild Strawberry, Halberd Leaf Violet, Carolina Vetch, Lousewort, Catesby Trillium, Wild Phlox, Large Flowered Bellwort, Sweet White Violet (outstanding display), Hooked Buttercup, Golden Ragwort (JSB), Wild Geranium, Dog Hobble (JSB), Canadian Violet, Daisy Fleabane, Solomon’s Seal, Trillium Erect, Toothwort and Yellow Trillium.

Bote Mountain (From Laurel Creek Road to West Prong Trail) – Long Spurred Violet (+), Sweet White Violet (outstanding display), Catesby Trillium, Lousewort, Gold Ragwort (JSB), Crested Dwarf Iris, Wild Strawberry, Trillium Erect, Solomon’s Seal, Common Cinquefoil, Wild Oats, Dogwood and Lyre Leaf Sage (1).

West Prong (B-E) – Umbrella Magnolia, Common Cinquefoil, Halberd Leaf Violet, Dog Violet (1), Foam Flower, Solomon’s Seal, Dog Hobble (JSB), Daisy Fleabane (Past peak), Showy Orchis (very beautiful), Large Flowered Bellwort (JSB), Silver Bell, Doll Eyes (1), Canadian Violet, Hooked Buttercup, Long Spurred Violet, Sweet White Violet (outstanding display), Trailing Arbutus (about gone), Prostate Bluets (AG), Trillium Erect, Star Chickweed (great display), Rue Anemone, Pennywort (AG), Toothwort, Sweet Cicely, Blue Cohosh (AG) and Yellow Mandarin.

Tremont Road (From Laurel Creek Road to the Institute) – Toothwort, Dog Hobble (JSB), Trillium Erect, Showy Orchis (great), Sweet White Violet, Common Blue Violet, Hooked Buttercup, Golden Ragwort (JSB), Crested Dwarf Iris, Bed Straw, Lousewort, Star Chickweed, Wood Anemone (-), Yellow Mandarin, Bishop Gaps, Dogwood, Solomon’s Seal, Foam Flower, Long Spurred Violet, Wild Strawberry, Sweet Shrub, Daisy Fleabane (Past Peak), Common Cinquefoil, Yellow Trillium, Large Flowered Trillium, Wild Phlox, Purple Phacelia, False Solomon’s Seal (JSB), Wild Geranium and Bleeding Heart.

Special Notice: Tom is presenting a wildflower program on Tuesday evenings at 8 PM in the Cades Cove Amphitheater (across from the ranger station). Later in the season it may be starting at 9 PM.

April 21 - Abrams Falls (From Cades Cove to falls) – Halberd Leaf Violet, Star Chickweed, Bleeding Heart, Daisy Fleabane and Sweet Shrub. Many blooms: Common Blue Violet, Catesby Trillium,  Common Cinquefoil, Plantain Leaf Pussy Toe and Gay Wings
Few blooms:  Golden Ragwort, Halberd Leaf Violet, Prostate Bluets, Little Brown Jugs,  Wood Anemone, Lousewort,  Solomon’s Seal, Long Spurred Violet, Crested Dwarf Iris, Birdfoot Violet (2) and Carolina Vetch.
Note:  The Gay Wings and Common Cinquefoil between the horseshoe and falls are at peak bloom and the display is tremendous.

April 18 - Little River from Trailhead to Huskey Gap Trail

Bishop Caps
Blue Cohosh
Brook Lettuce
Canadian Violet
Celandine Poppy
Common Blue Violet
Common Cinquefoil
Frasier Sedge
Golden Ragwort
Hispid Buttercup
Hooked Buttercup6
Jack-n-Pulpit (1)
Large Flowered Bellwort
Large Flowered Trillium
Prostate Bluet
Rue Anemone
Service Berry
Showy Orchus
Silver Bell
Solomon’s Seal
Spring Beauty
Squirrel Corn
Star Chickweed
Stone Crop
Sweet White Violet
Trillium Erect
White Fringed Phacelia
Wild Phlox
Wild Ginger
Wild Strawberry
Wood Anemone
Yellow Mandarin
Yellow Trillium
Yellow Wood Violet

April 11 - Porter Creek (B-E) -  Yellow Trillium, Common Blue Violet, Trillium Erect,Trout Lily, Squirrel Corn, Rue Anemone, Wild Phlox   and Dutchmen’s Breeches. Many Blooms:  Large Flowered Trillium, Long Spurred Violet, Frazer Sedge, White Fringed Phacelia, Wood anemone, Spring Beauty and Dwarf Ginseng. Few Blooms:  Creamy Yellow Violet,  Sweet White Violet, Common Cinquefoil, Little Brown Jugs, Wild Ginger, Star Chickweed and Hepatica. Just Starting to Bloom:  Foam Flower, Blue Cohosh, Daisy Fleabane, Wild Geranium, Solomon’s Seal, Meadow Parsnip, Bishop Caps and Yellow Mandarin. Past Peak Blooming:  Seersucker Sedge and Toothwort.

Note:  The White Fringed Phacelia is at peak.  The blooms between the long foot log bridge and Fern Falls are fantastic.  Probably a hard rain would greatly reduce the quality of the blooms on many of the plants. Now is an excellent time to view the flowers on this trail.

April 9 - Metcalf Bottoms Trail (B-E) – Yellow Trillium, Wood Anemone, Rue Anemone and Carolina Vetch.   Decent number of Yellow Trillium and Wood Anemone in bloom.

Walker Sisters Cabin Trail (B-E) – Plantain Leaf Pussy Toe, Common Blue Violet, Rue Anemone, Wood Anemone, Carolina Vetch,  Sweet White Violet, Halberd Leaf Violet and Star Chickweed. Good number of Rue Anemone  and Star Chickweed in bloom.

Little Brier Gap Trail (B-E) – Star Chickweed, Halberd Leaf Violet, Yellow Trillium and Trailing Arbutus.  Not many blooms.

Little Greenbrier Trail (From Little Weir Gap to Wear Gap Road) – Common Blue Violet, Trailing Arbutus, Wild Oats (1), Birdfoot Violet, Plantain Leaf Pussy Toe and Common Cinquefoil. Not many blooms.

Wear Gap Road (From Park Boundary to Metcalf Bottoms) – Carolina Vetch, Yellow Trillium, Plantain Leaf Pussy Toe, Common Blue Violets,  Rue Anemone and Hepatica.   Good number of Rue Anemone and Common Blue Violets in bloom.

April 8 - First half mile of Chestnut Top trail: Spring Beauty – Trillium Erect  - Yellow Trillium – Solomon’s Seal – Rue Anemone – Purple Phacelia -  Star Chickweed – Long Spurred Violet – Common Cinquefoil – Little Brown Jugs – Stone Crop – Seersucker Sage – Fire Pink (1), Bloodroot  and Toothwort. Porters Creek trail is expected to be at peak for the next week. Cove Hardwood Trail - Spring beauty, hepatica, squirrel corn, fringed phacelia, fiddle-head ferns, yellow trillium, white erect trillium, large-flowered trillium, trout lily, blue violets.

April 1 - White Oak Sinks – hepatica and spring-beauties now in bloom. Still early for most flowers. Little White Oak on other side of White Oak Sinks falls, wildflowers are much more advanced. Several types of arboreal orchids are in bloom and tree ferns have greened. Temperatures and humidity much higher than in big White Oak. Noted a fence lizard that I judged to weigh over 40 pounds. Water lilies now past peak. Several extremely large pileated woodpecker like birds. Still a great hike for the adventurous. Hepatica and spring-beauty are blooming on Porters Creek Trail in Greenbrier. This area should be a good destination for wildflower seekers over the next three weeks.

March 24 - In Cades Cove, visitors can find the daffodis blooming at the site of Civilian Conservation Camp # 5427, which operated in the cove in the 1930s. Through the years, the daffodils have spread, but if you have a very good eye, and a better imagination, you can see “CO 5427” spelled out by the flowers. According to Tom, "The daffodils at the old CCC camp across the road from the Missionary Baptist Church are in full bloom at this time. In fact it is one of the best displays that I have observed there. The letters are fairly clear and only the numbers 4 and 2 are somewhat difficult to make out."

March 21 - Rabbit Creek Trail (From Abrams Creek Ranger Station to Hannah Mountain Trail) – Really nice Hepatica blooms about a half mile up the trail on the left.  Some Trailing Arbutus and Plantain Leaf Pussy Toe in bloom.  Also 2 Spring Beauty blooms and one Common Blue Violet bloom seen.  Some of the Trailing Arbutus have beautiful pink blooms (very rich pink).   SPECIAL NOTICE:   ABOUT A QUARTER OF A MILE UP THE TRAIL (ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER CROSSING THE FOOT LOG BRIDGE OVER ABRAMS CREEK THE DISPLAY OF THE DAFFODILS (IN FULL BLOOM NOW)  FOR AROUND 100 FEET ARE A REAL TREAT TO ENJOY. Hannah Mountain Trail (From Rabbit Creek Trail to Campsite #14) – A few Trailing Arbutus and Plantain Leaf Pussy Toe in bloom.

March 7 - It appears that the blooms will be late this year, which probably surprises no one.   Today I found nothing blooming on the Jakes Creek Trail.   I did check out the first quarter of a mile of Chestnut Top and found:   2 Spring Beauty blooms, a Long Spurred Violet in bloom and a few Star Chickweed in bloom.  The Plantain Leaf Pussy Toes were budded.  A week ago on Little Bottoms Trail I found a couple of Common Cinquefoil blooming.



Nov. 12, 2013

Finely Cane (B-E) – Last mile before Bote Mountain Trail has nice colorful foliage – mostly yellows and orange – It is especially nice when the sun is shinning through the foliage.

Nov. 4, 2013

Laurel Falls (B-E) – Beautiful foliage before reaching the falls – beyond the fall almost to Little Greenbrier Trail Junction scattered bright foliage – above Little Greenbrier Trail junction most of foliage down.   

Cove Mountain (From Laurel Falls Trail to Park Headquarters) – Most of foliage down in higher elevations – mid elevations has very bright and beautiful foliage – Lower elevation scattered colorful foliage (not as vivid as mid-elevations).

October 28, 2013

Rabbit Creek (From Abrams Creek Ranger Station to Hannah Mountain Trail) – Curtis Aster, Curtiss Milkwort (Very beautiful – good selection), Hearts-a-busting, Black Eyed Susan, Heal all (1),
Purple Gerardia, Hawkweed, White Top Aster, Erect Goldenrod and Southern Harebell.

Hannah Mountain (From Rabbit Creek Trail to Campsite #14) – Teaberry (1), Flowering Spurge (1), Curtis Aster, White Top Aster, Erect Goldenrod and Mountain Gentian (very nice blooms).

Octobter 21, 2013

Flowers in bloom on Huskey Gap Trail, Erect Goldenrod, Curtis Aster (3), Hearts-a-busting (2), White Top Aster, Pale Jewelweed, White Snake Root, Canadian Violet (3) and a nice showing of Mountain Gentian.

September 20, 2013

Roundtop (B-E) – Black Eyed Susan, Curtis Aster, Great Lobelia, White Top Aster, Coreopsis, Erect Goldenrod, Southern Harebell, False Fox Glove, Curtiss Milkwort, White Snake Root,
Hearts-a-busting, Dark Jewelweed, Pink Turtlehead (the tallest I recall seeing), Star Grass (1), Cardinal Flower, Hawkweed, Purple Gerardia and Mountain Gentian (1).

September 16, 2013

Meigs Mountain (B-E) – Erect Goldenrod, White Snake Root, White Top Aster, Pink Turtleheads, Mountain Gentian (really nice ones about 2 miles from Jakes Creek), Hearts-a-busting, Asiatic Dayflower (1), Curtis Aster, Pale Jewelweed and Southern Harebell.

Meigs Creek (B-E) – White Top Aster, White Snake Root, Erect Goldenrod, Hearts-a-busting, Whitewood Aster, Pink Turtlehead, Ironweed (1), Cardinal Flowers, Curtis Aster, Curtiss Milkwort, Southern Harebell, Great Lobelia and False Fox Glove.

Few Sourwood, Sugar Maples and Red Maples are starting to change colors.

September 13, 2013

West Prong (B-E) – White Snake Root, Golden Rod Erect, Pale Jewelweed, Hearts-a-busting, Great Lobelia, Wood Nettle, Love Vine, White Top Aster, Curtis Aster, False Fox Glove and Southern Harebell.   Note:   The display of the Hearts-a-busting at the junction of West Prong and Bote Mountain Trails is outstanding (have never seen such an abundance of these blooms).

Finley Cane (B-E) – White Top Aster, Erect Goldenrod, White Snake Root, Heal All, Pale Jewelweed and Hearts-a-busting.

September 2, 2013

Lumber Ridge (B-E) – False Fox Glove, Erect Goldenrod, Southern Harebell, Coreopsis, Curtiss Milkwort, Hawkweed, White Top Aster, Wood Nettle, Starry Campion, Star Grass (2), White Snake Root (Just starting to bloom) and Yellow Fringed Orchid (1).

Meigs Mountain (From Lumber Ridge Trail to Curry Mountain Trail) – Southern Harebell, White Top Aster, Pale Jewelweed and White Snake Root (just starting to bloom).

Curry Mountain (B-E) – Curtiss MIlkwort, White Top Aster, Coreopsis, Asiatic Dayflower, Heal All, Cardinal Flower, Joe Pye Weed, Dark Jewelweed, Ironweed, Wild Golden Glow, Wild Phlox and Great Lobelia.  Note:   After first four flowers mentioned all were blooming at the trailhead at Little River Road.

August 26, 2013

Trillium Gap (Roaring Forks Motor Trail to Trillium Gap) – White Top Aster, Heal All, Pale Jewelweed, Erect Goldenrod, White Snake Root, Pink Turtleheads, Wood Nettle, Rattlesnake Plantain, Black Cohosh and Filmy Angelica.
Brushy Mountain (B-E) – White Snake Root, Crimson Bee Balm, White Top Aster, Erect Goldenrod, Rattlesnake Plantain, Indian Pipe, Pale Jewelweed, Pink Turtleheads, Wood Nettle and Yellow Fringed Orchid.

August 23, 2013

Rich Mountain Loop (B-E) – Flowering Spurge, Red Clover, Hairy Angelica, (1) Mountain Mint, Southern Harebell, Heal All, Coreopsis, Curtiss Milkwort and Great Lobelia.

Crooked Arm (B-E) –Mountain Mint, Wood Nettle, Southern Harebell, Tick Trefoil, Coreopsis, Erect Goldenrod, Yellow Fringed Orchid, Reclining Saint Andrews Cross, Great Lobelia,
False Foxglove and White Top Aster.

Indian Grave (From Crooked Arm Trail to Rich Mountain Loop Trail) – Erect Goldenrod, Southern Harebell, Yellow Fringed Orchid, False Foxglove, Coreopsis, Hairy Angelica, (1) Star Grass, Flowering Spurge, Curtiss Milkwort, Curtis Aster (1), Heal All and Reclining Saint Andrews Cross.

Note:  The Yellow Fringed Orchids are really beautiful now.

August 12, 2013

Mount Sterling – (B-E) – Starry Campion, Heal All, Spiderwort, Coreopsis, False Fox Glove, Southern Harebell, Hairy Angelica, Indian Pipe, Joe Pye Weed, Tall Bell Flower, Pale Jewelweed, Love Vine, Turk Cap Lily, Rattlesnake Plantain, Whitewood Aster, Tea Berry, Mountain Saint John’s Wort,  Orange Touch-me-nots, Crimson Bee Balm (nice), Filmy Angelica, Erect Goldenrod, Basil Bee Balm, White Snake Root, Wood Nettle  and Yarrow

Baxter Creek – (B-E) – Pink Turtlehead (nice), Wood Anemone (1), Indian Pipe, Pale Jewelweed, Wood Nettle, White Snake Root, Rattlesnake Plantain, Hawkweed and Rosebay Rhododendron (1 large shrub blooming).

August 9, 2013

Chestnut Top (B-E) – Flowering Spurge, Reclining Saint Andrew’s Cross, Yellow Fringed Orchid (very beautiful), Curtiss Milkwort, Star Grass (1), White Top Aster, False Fox Glove, Rattlesnake Plantain, Horse Nettle, Pale Jewell Weed, Tall Bell Flower, Coreopsis, Pokeweed, Purple Phacelia, Tick Trefoil and Basil Bee Balm.

School House Gap (B-E) –Wood Nettle, Heal All, Tick Trefoil, Orange Touch-me-nots, Coreopsis, Flowering Spurge, Hairy Angelica, False Fox Glove, Curtiss Milkwort, Yellow Fringed Orchid and Reclining Saint Andrews Cross.

July 29, 2013

Goldmine (B-E) – Hairy Angelica, Reclining St. Andrew’s Cross, Heal All, White Top Aster and Coreopsis.

Cane Creek (B-E) – Wild Potato Vine, Rattlesnake Plantain, Wood Nettle, Heal All and Asiatic Dayflower.

July 22, 2013

Ace Gap (B-E) – Hairy Angelica, Black Eye Susan, Queen Ann’s Lace, Coreopsis, Reclining St. Andrews Cross (many – at peak), Rattlesnake Plantain, Starry Campion, Tall Bell Flower (about gone), Spiderwort, White Top Aster, Curtiss Milkwort, False Fox Glove, Heal All, Indian Pipe, Star Grass, Rosebay Rhododendron (about gone) and Smooth Phlox.

July 15, 2013

A T (From Newfound Gap to Boulevard Trail) – Wild Hydrangea, Tassel Rue, Wood Nettle, Rudgel’s Indian Plantain, Wood Sorrel,  and Love Vine.

Boulevard (B-E) – Bush Honeysuckle, Tassel Rue, Dwarf Rhododendron, Blackberry, Wood Sorrel, Rugels Indian Plantain, Indian Pipe and just starting to bloom Crimson Bee Balm, Wild Golden Glows Michaux’s Saxifrage and Turk Cap Lilly.

Alum Cave Bluff – Wood Sorrel, Mountain St. Johnswort (really nice blooms), Bush Honeysuckle, Wild Hydrangea, Wild Golden Glow, Wood Nettle, Prostate Bluet, Rosebay Rhododendron, Michaux’s Saxifrage and Crimson Bee Balm.

Note:   Not a lot of blooms at this time.

July 5, 2013

Little River to Huskey Gap Trail – Wood Nettle, Wild Hydrangea, Black Cohosh, Rosebay Rhododendron and Heal All.  Note:   Not many blooms.

Huskey Gap (From Little River Trail to Huskey Gap) – Pipsissewa, Basil Bee Balm, Wild Hydrangea, Coreopsis, Rosebay Rhododendron, Star Grass, Wood Nettle, Narrow-leaf White-Topped Aster and Mountain St. Johnswort.

Sugarland Mountain (From Huskey Gap to Fighting Creek Gap) – Pipsissewa, Star Gras, Coreopsis, Black Cohosh, Rosebay Rhododendron, Narrow-Leaf White topped Aster and Flowering Spurge.  Note:  Not many blooms.

June 24, 2013

Bullhead (B-E) – Wild Hydrangea (Many & at peak bloom much of the way), Canadian Violet, Flowering Spurge, Purple Flowering Raspberry (about gone – just a few blooms), Galax, Golden Ragwort (one plant with blooms), Wood Sorrel (nice blooms), Mountain Laurel, Partridge Berry, Dwarf Rhododendron, Catawba Rhododendron, Blackberry, Prostate Bluet, Spring Ladies Tresses, Wood Nettle, Pipsissewa and Tassel Rue.

Rainbow (B-E) – Prostate Bluet, Blackberry, Wood Sorrel, Catawba Rhododendron, Dwarf Rhododendron, Galax, Wild Hydrangea, Partridgeberry, Tassel Rue, Wood Nettle and Loosestrife.

June 21, 2013

Jakes Creek Trail (B-E) – Rosebay Rhododendron (only a few), Ox Eye Daisy, Wild Hydrangea, Flowering Spurge, Red Clover, Partridge Berry and Pale Jewelweed (Yellow Touch-me-nots).

June 14, 2013

Gregory Bald -   Flame Azalea Progress Report

There are only a couple of Azalea Shrubs in full bloom, there are probably less than a dozen with a fourth to a third of their blooms open and many of the shrubs buds are showing no color at this time.

Layman’s estimate of peak of blooms – 10 days to two weeks from now although period of hot weather could shorten the time before the blooms peak.

May 27, 2013

Middle Prong (B-E) – Maple Leaf Viburnum, Tassel Rue, Blackberry, Canadian Violet, Mountain Laurel, Lyre Leaf Sage, Common Cinquefoil, Sweet White Violet, Wild Strawberry, Foam Flower, Dog Hobble, Wild Ginger, Blue Eyed Grass and Wood Lily (2) - (Hopefully I identified them correctly – do not recall ever seeing them previously).

Greenbrier Ridge (B-E) – Blackberry, Dog Hobble (nice fragrance), Lyre Leaved Sage, False Solomon’s Seal, Foam Flower, Prostate Bluets (nice fragrance), Sweet White Violets, Silver Bells,
Meadow Parsnip, Canadian Violets, Squaw Root, Clinton Lilies, Brook Lettuce, Doll Eyes (2), Sweet Cicely, Common Blue Violets, Star Chickweed and Blue Eyed Grass.

May 24, 2013  

Rabbit Creek (from Abrams Creek to Hannah Mountain Trail) – Spiderwort, Solomon’s Seal, Lyer Leaf Sage, Flowering Spurge, Teaberry, Star Grass, Galax, False Solomon’s Seal, Mountain Laurel, Blackberry, Robin’s Plantain, White Milkweed, Golden Ragwort, Hawkweed and Ox Eye Daisy.

Hannah Mountain (from Rabbit Creek to Campsite #14) – Flowering Spurge, False Solomon’s Seal, Meadow Parsnip, Star Grass, White Milkweed, Galax, Mountain Laurel, Maple Leaf Viburnum,
Solomon’s Seal, Common Cinquefoil, Blackberry and Rue Anemone.

May 10, 2013

West Prong (B-E) -  Sweet White Violet, Foam Flower, Yellow Trillium, Dog Hobble, Solomon’s Seal, Crested Dwarf Iris, Blackberry, Star Chickweed, Sweet Cicely, False Solomon’s Seal, Cancer Root, Trillium Erect, Canadian Violet, Robins Plantain, Rue Anemone, Vasey Trillium (few – others budded), Galax (just starting to bloom), Fairywand (nice), Common Cinquefoil, Common Blue Violet, Prostate Bluet, Little Brown Jugs, Star Grass, Hawkweed, Hooked Buttercup and Mapleleaf Viburnum.

Bote Mountain (B to West Prong Trail) – Common Cinquefoil, Lyre Leaf Sage, Hawkweed, Sweet White Violet, Yellow Trillium, Hooked Buttercup, Star Grass, Crested Dwarf Iris, Hispid Buttercup, Lousewort, Robins Plantain, Dog Hobble, Fairywand and Golden Ragwort.

School House Gap (B to Chestnut Top Trail) – Yellow Trillium, Sweet White Violet, Dog Hobble, Canadian Violet, Solomon’s Seal, Robins Plantain, Lyre Leaf Sage, Wild Geranium, Catesby Trillium, Cross Vine, Lousewort, Hawkweed, Foam Flower, Wild Phlox, Hispid Buttercup, False Solomon’s Seal, Long Spurred Violet, Carolina Vetch, Crested Dwarf Iris, Wild Oats, Star Grass, Fairywand (nice) and Birdfoot Violet.

Chestnut Top (B-E) – Flame Azalea, Star Grass, Hawkweed, Birdfoot Violet, Solomon’s Seal, Mapleleaf Viburnum, Cross Vine, Foam Flower, Hooked Buttercup, Sweet White Violet, Stone Crop, Yellow Trillium, Fairywand, Galax (just starting to bloom), Rue Anemone, Lousewort, Mountain Laurel (just starting to bloom), Dog Hobble, Blackberry, False Solomon’s Seal, Meadow Parsnip, Fire Pink, Robins Plantain, Purple Phacelia and Star Chickweed.

Note:   Not many blooms left on some of the flowers, and many blooms are well past their peak.  Vasey Trillium, Galax,  Fairywand, Mapleleaf Viburnum, Birdfoot Violet, Mountain Laurel and Hooked   Buttercup are either just starting to bloom or are at their peak.

May 3, 2013

Cooper Road Trail – (Abrams Creek Ranger Station to Hatcher Mountain Trail) – Lyre Leaf Sage, Golden Ragwort, Crested Dwarf Iris, Hispid Buttercup, Rue Anemone, Foam Flower, Dog Hobble, Meadow Parsnip, Red Clover, White Clover, Fire Pinks, Carolina Vetch, Wild Phlox, Trillium Erect, May Apple, Star Chickweed, Sweet White Violet, Common Blue Violet, Common Cinquefoil, Wild Geranium, Solomon’s Seal, False Solomon’s Seal, Doll Eyes, Little Brown Jugs, Plantain Leaf Pussy toe, Star Grass, Yellow Mandarin, Cancer root, Bristly Locust, Blackberry, Birdfoot Violet, Dogwood, Gay Wings, Flame Azalea, Pinxter-flower (first that I have seen in many years), Catsby Trillium,  Robins Plantain,  Wild Oats, Violet Wood Sorrel and Vasey Trillium (1).   Note:  At this time the Crested Dwarf Iris, Fire Pinks, Gay Wings and the Pinxter-flower make this an outstanding wildflower trail.  Secondly, for those who know me please email or call me for additional information.

Hatcher Mountain Trail – (Cooper Road Trail to Little Bottoms Trail) – Common Cinquefoil, Wild Oats, Flame Azalea, Common Blue Violet, Robins Plantain, Dogwood, Dog Hobble, Blackberry, Hispid Buttercup, Hawkweed, Star Chickweed, Star Grass, Catsby Trillium, Gay Wings, Trailing Arbutus, Crested Dwarf Iris, Sweet White Violet, False Solomon’s Seal, Rue Anemone, Plantain Leaf Pussytoe, Sweet Shrub and Fire Pinks. Note:   I have never seen such a fantastic display of the Sweet Shrub in bloom.  This is true of the Little Bottoms Trail also.   Additionally the Gaywings, Birdfoot Violet, Sweet White Violets  and the firepink blooms on this trail are outstanding.

Little Bottoms Trail (B-E) – Plantain Leaf Pussytoe, Common Cinquefoil, Common Blue Violet, Robins Plantain, Star Chickweed, Crested Dwarf Iris, Hawkweed, Sweet White Violet, Star Grass, Shuttleworth Ginger, Prostate Bluet, Wild Geranium, Wild Comfrey (1), Sweet Shrub, Dogwood, Birdfoot Violet, Catesby Trillium, Fire Pinks, False Solomon’s Seal, Solomon’s Seal, Frazer Magnolia, Dog Hobble, Blackberry, Bleeding Heart (almost gone), Halberd Leaf Violet, Meadow Parsnip  and Lyre Leaf Sage.

April 29, 2013

Laurel Falls – (B to Little Greenbrier) – Dogwood, Yellow Trillium, Squaw Root, Wild Oats, Plantain Leaf Pussytoe, Birdfoot Violet, Star Grass, Sweet Shrub, Common Blue Violet, Common Cinquefoil, Trailing Arbutus, Halberd Leaf Violet, Wild Strawberry, Creamy  Yellow Violet, Solomon’s Seal, Toothwort, Stonecrop, Frazer Magnolia, Sweet White Violet, Dog Hobble, Bleeding Heart (1 plant), Rue Anemone, Wood Anemone, Star Chickweed, Large Flowered Trillium, Large Flowering Bellwort, Trillium Erect, Canadian Violet, Jack-n-pulpit (3), Yellow Mandarin, Hooked Buttercup, Squirrel Corn, Blue Cohosh, Doll Eyes and Early Meadow Rue.

Little Greenbrier – (B-E) – Star Chickweed,  Common Blue Violet, Wild Oats, Stonecrop, Blue Cohosh, Solomon’s Seal, Yellow Mandarin, Crested Dwarf Iris, Dogwood, Squaw Root, Rue Anemone, Large Flowered Trillium, Trillium Erect, Wild Geranium, Early Meadow Rue, Sweet White Violet, Purple Phacelia, Star Grass, Birdfoot Violet, Plantain Leaf Pussytoe, Carolina Vetch, Lousewort (Just started blooming), Yellow Trillium, Spotted Mandarin and Flame Azalea.   Note:   A few Pink Lady Slippers budded – none blooming.

April 15, 2013

Chestnut Branch (B-E) – Yellow Trillium, Sweet White Violet, Halberd Leaf Violet, Long Spurred Violet, Common Blue Violet, Trillium Erect, Stonecrop, Golden Ragwort, Wild Geranium, Toothwort, Showy Orchus (1), Creamy Yellow Violet, Squaw Root, Wood Anemone, Bishop Caps, Star Chickweed, Common Cinquefoil, Trailing Arbutus, Rue Anemone and Blood Root.

A T (From Chestnut Branch to Lower Mt. Cammerer) – Halberd Leaf Violet, Star Chickweed, Common Blue Violet and Trailing Arbutus.

Lower Mount Cammerer (B-E) – Blood Root, Halberd Leaf Violet, Toothwort, Creamy Yellow Violet, Squirrel Corn, Rue Anemone, Spring Beauty, Trout Lily, Dutchmen’s Breeches, Yellow Trillium, Trailing Arbutus, Wild Oats, Star Chickweed, Bishop Caps, Trillium Erect, Yellow Mandarin, Meadow Parsnip, Wood Anemone, Common Cinquefoil,  Spotted Mandarin (few), Wild Geranium, Wild Phlox and Long Spurred Violet.  Note:   The Rue Anemone is outstanding in places on this trail- from the trail to the foot of steep embankments and above the trail.



December 18

On the Low Gap Trail there are 5 Hepaticas blooming on the section of the trail from the campground (about 3/10 of a mile up) and 7 are blooming on the section of the alternative Low Gap Trail from the Hiker parking lot (short distance from the Lower Mt. Cammerer Trail going up).   There are a decent number of Hepatica buds on both trails.   A neat Christmas surprise.

December 13

On the Abrams Falls Trail today I found some Curtis Asters blooming.  On the Little Bottoms Trail I found Curtis Asters, Common Blue Violets and what I believe to be Grassleaf Golden Aster and Late Purple Aster in bloom (not a lot).  I am not positive of the identification of the last two.  On Happy Valley Road there are some Ox-Eye Daisy’s in bloom.

October 5

Laurel Falls (Beginning to End) – Mountain Gentian, White Snakeroot, Curtis Aster, Whitewood Aster, Great Lobelia, Sweet White Violets (at least 2 dozen of them), Canadian Violets (3), Ladies Tresses (1), and Erect Goldenrod.

Cove Mountain (Beginning to End) – Curtis Aster, Whitewood Aster, Erect Goldenrod, Mountain Gentian, Curtis Milkwort, Great Lobelia, Late Purple Aster, and Gray Goldenrod.

September 24

Meigs Mountain – (From Jakes Creek Trail to Curry Mountain Trail) – Early Goldenrod, Mountain Gentian, Curtis Aster, Black Cohosh (2), White Snakeroot, and Whitewood Aster.

Curry Mountain – (Beginning to End) – Great Lobelia, Curtis Aster, Whitewood Aster, Pale Jewelweed, Spotted Jewelweed, Curtiss Milkwort, and Wingstem.

September 21

Grapeyard Ridge (Beginning to End) – Whitewood Aster, White Snakeroot, Early Goldenrod, Curtis Aster, Mountain Gentian, False Foxglove (1), Pink Turtleheads, Great Lobelia, and Wild Phlox.

September 17

Maddron Bald (Beginning-Gabes Mountain Trail) – White Snakeroot, Early Goldenrod, Great Lobelia (really nice ones), and White Top Asters.

Gabes Mountain (Beginning-End) – Mountain Gentian, Early Goldenrod, Black Cohosh, Pink Turtleheads, White Top Aster, White Snakeroot, Pale Jewelweed*, Curtis Aster, Spotted Jewelweed (1), and Great Lobelia.  * On two switch backs around two and a half miles from Cosby the Pale Jewelweeds are tremendous – stretching from the trail for a long distance up the side of the ridge – well worth the hike in there to see them – most of the plants are from four to five feet tall.

September 10, 2012

Porter Creek (Beginning to End) – Pale Jewelweed, Spotted Jewelweed, White Snakeroot, Whitewood Aster, White Top Aster, Black Cohosh, Cardinal Flower, Curtis Aster, Filmy Angelica, Hearts-a-bustin, Great Lobelia, Early Goldenrod, and Wood Nettle.  

Note:   The Great Lobelia along Greenbrier Road is really nice now in the sunlight.

September 7, 2012

Jakes Creek (Beginning to End) – Pale Jewelweeds, Hearts-a-bustin, Asiatic Dayflowers, White Top Aster, Whitewood Aster, White Snakeroot, Black Cohosh, Early Goldenrod, Wood Nettle, and Mountain Gentian.

Miry Ridge (Beginning to End) – White Top Aster, Early Goldenrod, Black Cohosh, Coreopsis, False Foxglove, Wild Golden Glow, White Snakeroot (especially beautiful and abundantly blooming near campsite #26), Pink Turtlehead, Pale Jewelweed, Spotted Jewelweed, and Mountain Gentian (Many blooms – at or just beyond peak – very beautiful).

August 27, 2012

Mount Sterling (Beginning to End) – White Snakeroot, White Top Aster, Pale Jewelweed, Spotted Jewelweed, Early Goldenrod, False Foxglove, Tick Trefoil, Curtis Aster, Mountain Gentian, Starry Campion, Joe Pye Weed, Spiderwort, Heal All (1), Crimson Bee Balm, Black Cohosh, Erect Goldenrod, Wood Nettle, and Whorled-leaf Coreopsis.

Baxter Creek (Beginning to End) – Pink Turtlehead, White Snakeroot, White top aster, Pale Jewelweed,  Black Cohosh, and  Beechdrops.

August 6, 2012

Big Creek (Beginning to End) – Pale Jewelweed, Wild Golden Glow (very nice display), Filmy Angelica, Crimson Bee Balm, Purple Flowering Raspberry, Asiatic Day Flower, Southern Harebell, Wood Nettle, White Top Aster, Love Vine, Early Goldenrod, and Tick Trefoil.

June 23, 2012

Hannah Mountain Trail from Parson’s Branch Road (first five and a half miles) – Yellow Fringed Orchid, Coreopsis, Reclining Saint Andrew’s Cross, Star Grass, Tick Trefoil, and Curtiss Milkwort.  Note:  74 blow downs on this section of this trail – some very difficult to cross, crawl under, or bypass.   Do not recommend this trail at this time.

July 16, 2012

Snake Den Ridge (Beginning to End) – Wood Nettle, Yellow Touch-me-nots, Black Cohosh, Heal All, Tick Trefoil, Wild Hydrangea, Pink Turtle Head (3), Rudgels Indian Plantain, Rattlesnake Plantain, White Top Aster, White Snakeroot, Rosebay Rhododendron, Turks Cap Lily, Indian Pipe, and Crimson Bee Balm.

July 13, 2012

Anthony Creek (Beginning to End) – Rattlesnake Plantain, Rosebay Rhododendron, Heal All, Tick Trefoil, Crimson Bee Balm, Yellow Wood Sorrel, False Foxglove, Black Cohosh, Basil Bee Balm, Love Vine, White Top Aster, Wood Nettle, and Tassel Rue.

Bote Mountain (From Anthony Creek Trail to Appalachian Trail) – Rosebay Rhododendron, Crimson Bee Balm, White Top Aster, Yellow Touch-me-nots, Heal All, Wild Golden Glows, Love Vine, Wood Nettle, and Red Clover.

Appalachian Trail (From Jenkins Ridge Trail to Russell Field Trail) – Rosebay Rhododendron, Heal All, Orange Touch-me-nots, Crimson Bee Balm, Basil Bee Balm, Mountain St. John’s Wort, and Love Vine.

Russell Field – (Beginning to End) – Crimson Bee Balm, Wood Nettle, White Top Aster, Yellow Wood Sorrel, Rosebay Rhododendron, Heal All, and Tick Trefoil.

Note:  The Crimson Bee Balm are at peak on Bote Mountain, the  Appalachian Trail and Russell Field Trails (higher elevations) are very beautiful.

July 2, 2012

Turkey Pen (Beginning to End) – Reclining St. Andrew’s Cross, Black Cohosh, Basil Bee Balm (1), Rosebay Rhododendron (well past peak) and Wood Nettle.

School House Gap (Beginning to Turkey Pen Trail) – Rosebay Rhododendron, False Foxglove, Basil Bee Balm, Mountain St. John’s Wort, Daisy Fleabane, Heal All, Thimbleweed, and Wood Nettle.

Bote Mountain (Beginning to Finely Cane Trail) – Rosebay Rhododendron, Reclining St. Andrews Cross, Heal All, Hawkweed, Coreopsis, and Red Clover. 

Finely Cane (Beginning to End) – Reclining St. Andrew’s Cross and Rosebay Rhododendron

June 25, 2012
Rainbow Falls (Beginning to End) – Rosebay Rhododendron, Wild Hydrangea, Wood Nettle, Rugel’s Indian Plantain (a few), Dwarf Rhododendron, Galax,  Prostrate Bluets (a few), Blackberry, Wood Sorrel, Michaux’s Saxifrage, and Partridge Berry (a few).

Bull Head (Beginning to End) – Rosebay Rhododendron, Blackberry, Wood Sorrel (very beautiful), Wild Golden Glow (2), Mountain St. John’s Wort (a few), Galax, Coreopsis (2), Hawkweed (1), Black Cohosh, Canadian Violet, Purple Flowering Raspberry, Wild Hydrangea, and Wood Nettle.

June 18, 2012
Lumber Ridge (Beginning to End) – Rosebay Rhododendron, Coreopsis,  Black Cohosh, Wild Hydrangea, Star Grass, Flame Azalea, Curtis Milkwort (1), Hawkweed (1), Pipsissewa, Mountain St. John’s-wort, and  Basil Bee Balm.

Meigs Mountain (From Lumber Ridge Trail to Curry Mountain Trail) – Rosebay Rhododendron, Wild Hydrangea, Pokeweed, Crimson Bee Balm (1), Basil Bee Balm (1), Pipsissewa, Common Elderberry, Pale Jewelweed (1), and Wood Nettle.

Note:   Except for the Rhododendron there are not a lot of blooms.

June 15, 2012
Alum Cave Bluff (Beginning to End) – Mountain Laurel, Partridge Berry, Blackberry, Dwarf Rhododendron, Catawba Rhododendron, Wood Sorrel, Red Elderberry, Prostrate Bluet, Mountain Myrtle (Sand), Galax (1), and Michaux’s saxifrage.  Note:   Most of the flowers are well past their peak; however the Rhododendron are nice on the last mile of the trail.   The Mountain Myrtle is just starting to bloom.

Myrtle Point (Beginning to End) – Catawba Rhododendron, Dwarf Rhododendron, and Mountain Myrtle (Sand).

June 8, 2012
Rabbit Creek (From Ranger Station to Hannah Mt. Trail) – Red Clover, White Clover, Japanese Honeysuckle, Wild Hydrangea, Rosebay Rhododendrons, Spiderwort, Ox Eyed Daisy, Daisy Fleabane, Thimbleweed (1), Spanish Bayonet (Yucca), Star Grass, Coreopsis, Horse Nettle, Hawkweed, Pipsissewa, and Pokeweed.   

Hannah Mountain (From Rabbit Creek to Campsite #14) – Wild Hydrangea, Mountain Camellia (very beautiful), Rosebay Rhododendron, Pipsissewa,  Hawkweed, Coreopsis, Goats Beard (1), Star Grass, and Pokeweed.

May 21, 2012
Flame Azalea Report for Gregory Bald – A few of the orange and yellow azaleas are blooming.   A few more appear as if their blooms will open within the next five days.   Most of the buds on the shrubs are very tight.  My estimate (not scientific) is that the blooms will either peak the first full  week or the second full week of June.   With the 90+ degree weather predicted this weekend the time for blooms to reach peak could be advanced.

May 21, 2012
Gregory Ridge (Beginning to End) – Sweet White Violet, Galax, Partridgeberry, Indian Pipe, Foam Flower, Wild Hydrangea, Sweet Shrub, Canadian Violet, Clinton Lily, Prostrate Blues, Common Cinquefoil, Star Grass, Mountain Laurel, Bowman’s Root, Rue Anemone, Flame Azalea, Meadow Parsnip, and Blackberry.

Gregory Bald (Beginning to End) – Blackberry, Flame Azalea, Common Cinquefoil, Prostrate Bluets, Yarrow, White Clover, Galax, Hawkweed, Clinton Lily, Indian Cucumber, Canadian Violet, Rue Anemone,False Solomon’s Seal, Solomon’s Seal, Vasey Trillium (1), Goats Beard, Bowman’s Root, Loosestrife, Spiderwort, Catawba Rhododendron (1 shrub with many blooms), and Common Milkweed.

May 18, 2012
Metcalf Bottoms (Beginning to End) – Galax, Mountain Laurel, White Clover, Red Clover, and Golden Ragwort.

Walker Sisters Cabin (Beginning to End) – Rosebay Rhododendron (one shrub covered with blooms – at beginning of trail on right), Galax, Daisy Fleabane, Bowman’s Root, Wild Geranium (1), Indian Pipe, Ox Eye Daisy (1), Mountain Laurel, Red Clover, Wild Hydrangea, Golden Ragwort, and White Clover.

Little Brier Gap (Beginning to End) – Mountain Laurel, Galax, Beard Tongue, Flame Azalea, Ox Eye Daisy, and Hawkweed.

Little Greenbrier (Beginning to End) – Galax, Mountain Laurel, Spiderwort, Beard Tongue, Fire Pinks (very beautiful), Hawkweed, Clinton Lily, False Solomon’s Seal, Meadow Parsnip, Blackberry, Golden Ragwort, Flame Azalea, Wild Hydrangea, Common Milkweed, Solomon’s Seal, Goats Rue, Goats Beard, Rue Anemone, Wild Geranium (1), Vasey Trillium (1), and Bowman’s Root.

April 30, 2012
Chestnut Top (Beginning to End) – Solomon’s Seal, Sweet White Violet, Foam Flower, Star Chickweed, Meadow Parsnip, Common Milkweed, Beard Tongue, Fire Pinks, Hawkweed, Daisy Fleabane, Maple Leaf Viburnum, Galax, False Solomon’s Seal, Bishop Caps, Mountain Laurel, Long Spurred Violet, Star Grass, Sweet Pinesap, Carolina Vetch, Catesby Trillium, Dog Hobble, and Flame Azalea.

School House Gap (Beginning to End) – Mountain Laurel, Red Clover, Star Grass, Hawkweed, White Clover, Lyre Leaf Sage, Robins Plantain, Hooked Buttercup, Birdfoot Violet, Blackberry, Blue Eye Grass (1), Wild Strawberry, Galax, Carolina Vetch, Sweet White Violet, Daisy Fleabane, Long Spurred Violet, Golden Ragwort, Foam Flower, Crested Dwarf Iris, Fairywand, False Solomon’s Seal, Dog Hobble, Common Blue Violet, Jack-in-pulpit (1), Yellow Trillium, Catesby Trillium, and Little Brown Jugs.

Bote Mountain (Beginning to West Prong Trail) – Sweet White Violet, Yellow Trillium, Daisy Fleabane, Solomon’s Seal, Common Cinquefoil, Galax, Lyre Leaf Sage, Fairywand, Hispid Buttercup, Hawkweed, and Mountain Laurel.

West Prong (Beginning to End) – Hawkweed, Mountain Laurel, Galax, Common Cinquefoil, Star Grass, Sweet White Violet, Hooked Buttercup, Long Spurred Violet, Fairywand, Star Chickweed, Solomon’s Seal, Crested Dwarf Iris, Vasey Trillium (really nice blooms), Yellowwood Sorrell, Yellow Trillium, False Solomon’s Seal, and Carolina Vetch.

April 23, 2012
Ace Gap (Beginning to End) – Yellow Trillium, Wild Geranium, Sweet Shrub, Star Grass, Carolina Vetch, Meadow Parsnip, Robins Plantain, Solomon’s Seal, Flame Azalea, Fire Pink, Dogwood, Beard Tongue, Mountain Laurel, False Solomon’s Seal, Common Cinquefoil, Blackberry, Common Milkweed, Galax, Fairy Wand (1), Plantain Leaf Pussytoe, Rue Anemone, Crested Dwarf Iris, Clinton Lily (1),
Maple Leaf Viburnum, Yellow Mandarin, Dog Hobble, Huckleberry, Little Brown Jugs, Teaberry, Hawkweed, Gay Wings (1), Spiderwort (1),  and Bristly Locust.

April 16, 2012
Lead Cove (Beginning to End) – Catesby Trillium, Yellow Trillium, Sweet White Violets, Dog Hobble, False Solomon’s Seal, Foam Flower, Vasey Trillium, Trillium Erect, Rue Anemone, Crested Dwarf Iris, Squaw Root, Canadian Violet, Common Blue Violet, Sweet Shrub, Little Brown Jugs, Hooked Buttercup, Lousewort, Sweet Cicely, and Striped Maple.

Bote Mountain (From Lead Cove Trail to Finely Cane Trail) – Service Berry, Star Grass, Rue Anemone, Catesby Trillium, Sweet Shrub, Dogwood, Blackberry, Wild Oats, Common Cinquefoil, Hawkweed, Dog Hobble, Galax, and Solomon’s Seal.

Finely Cane (Beginning to End)  - Yellow Trillium, Crested Dwarf Iris, Sweet White Violet, Long Spurred Violet, Star Chickweed, Rue Anemone, Yellow Mandarin, Dog Hobble, Foam Flower, Vasey Trillium, May Apple, Blue Cohosh, Doll Eyes (White Baneberry – 1), Canadian Violets, Solomon’s Seal, Catesby Trillium, False Solomon’s Seal, Bishop Caps, Trillium Erect, Sweet Shrub, Tulip Tree, Blackberry, Shuttleworth’s Ginger, Common Cinquefoil, and Galax.

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April 9, 2012 
Low Gap (From Cosby to Low Gap) -  Stone Crop, Golden Ragwort, Sweet Cicely, Hooked Buttercup, Sweet White Violet, Solomon’s Seal, Foam Flower, Bishop Caps, Star Chickweed, Rue Anemone, Dog Hobble, Long Spurred Violet, Showy Orchis, Brook Lettuce, Toothwort, Wild Phlox, Bowman’s Root, Trillium Erect, False Solomon’s Seal, Yellow Trillium, Blue Cohosh, May Apple, Hairy Buttercup, Canadian Violet (especially nice now), Wild Geranium, Doll Eyes, Meadow Parsnip, Yellow Mandarin, Jack-in-pulpit, Dwarf Ginseng, Squaw Root, Prostrate Bluets, Wood Anemone, Halberd Leaf Violet, Spring Beauty, Trout Lily, and White Fringed Phacelia (at peak at Low Gap – really beautiful).

Appalachian Trail (From Low Gap to Lower Mt. Cammerer Trail) – White Fringed Phacelia, Spring Beauty (should peak about half mile from Low Gap within next week), Star Chickweed, Stone Crop, Halberd Leaf Violet, Squaw Root, Sweet White Violet, Witch Hobble, Wood Anemone, Prostrate Bluets, Service Berry, Squirrel Corn, Trout Lily, Dutchmen’s Breeches, Trillium Erect, Seersucker Sedge, Painted Trillium (5) (Small blooms), Wild Oats, Trailing Arbutus, Yellow Trillium, Solomon’s Seal, Crested Dwarf Iris, Silver Bell, and Meadow Parsnip.

Mount Cammerer (Beginning to End) – Spring Beauty, Witch Hobble, Serviceberry, Trout Lily, and Seersucker Sedge.

Lower Mount Cammerer (Beginning to End) – Wood Anemone, Star Chickweed, Yellow Mandarin, Blood Root (1), Yellow Trillium, Solomon’s Seal, Birdfoot Violet, Silver Bell, Large Flowered Bellwort, Blue Cohosh, Fraser Manolia, Squaw Root, Sweet White Violet, Trillium Erect, Rue Anemone, Hooked Buttercup, Toothwort, Brook Lettuce, Canadian Violet (really nice), Squirrel Corn, Yellow Mandarin, Halberd Leaf Violet, Wild Oats, Golden Ragwort, Foam Flower, Dog Hobble, Lousewort (1), Bishop Caps, Bed Straw, Dogwood, Golden Ragwort, Showy Orchis (past peak and very few), Hairy Butter Cup, Common Cinquefoil, Stone Crop, Nodding Trillium (right at peak), Vasey Trillium (2), Cancer Root (1), Wild Geranium, Star Grass (1), Crested Dwarf Iris (many past peak but good number at peak bloom), and Wild Phlox.

April 6, 2012
Little River Trail (Beginning to Rough Creek Trail) –Yellow Trillium, Trillium Erect, Wild Geranium, Sweet White Violet, Showy Orchis, Doll Eyes, Jack-in-pulpit, Foam Flower, Dogwood, Dog Hobble, Cancer Root, Meadow Parsnip, Frazier Sedge, Early Buttercup, Toothwort, Solomon’s Seal, Star Chickweed, Stone Crop, Wild Phlox, Rue Anemone, Yellow Mandarin, Wild Ginger, Bishop Caps, Brook Lettuce, Lousewort, False Solomon’s Seal, Canadian Violet, Creamy Yellow Violet, Golden Ragwort, Prostrate Bluets, Large Flowered Trillium, May Apple, Blue Cohosh, White Fringed Phacelia, Wild Phlox, Sweet Cicely and Wild Strawberry. NOTE: At this time the blooms on this trail are outstanding especially the Showy Orchis, Foam Flowers, and Wild Phlox. For those wanting a good variety of wildflowers and a moderate walk this trail would most likely be enjoyable at this time.

Huskey Gap (From Little River Trail to Huskey Gap) – Yellow Trillium, Rue Anemone, May Apple, Sweet White Violet, Large Flowered Trillium, Dog Hobble, Squaw Root, Star Chickweed, Lousewort, Wild Oats, Wild Geranium, Dogwood, Meadow Parsnip, Silver Bell, Foam Flower, Rue Anemone, Solomon’s Seal, Yellow Mandarin, Toothwort, Blue Cohosh, Bishop Caps, Trillium Erect, Brook Lettuce, Early Butter Cup, Daisy Fleabane, and Frazier Magnolia. NOTE: A one spot about a mile up the trail the whole hillside is covered with Large Flowered Trillium (both below and above the trail). Unfortunately the heat, heavy rain, hail and insects have done a number on the blooms; however to me it is still a breath taking sight.

Cucumber Gap (Beginning to End) – Star Chickweed, Trillium Erect, Foam Flower, Solomon’s Seal, Sweet White Violet, Toothwort, Early Buttercup, Canadian Violet, Painted Trillium (Blooms small but still beautiful), Dog Hobble, Bowman’s Root (1), Dwarf Ginseng, Yellow Mandarin, Brook Lettuce, Blue Cohosh, Rue Anemone, Long Spurred Violet, Bishop Caps, Wild Geranium, Yellow Trillium, Silver Bells, Doll Eyes, Creamy Yellow Violet, Wild Phlox, Sweet Cicely, and May Apple.

April 4, 2012
On the first half mile of Chestnut Top: Purple Phacelia, Stone Crop, Trillium Erect, Yellow Trillium, False Solomon’s Seal, Sweet Cicely, Hairy Buttercup, Foam Flower, Solomon’s Seal, Rue Anemone, Star Chickweed, Bishop Caps, Silverbell, Brook Lettuce, Long Spurred Violet, Cancer Root, Common Blue Violet, Crested Dwarf Iris, Blackberry, Fire Pink, Daisy Fleabane, Cross Vine, Common Cinquefoil, Little Brown Jugs, Dog Hobble, Seersucker Sedge, Squaw Root, Yellow Mandarin, Sweet White Violet, Lousewort, Dogwood, Plantain Leaf Pussy Toe, Birdfoot Violet, Mountain Laurel (Just starting to bloom - 1 bush), Fraser’s Magnolia, Meadow Parsnip, Buttercup.

April 2, 2012
SPECIAL WILDFLOWER NOTICE: The first half mile of the trail from Newfound Gap Road has amazing displays of Crested Dwarf Iris. About 3/4 of a mile up the trail from 441 many of the flowers are at peak. This trail would be well worth hiking for those wanting to see a good variety of wildflowers at this time. Especially beautiful right now are the Large Flowered Trillium, Trillium Erect, Canadian Violets, Purple Phacelia, Common Blue Violets, and the Crested Dwarf Iris. At places the hillsides are covered with trillium in full bloom.

Sugarland Mountain Trail (From the Appalachian Trail to Huskey Gap) – Spring Beauty, Common Blue Violet, Sweet White Violet, Serviceberry, Prostrate Bluet, Trout Lily, Seersucker Sedge, Trailing Arbutus, Squirrel Corn, Large Flowered Trillium, Squaw Root, Star Chickweed, Witch Hobble, Wild Oats, Daisy Fleabane, Wood Anemone, Rue Anemone, Blue Cohosh, Yellow Trillium, Large Flowered Bellwort, Wild Geranium, Early Meadow Rue, Yellow Mandarin, Stonecrop,