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

Legend: + many– few

2014

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.

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2013

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.

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2012

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, Lousewort, Bishop Caps, Silver Bell, Toothwort, Pennywort, Solomon’s Seal, Canadian Violet, and Star Grass (1).

Huskey Gap Trail (From Huskey Gap to US 441) -  Frazier Magnolia, Creamy Yellow Violet, Halberd Leaf Violet, Squaw Root, Rue Anemone, Star Chickweed, Trillium Erect,  Silverbell, Yellow Trillium, Birdfoot Violet, Large Flowered Trillium, Large Flowered Bellwort, Early Meadow Rue, Bishop Caps, Blue Cohosh, Yellow Mandarin, Toothwort, Purple Phacelia, Foam Flower, Crested Dwarf Iris, Canadian Violet, Squirrel Corn, Wild Ginger, Solomon’s Seal, Showy Orchis (2), Stonecrop, Common Cinquefoil, Wild Geranium, and Sweet White Violet.

March 26, 2012 
Legend:   Many Blooms – (+)       Few Blooms – (-)        At Peak- (AP)         Beyond Peak – (BP)       Just starting to bloom (JS)

Rich Mountain Loop (Beginning to End) Common Cinquefoil (+AP), Plantain Leaf Pussy Toe (+AP), Birdfoot Violet (+AP), Common Blue Violet (+AP), Halberd Leaf Violet (-), Yellow Trillium (-), Rue Anemoe (+AP), Daisy Fleabane (-AP),  Carolina Vetch (AP), Hairy Buttercup (-), Trailing Arbutus (-BP), Dogwood (+AP), Star Chickweed (AP), Stone Crop (-JS),  Bloodroot (-BP), Wild Oats (-JS),  Crested Dwarf Iris (-JS),  Catesby Trillium (-JS), and Toothwort (-BP).

Crooked Arm (Beginning to End) – Common Blue Violet (+AP), Yellow Trillium (-), Common Blue Violet (AP)< Birdfoot Violet (+AP, Squaw Root (-JS), Star Chickweed (+AP), Rue Anemone (+AP), Plantain Leaf Pussy Toe (+AP), Crested Dwarf Iris (1), Catesby Trillium (-JS (5), Carolina Vetch (+AP), Silver Bell (-), Hairy Buttercup (-JS), Dogwood (AP), Trailing Arbutus (-BP), Halberd Leaf Violet (-JS), and Serviceberry (-AP).

Indian Grave (From Crooked Arm to Rich Mountain Loop) – Common Cinquefoil (+AP), Birdfoot Violet (+AP), Star Chickweed (-), Rue Anemone (+AP), Plantain Leaf Pussy Toe (+BP), Toothwort (+AP to BP), Common Blue Violet (+AP), Hairy Buttercup (-), Spring Beauty (-AP), Blood Root (-BP) (1), and Squaw Root (-JS).

March 20, 2012
Spring ephemeral wildflowers are now near peak at favorite viewing places like Chimneys Picnic Area (Cove Hardwood Nature Trail), Deep Creek, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Oconaluftee River Trail, Porters Creek Trail, Little River Road, Cucumber Gap Loop, and other lower elevation sites.

This year's bloom is a good three to four weeks earlier than average. You don't want to wait until mid-April to do your spring wildflower viewing this year.

Species in bloom include spring-beauty, white trillium, hepatica, violets, fringed phacelia, cut-leaved tooth-wort, and bishop's cap.

March 19, 2012
Legend:   *At Peak      +Many Blooms      -Few Blooms        JS- Just starting to bloom      BP- Beyond Peak

Porter Creek (Beginning to End) Foam Flower –JS, Star Chickweed +*, Creamy Yellow Violet +*, Bishop Caps –JS, Blood Root *, Yellow Trillium –JS, Rue Anemone +*, Daisy Fleabane –BP, Large Flowered Trillium, Sweet White Violet +*, Common Blue Violet +*, Toothwort –BP, Long Spurred Violet *, Wood Anemone +, Hepatica +*, Dwarf Gingsing –*, Trout Lily –BP, Spring Beauty +, Halberd Leaf Violet +*, White Fringed Phacelia +*, Wild Phlox –JS, Squirrel Corn –*, Dutchmen’s Breeches +*, Trillium Erect, Wild Geranium –, Wild Ginger –, Frazier Sedge *, Brook Lettuce –JS, Seersucker Sedge –BP, Prostrate Bluet –JS, and Common Cinquefoil –.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Between the “L” bridge and Fern Falls the White Fringed Phacelia is right at peak – well worth visiting.  Also the Rue Anemone, Hepatica, Dutchmen’s Breeches, Squirrel Corn, Spring Beauties, and Large Flowered Trillium are great at this time.

March 13, 2012
We’re having an unusually early wildflower season in the Smokies. The phacelia is already blooming on Porters Creek, which means we are already nearing the peak of the spring ephemerals. This is a good three weeks or more early.

It is already becoming a national story. Fortunately, the early wildflowers are coinciding with spring breaks this year, so people have the opportunity to enjoy the spring flowers .

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Llowers are already good on Porters Creek Trail, Huskey Gap Trail, and Little River Trail. Large patches of fringed phacelia are already coming into bloom, and some Dutchman's britches. With the warm weather forecast for this week, things should progress rapidly. This is one year you don't want to wait until mid-April to see the spring flowers!

March 5, 2012
Laurel Falls – (Beginning to End) Trailing Arbutus, Creamy Yellow Violet, Common Blue Violet (1), and Common Cinquefoil (1).

Cove Mountain – (Laurel Falls Trail to Park Headquarters) – Trailing Arbutus, Common Blue Violet, Sweet White Violet, and if you can imagine this Daisy Fleabane (1).

Note:   In the higher elevations it was difficult to see if there were flowers blooming because of snow cover.

March 2, 2012
Chestnut Top – (Beginning to End) Spring Beauty (+), Star Chickweed (+), Hepatica, Toothwort (-), Long Spurred Violet (-), Blood Root (-), Trailing Arbutus, Rue Anemone, and Sweet Pinesap.

February 20, 2012
Abrams Falls (From the beginning of the trail to the falls) – Star Chickweed (good number blooming) – Common Blue Violet (1) – Common Cinquefoil (2) and Trailing Arbutus (few).  Plantain Leaf Pussytoes are budded and will be blooming in a few days with mild weather.

Baxter Creek (Beginning to End) – First 2 miles from Big Creek – Star Chickweed, Rue Anemone, Hepatica, and Spring Beauties.

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November 23, 2011
Ace Gap (Beginning to End) – Mountain Gentian (2), Goldenrod Erect (1), and Curtiss Milkwort.

November 14
Rich Mountain (Beginning to End) – No blooming plants found.

Scott Mountain (Beginning to End) – Canadian Violet (1), Heart Leaf Aster, and Curtis Milkwort.

Chestnut Top (Beginning to End) – Curtis Milkwort, Sweet White Violet (1), Whitewood Aster, Goldenrod Erect, White Snakeroot, Star Chickweed (1), and Long Spurred Violet (14).

November 7
Chestnut Branch (Beginning to End) – No report – insufficient blooms.

Appalachian Trail (From Chestnut Branch to Lower Mt. Cammerer) – No Report – insufficient blooms.

Lower Mountain Cammerer (Beginning to End) – Heart Leaf Aster, Whitewood Aster, Goldenrod Erect, and Dwarf Crested Iris (1).

October 31
Rich Mountain Loop (Beginning to End) – Whitewood Aster, Curtis Aster, and Goldenrod Erect.

Indian Grave (From Rich Mountain Loop to Crooked Arm Trail) – No report – insufficient blooms.

Crooked Arm (Beginning to End) – No report – insufficient blooms.

October 10
Roundtop (Beginning to End) – Curtis Aster, False Foxglove, White Snakeroot, Curtiss Milkwort, Whitewood Aster, Pink Turtlehead, Mountain Gentian, Southern Harebell, Great Lobelia, Purple Gerardia, Black Eyed Susan, Heart-a-bustin, and Hawkweed.

October 3
Low Gap (From Cosby Campground to Low Gap) – White Snakeroot, Whitewood Aster, Pink Turtlehead, Pale Jewelweed, Goldenrod Erect, Filmy Angelica, Great Lobelia, and Mountain Gentian.

Appalachian Trail (From Low Gap to Mt. Cammerer Trail) – Love Vine, Goldenrod Erect, Southern Harebell (3), White Snakeroot, and Whitewood Aster.

Mt. Cammerer (Beginning to End) – Goldenrod Erect and White Snakeroot.

September 26
Fork Ridge Trail (Beginning to End) - White Snakeroot, Whitewood Aster, Goldenrod Erect, Curtis Aster, Great Lobelia (1), False Foxglove (2), Pale Jewelweed, White Top Aster, Lions Foot, and Mountain Gentian (Many beautiful blooms of the Gentian).

Deep Creek Trail (From Fork Ridge Trail to Newfound Gap Road) – White Top Aster, Goldenrod Erect, Mountain Gentian, Large Flowered Bellwort (1), Orange Jewelweed, White Snakeroot, Filmy Angelica, and Pale Jewelweed.

September 12
Rabbit Creek (From Abrams Creek Ranger Station to Hannah Mountain Trail) – Wild Golden Glow, Black Eyed Susan, Great Lobellia, White Top Aster, False Foxglove, Coreopsis, Sweet Goldenrod, Curtis Aster, Pokeweed, Southern Harebell, Joe Pye Weed, and Indian Pipe.

Hannah Mountain (From Rabbit Creek to #14) – No report – very few blooms.

August 29
Laurel Falls Trail (Beginning to End) - False Foxglove, Southern Harebell, Curtis Aster, Flowering Spurge, Coreopsis, Goldenrod Erect, Hawkweed, and White Top Aster.

Cove Mountain (Beginning to End) – Southern Harebell, White Top Aster, Goldenrod Erect, Mountain Gentian (2), White Snakeroot, False Foxglove, Curtiss Milkwort, Coreopsis, Flowering Spurge, Great Lobelia, Tick Trefoil (1), and Lion’s Foot*. * I have not seen Lion’s Foot previously.

As best as I can determine this is what I saw (page 368 “Wildflowers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians”).

Also, we saw another very beautiful wildflower which I have been unable to locate in any of the wildflower books that I have. My camera would not work. If I can get the camera to work and can arrange the time I will try to relocate that flower to make photos – plant about four and a half feet high – 6 petals on the blooms with a small yellowish bloom in the middle – blooms about a half inch by a half inch – no leaves on the stem. – located on the Cove Mountain Trail about a mile and a half from the junction with the Laurel Falls Trail on the right side headed toward Park Headquarters.

August 22
Appalachian Trail (From Newfound Gap to Boulevard Trail) – Whitewood Aster, Filmy Angelica, White Snakeroot, Pale Jewelweed, Love Vine, Heal All, Indian Pipe, Black Cohosh, Joe Pye Weed, Pink Turtlehead, and Goldenrod Erect.

Boulevard Trail (Beginning to End) – Whitewood Aster, Pink Turtlehead, Pale Jewelweed, White Snakeroot, Filmy Angelica, Goldenrod Erect, Indian Pipe, Michaux’s Saxifrage, Wild Golden Glow, Monkshood, and Grass of Parnassus. Note: The Grass of Parnassus display of blooms are close to full bloom. I have not seen this many blooms previously.

Alum Cave Bluff (Beginning to End) – White Snakeroot, Filmy Angelica, Liner Leaf Gentian, Grass of Parnassus, Whitewood Aster, Love Vine, Pale Jewelweed, Michaux’s Saxifrage, Goldenrod Erect, Mountain Krigia, and Joe Pye Weed. Note: The display of the Grass of Parnassus and Liner Left Gentian blooms are fantastic – well worth the hike up to the last mile of the trail before reaching Mt. LeConte.

LeConte Lodge Area – White Snakeroot, Filmy Angelica, Pale Jewelweed, Pink Turtlehead, Crimson Bee Balm, and Wild Golden Glows.

August 15
Curry Mountain (Beginning to End)- Southern Harebell, Goldenrod Erect, Star Grass (1), Curtiss Milkwort, Coreopsis, and Yellow Fringed Orchid (1).

Meigs Mountain (From Curry Mountain Trail to Jakes Creek Trail) – White Top Aster, Asiatic Day Flower (1), Heal All (1), Coreopsis, Wood Nettle, and Goldenrod Erect.

August 8
Anthony Creek (Beginning to End) - Love Vine, Wood Nettle, Coreopsis, Pale Jewelweed, White Top Aster, Whitewood Aster, and Pink Turtlehead (2).

Bote Mountain (From Anthony Creek to the A T) – Wild Golden Glow, Pale Jewelweed, Orange Jewelweed, Joe Pye Weed, White Top Aster, Whitewood Aster, Crimson Bee Balm, Wood Nettle, Love Vine, Filmy Angelica, and Heal All.

Appalachian Trail (From Jenkins Ridge Trail to Russell Field Trail) – Love Vine, Southern Harebell, Crimson Bee Balm, Orange Jewelweed, White Snakeroot, Heal All, Goldenrod Erect, and Joe Pye Weed.

Russell Field Trail (Beginning to End) – Crimson Bee Balm, Yellow Fringed Orchid (3), Whitewood Aster, Love Vine, Rattlesnake Plantain (2), White Snakeroot, Heal All, Large Bell Flower, Goldenrod Erect, Joe Pye Weed, White Top Aster, Tick Trefoil, and Early Goldenrod.

August 1
Little River (Beginning to Rough Creek Trail) – Rosebay Rhododendron (2), Heal All, Wood Nettle, Pale Jewelweed, Orange Jewelweed, Crimson Bee Balm, Blackeyed Susan, Wild Hydrangea (1), Tall Bellflower (AG), White Snakeroot (JB), Whitewood Aster, and Wild Golden Glow.
Note: Displays of Black Eyed Susan and Wild Golden Glows are nice.

Rough Creek (Beginning to End) – Crimson Bee Balm, Wild Golden Glow, Black Eyed Susan, Coreopsis, Indian Pipe (2), Large Bell Flower (AG), Pale Jewelweed, Rattlesnake Plantain (AG), Whitewood Aster, Wood Nettle, Love Vine, and Pokeweed (1). Displays of Wild Golden Glows and Black Eyed Susan are good.

Sugarland Mountain (From Rough Creek to Huskey Gap) – Rattlesnake Plantain (AG), Love Vine, False Foxglove, Southern Harebell, Crimson Bee Balm, Wood Nettle, Large Bell Flower, Star Grass (1), Smooth Hedge Nettle (1), Yellow Fringed Orchid (very beautiful), Goldenrod Erect, Coreopsis, Wild Golden Glows, Pale Jewelweed, and Turks Cap Lily (3) (AG).

Huskey Gap (From Huskey Gap to Little River Trail) – Heal All, Rattlesnake Plantain (AG), Coreopsis, Crimson Bee Balm, Star Grass, Large Bell Flower, Wild Golden Glow and Asiatic Dayflower.

Cucumber Gap (Beginning to End) – No Report because very few blooms; however I found flowers blooming which I have been unable to identify – appears to be either from the Orchid or Lily family.

July 25
Lumber Ridge (Beginning to End) – Yellow Fringed Orchid, Curtis Milkwort, Turks Cap Lily (2), Starry Campion, Wild Hydrangea (2), Reclining St. Andrew’s Cross, Rattlesnake Plantain, Star Grass, and Goldenrod Erect (?).

Meigs Mountain (from Lumber Ridge Trail to Curry Mountain Trail) – Pokeweed, Rattlesnake Plantain, Wood Nettle, and Black Cohosh.

July 18
Middle Prong (Beginning to End) – Rosebay Rhododendron, Rattlesnake Plantain, Wood Nettle, Thimbleweed, Heal All, Crimson Bee Balm, White Clover, Summer Sweet, Whitewood Aster, Common St. John’s Wort, Pale Jewel Weed, Orange Jewel Weed, Daisy Fleabane, and Common Yellow Wood Sorrel.

Greenbrier Ridge (Beginning to End) – Love Vine, Daisy Fleabane, Indian Pipe, Crimson Bee Balm, Rosebay Rhododendron, Wood Nettle, Whitewood Aster, Black Cohosh, Pale Jewel Weed, Rattlesnake Plantain, Wild Golden Glow, and White Snakeroot (Just Starting to bloom).

Appalachian Trail (From Greenbrier Ridge Trail to Derrick Knob Shelter) – Crimson Bee Balm, Basil Bee Balm, Whitewood Aster, Yarrow, and Turks Cap Lily (1). Note: There are many Basil Bee Balm, and they are putting on an excellent display.

July 11
Rainbow Falls (Beginning to End) – Black Cohosh, Rosebay Rhododendron, White Top Aster, Rugels Indian Plantain, Whitewood Aster, Wood Nettle, Summer Sweet, Turks Cap Lily, Wood Sorrel, Love Vine, Crimson Bee Balm, Wild Golden Glow, Galax, Yellow Touch-Me-Not (1), Wild Hydrangea, Bush Honey Suckle, White Snakeroot (just started blooming), Indian Pipe, Pink Turtle Head, (1) and Michaux Saxifrage. Note: Rosebay Rhododendrons are at peak a couple of miles up the trail up to about 6200 feet. Nice display of Wild Golden Glows and Crimson Bee Balm.

Bull Head (Beginning to End) – Rugels Indian Plantain (at peak), Michaux Saxifrage, Turks Cap Lily, Wood Sorrel, Bush Honey Suckle, Wild Hydrangea, Wild Golden Glow, Whitewood Aster, Tassel Rue, Crimson Bee Balm, Love Vine, Rosebay Rhododendron, Canadian Violet, Rattlesnake Plantain, Star Grass (1), Summer Sweet, Wood Nettle, Coreopsis, Black Cohosh, White Top Aster, Sour Wood and Yellow Fringed Orchid (JSB). Turks Cap Lilies, Crimson Bee Balm, Wild Golden Glows, and Rosebay Rhododendron display