Signs of Life at the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Gatlinburg is alive and well and what better way to celebrate life and rejuvenation than by partaking in the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage.

If your trip timing to White Oak Lodge and Resort allows, you could be “on trail” one or more days between April 11-15.

Registration is now open, and here’s what you get.

  • The unique experience of seeing the first stage of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s recovery after the recent wildfires
  • Good company with more than 700 people from all over the U.S. who come to Gatlinburg specifically for this event
  • The expertise of faculty, instructors and experts, including some from the University of Tennessee’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
White Oak Lodge and Resort
Experts identify plant species in the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Your choice of 148 guided walks or evening talks
  • Personalized commemorative t-shirt
  • Fascinating topics, including:
Wildflower programs
Birding programs
Wildfire ecology programs
Events on a number of flora and fauna including insects, bears, mosses, fungi and many more
Bird and wildflower photography and sketching

You can go for one day or several. Registration fees are $50 per person for a single day and $75 for two or more days. You can see the schedule of events here.

You know an event is good when it has been around for 67 years! If you can’t make this iconic event in Gatlinburg this year, it’s never too early to book your White Oak Lodge and Resort stay for next year.

Have you been on the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage? Tell us about your experience.

Photos courtesy of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actress (and active) with local community and city theatre.