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The Colors of Spring – Wildflowers, 'Greening' Mountains and Locally-grown Strawberries
The Spring 'greening' is now working its way up the mountains. The valleys are already a lush green and soon the peaks of the Smokies will match. Driving down the mountain from Clingmans Dome, you can watch the progression of Spring in fast-forward. And along the way, be sure to keep an eye out for wildflowers.
The highly varied vegetation of the Smoky Mountains includes approximately 1,500 species of native flowering herbs, shrubs and trees. And the spring ephemerals are poking their heads up looking for sun before the trees completely leaf out.
In May, look for crested dwarf iris, trillium, phacelia, trout lily, silverbell and jack-in-the-pulpit.
Take a look at our Wildflower Blooming Calendar and plan a trip to see the Smokies in Spring!
Download a printable PDF map of the Deep Creek trails and waterfalls.
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It's a great reference guide to events, places to stay and dine, and things to do... right here in the Smokies.
Nantahala Gorge to Host 2013 World Championships
Up to 300 paddlers from forty-plus countries and spectators in the thousands will flock to the Nantahala Gorge, September 2-8 for the 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships
If you're entertained by the spins, flips, turns and tricks of freestyle snowboarders, surfers and skaters, or the half-pipe freestyle event in skateboarding, you'll love freestyle kayaking. It's the X-Games for whitewater.
Things To Do in the Smokies
Upcoming Events in the North Carolina Smokies
Swain County Heritage Festival - May 24-25. Friday night gospel (6-9 pm). Saturday (10 am - 6:30 pm) music, clogging, contests, crafts, kids games, food and more! Riverfront Park.
Cherokee Memorial Trout Fishing Tournament. May 31-June 2. $11 entry fee, $10,00 in tagged fish. More info
Rainy Day? There's still plenty to do in the Smokies. For some suggestions, click here (pdf)
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Men's Journal magazine featured Bryson City as a "Top Ten Best Summer Mountain Town" in it's Annual Adventure issue. Keeping company with Taos, NM; Crested Butte, CO; Ketchum, ID and Park City, UT; Bryson was the only Southeastern town on the list. Nice mentions of Soda Pops, Freight Hoppers, NOC, and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
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"Postcards From The Smokies" chronicles the landmarks and activities that make the Smokies a great place to live and visit.