In the summer of 2009 I saw a photo by Jeffrey Stoner of what looked like a magical place full of wildflowers. He told me it was White Oak Sinks in the Smokies and gave me directions to this land of wildflowers. I decided that was a definitely a place to put on my list of place to hike and photograph and June and I made the hike on April 30 this year.
That was just the beginning. We saw a forest floor carpeted with Phlox with different varieties of Trillium, Shooting Stars, Columbine, May Apples, Wild Ginger, Little Brown Jugs, and Dog Hobble. In addition to the flowers, there's also a bat cave, some old artifacts from earlier residents, and a waterfall that drops into Rainbow Cave.
This place is truly amazing with the number and varieties of wildflowers. Since they grow there naturally I've decided to call it God's Flower Garden.
After hiking down we took a drive through Cades Cove to check out the newly paved road. We saw one bear family in a tree and a beautiful sunset to finish up our day.
I posted 19 photos in my gallery. They are available in the White Oak Sinks Album in the Landscape Gallery.