We hiked a trail we have driven past over a hundred times but never hiked. The Chestnut Top Trail starts near the Townsend Tennessee park entrance. We found the first half mile on that trail was one of the best wildflower trails we have been on. After that, the flowers thinned out a bit, which was a good thing. It probably took an hour to go the first half mile because I was continuously stopping to shoot the next flower. We saw flowers along the entire length of the trail, including more Lady Slippers that we had ever seen before. These were about a week from peak bloom.
|Pink Lady Slipper|
|Fire Pink and Dwarf Crested Iris|
White Oak Sinks is a paradise for wildflower lovers. We found it was a bit past peak when we got there. Also, the park service has closed off the area around the cave and the waterfall to protect the bats from White Nose Syndrome. I don't think the waterfall will be closed off all year. Check with the park service before going.
We also visited several spots along the Little River Road and spent some time at the Chimneys Picnic Area, which is always a good spot for wildflowers.
|Bear Cub After His Nap|
We had a great two days and am looking forward to spending more time in nature.
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