22 Absolutely Beautiful Places for Spring Blooms in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains, any time of the year are stunning and beautiful, but there is just something about Spring, and seeing the mountains come alive again after the dormant winter, that is well ... just magical.

Spring in the Blue Ridge

You can go pretty much anywhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains during Spring to see lots of beautiful Spring colors, but there are a few places that are exceptional.

We asked the more than 70,000 members of our Blue Ridge Mountain Life Facebook group, for their favorite places to visit in the Spring.   Wow, did they ever deliver.

This article highlights 22 of top picks from our Blue Ridge Mountain Life Group for absolutely beautiful places for to visit in the Spring, in the Blue Ridge Mountains ... 

Wait a second ... You aren't a member of our Facebook Group? What?? You're really missing out!  

Now where were we ... Oh Yes!  The Top 22 Absolutely Beautiful Places for Spring Blooms in the Blue Ridge Mountains!


Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate

Spring at Biltmore Estate

By far, one of the best places to see spring blooms in Biltmore House, during Biltmore Blooms.  This world renown garden has something in bloom from Spring to Fall, but there is just something exceptional about Spring.  From the Azalea Gardens, to the thousands of Tulips, this is a sight you will not want to miss.


Big Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Spring at Big Creek

Spring Blooms, at Mouse Creek Falls, in Big Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Big Creek, on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a beautiful and popular place.  This once very active logging area and camp, is now a beautiful mountain getaway, with big creek, waterfalls, hiking trails, camping, and of course tons of wildflowers.


Porters Creek Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Porters Creek Wildflowers

Along Porters Creek Trail in Greenbrier

Porters Creek Trail, located on the Gatlinburg side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is a popular hiking trail year round.  But in the Spring, this already wonderful trail turns magical, as a portion of it becomes carpeted with white Fringed Phacelia, for acre after acre.  The scene is almost breath-taking.

Scattered along the trail are many other wildflowers as well, including Trillium.


Looking Glass Falls, Pisgah National Forest

One of the most beautiful, biggest and most popular water falls in the Blue Ridge Mountains is Looking Glass Falls.  The Falls are roadside near Brevard NC, and fun to view and explore.  You'll often find many people swimming in the cool and crisp waters at the base.

If you look around and down the creek, you'll find its banks full of beautiful wildflowers and green moss in the Spring.    Get there early, it gets busy and full quickly!


Apple Orchard Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

Apple Orchard Falls Virginia

Located off the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Sunset Fields at MP 78.4, you'll find the moderate trail down to Apple Orchard Falls.  The Falls are worth the hike, but the hike itself is the real gem.  Full of bridges, creek crossings, and waterfalls!


Chestoa Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway

Chestoa Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway

Photo courtesy of Kristina Plaas

One of the more popular stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway is Chestoa Overlook (MP320), and for good reason.  It's a nice short hike, that offers stunning views, all times of the year, but especially in the Spring as the trees begin to fill out.   You'll definitely want to be sure to visit this one!


See the Ponies at Grayson Highlands State Park

Ponies at Grayson Highlands State Park

Visit Grayson Highlands State Park, and see the Ponies and lots of different wildflowers and Rhododendron on the Rhododendron Trail.  Grayson Highlands State Park is located in Virginia, just north of the North Carolina Border


Spring Blooms at Hamilton Gardens, GA

See all of the beautiful spring blooms, flowers and colors at this 20+ acre lakeside woodland garden paradise.   The garden has one of the largest collections of rhododendron in the southeast.  Hamilton Gardens is at Lake Chatuge in GA, just outside of Hiawassee.


Cove Hardwood Nature Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Located near Chimney Tops in the Chimney Tops Picnic area, this 0.8 mile loop trail is full of beautiful wildflowers, and in particular, Fringed Phacelia which carpets the forrest floor with beautiful white flowers.   Great spring hike, especially with kids.


Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

Regardless of whether you drive the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, or just sections of it, you're bound to see tons of spring blooms and color beginning in March and running through the late Fall.  The  combination of incredible views and spring flower makes for magical combination.


Roan Mountain State Park, TN

Roan Mountain State Park encompasses more than 2,000 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges.   Spring wildflowers and Rhododendron can be seen all throughout the park on the numerous trails, at the top of balds, and other scenic views.   Photo by: Yoho Images by Jeremy Yoho 


Craggy Gardens, Blue Ridge Parkway

Craggy Gardens, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just outside of Asheville NC is a gorgeous area to see primarily Rhododendron, but numerous other high elevation wildflowers in the Spring.   Craggy also provides incredible 360 degree scenic views.  Be sure to visit the picnic area as well, for more wildflowers.   Photo by: Making Memories Photography


Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

Lake Lure replaced an older bridge with a new one, and instead of tearing down the old one, they turned it into a beautiful and magical flower garden!   This unique garden is gorgeous spring into  Fall, and should definitely be on your "to visit" list when in the area.


Kephart Prong Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Kephart Prong Trail - Mountain Laurel

Kephart Prong trail, is located directly off Highway 441 through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this moderate trail is full history, creekside hiking, bridges, and of course tons of wildflowers, including Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel in the spring.  Makes for a great family hike.


North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville NC

NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is a real hidden gem, located in Asheville NC, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.    The Arboretum has more than 65 acres of cultivated gardens that "delight the senses, pay tribute to the region’s rich cultural heritage and reinforce the importance of plants to our world." Walking the gardens, especially in the spring, is a wonderful experience, that will re-connect you with nature.   


Mabry Mill and the Meadows of Dan

Spring at Mabry Mill

One of the most iconic locations on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mabry Mill is always a great stop on the parkway to take a break, but to especially take photos.  In the spring, when the mill is surrounded by Blooming Rhododendron, it's beautiful and makes for some amazing photos.   Be sure to walk around the mill, and eat at the restaurant.


Natural Bridge Virginia

Natural Bridge is one the nations natural wonders, and is really a site to see.   The "bridge" itself is of course the main attraction for nearly everyone, but what many don't realize is that Natural Bridge is home to numerous spring wildflowers.   Walking along the trail and exploring the creek, you'll find some beautiful blooms, and a large variety of species.


Crabtree Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway

Crabtree Falls

One of the most popular and beautiful waterfalls on the Blue Ridge Parkway is Crabtree Falls.  The Falls are beautiful year-round.  Wildflowers and spring blooms do grow around the Falls some, but you'll find most of them on the trail heading to the falls and back out.  


Deep Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Deep Creek section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a wonderful place to visit.   During the spring, the trails are full of beautiful wildflowers, including Trillium, Rhododendron, and numerous others.   Summer is busy with tubers, and the Fall colors are just beautiful.    The area also has 3, gorgeous waterfalls very close to each other.   This should definitely be on your spring list!


Hawksbill Mountain, Linville Gorge

Hawks Bill Mountain, Linville Gorge

Linville Gorge is often called the Grand Canyon of the east, and for good reason, as you can see in the photo above.   Hiking up to the top of Hawksbill mountain provides incredible views of the surrounding mountains and the gorge.   In the spring, the peaks are covered with beautiful Rhododendron, and the trails full of wildflowers.  Photo by: Making Memories Photography


Sam's Knob, Pisgah National Forest

While the hike up to the top of Sam's Knob is well worth it, it is moderate to strenuous.  But the good news, is the hiking the meadow, where all the wildflowers are is short and easy.   If you love spring wildflowers, the meadow is a place you'll want to see.  Surrounded by beautiful mountains, and full of wildflowers of all colors, it's just beautiful.


Pink Beds, Pisgah National Forest

Pink Beds, located near the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest is a 5 mile loop hike that takes you through various different types of forest, and "bogs".   The trail is full of different types of plant life, including beautiful spring blooms and wildflowers.

Out of these 22 amazing places, we hope you find a few to visit!   Be sure to tell us in the comments, which was your favorite and tell us about your adventures.  Be sure to share your photos in our Blue Ridge Mountain Life Group on Facebook too!

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About the author

Larry Deane is co-owner of Blue Ridge Mountain Life. He has spent more than 20 years exploring the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and has a deep passion for nature, history, storytelling, and adventure. Along with his wife Jenn, they combined these passions to create Blue Ridge Mountain Life, a travel guide to these stunning mountains they are fortunate to call home.

Larry has more than 20 years of experience as a writer and journalist, and has established himself as a leading voice and expert for Blue Ridge Mountains. He is also an avid hiker, photographer, and videographer. He loves sharing his mountain adventures and knowledge with more than 500,000 people per month on Blue Ridge Mountain Life.


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