Introduction:The Appalachian Mountains are so beautiful and fragrant during the Spring season that it takes your breath away. There are so many types of flowers native to the Smokies that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is sometimes referred to as "Wildflower National Park."
This popular 5-day event held in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park showcases the diversity of the park's flowering plants. Programs held in the park are outdoors, while Gatlinburg, TN hosts several indoor venues. The 2014 dates are April 15 - 19.
Learn where your clothes come from - start to finish - at one of the region's premier festivals devoted to spinning, weaving, and knitting natural fabrics. The small town of Townsend, TN (about 40 miles from Gatlinburg) is hosting this free weekend festival April 11 - 12, 2014. Visit with live llamas, goats, sheep, & rabbits, learn how to fibers are harvested, turned into thread, and woven into garments and art objects. Admission is free, but there is a charge for classes.
This one-day event is worth the trip if you're a wine aficionado or foodie. A $20 ticket allows you to sample wines from all over Tennessee and taste of the best small dishes from fine dining restaurants in the Smokies. Attend classes on wine/food pairings, and more.
During the 3-month Spring festival that runs March through early-June, the mountains transform from frosty to fabulous. The festivals include: Easter arts and crafts show, April's "Ribfest and Wings," and the Scottish Festival held in May.
The incredible biodiversity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. The annual Earth Day Festival is a family-friendly event where you can learn about the region, enjoy music, food, crafts, and more.
Spring in the Smokies is often less crowded than during the summer months. You can enjoy a leisurely trip to the beautiful mountains free of some of the traffic jams that summer visitors battle. Even better, you can often find off-season rates and special deals at Gatlinburg's many hotels, B&Bs, inns, and luxury mountain cabins.
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