Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage “The pilgrims are coming! The pilgrims are coming!” Join the 63rd Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage’s enthusiastic participants April 23-27 in Gatlinburg. Activities during the much-anticipated event include educational hikes, motorcades, photography tours, and indoor programs, all celebrating the flora, fauna, and cultural history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The event opens with a luncheon April 24, during which guest speaker Ila Hatter will explain Cherokee plant lore. The day, which has been set aside in recognition of the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears, will feature other indoor programs including a talk on Cherokee culture. Randy McGinnis will perform a live Native American flute program later that evening.

The “Smokies Life” reception is set for Thursday evening, while the Photography Contest Awards Ceremony are Friday night, both prior to the evening programs which are open to the public at no charge.

Artists, craftsmen, and plant vendors will be on-site for those wanting to take home a special remembrance of the event.

For more information on photography contest rules, program scheduling, and to register online, visit the website: www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org.

From the cub report put out by the Great Smoky Mountain Association. Become a MEMBER of Great Smoky Mountains Association today.  You’ll receive discounts at our park stores of up to 25% and receive premiums like Smokies Life magazine and the Bearpaw newsletter.  Most importantly, you’ll be helping protect nature and history in the Smokies.

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