I made it back to Chimneys Picnic Area and the Cove Hardwood trail early morning and was the first car there at 720am. I made around the entire trail and saw more flowers blooming there than I have ever seen all at one time. Trout Lilies, White Fringed Phacelia, White Erect Trillium, Yellow Trillium, Large-flowered Trillium, Bishop’s Cap, Dwarf Ginseng, violets, Squirrel Corn, Yellow Mandarin, Solomon’s-seal, and more. The floor is carpeted with White Fringed Phacelia and there are huge groups of Large-flowered Trillium. If you can get there in the next 4-5 days, this is the most spectacular display I have seen in 20 years..
March 28, 2012
Smokies Spring Scouting March 27