An Early Spring ~ The Smokies are blooming early!

Folks who go looking for the Smokies’ annual spring color show at the normal times this year may think the wildflowers are pulling a little late April Fools’ prank on them.

While the spectacular display of blooms are usually at their peak in the latter weeks of April, this year spring blooming started in some areas as early as January and is likely to be waining by the time the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage treks out April 25-28. With temperatures well above normal and relatively little snow, one can hardly blame the plants for being confused about what season it is.

“This year is definitely different,” Park Ranger and Naturalist Carey Jones said. “This is my 20th spring here and this is the earliest I’ve ever seen anything bloom.”

Read more: The Mountain Press – Splashes of Smokies color Spring turns national park green early

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  1. UPDATE!!!

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Officials of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park say mild weather probably had a lot to do with March being a record month for visits.

    Park spokesman Bob Miller noted that 611,326 people came to the Smokies last month. The figure broke the previous March record of 564,878 visits set in 2007.

    March 2012 visits to the 500,000-acre park on the Tennessee-North Carolina border jumped 21.7 percent over March 2011. That brought the year-to-date figure to 19.5 percent more visits than at this point last year.

    Through March, just over 200,000 more people have come to the Smokies than in the first three months of 2011.

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