Smoky Mountain Wildflower Pilgrimage 2012

About the PilgrimageJoin us in Gatlinburg as we celebrate the beauty of spring at the 62nd annual Wildflower Pilgrimage! 

The 62nd Smoky Mountain Wildflower Pilgrimage is a 4 day event offering 134 professionally guided walks and indoor presentations which explore the region’s rich wildflowers, fauna, ecology, cultural and natural history.

Most programs are conducted on the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while indoor offerings are held in Mills Conference Center and Sugarlands Training Room in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. All programs will be held rain or shine.

The 2012 Smoky Mountain Wildflower Pilgrimage will be held from April 25th through April 28, 2012. Online registration just started! Plan your trip to Gatlinburg now!


Wednesday through Saturday, there are all sorts of walks and hikes scheduled, with something for everyone! Take a short easy walk on the Cove Hardwood Nature Trail, a wildflower hotspot (program #3). If you are up for something more rigorous, sign up for the Road Prong Trail Wildflower Hike (program #23), a 5-mile moderate to strenuous trek starting at Newfound Gap.

Be prepared and download a printable Wildflower Checklist.

If you would like to learn about something other than wildflowers, there are plenty of opportunities for that too! Take a Fern Walk (programs 4, 58, 70, 123), a Bugs and Butterflies Walk (program #s 41, 75, 78), or a Black Bear and Wild Hog Walk (programs: 32, 66, 106).

Interested in history? Maybe you should sign up for Cultural History Walk (program #s18, 36, 45, 69, 79, 95, 116). Download a 2012 Wildflower Pilgrimage brochure to see the full schedule of hikes and workshops offered.

Exhibitors, Artists, & Merchants

Exhibits, Artists & Merchants

A gallery of exhibitors, artists, native plant vendors, and merchants located in Mills Conference Center will be open to the public during the pilgrimage at the followinghours:
Tuesday 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
Wednesday–Friday 8:00 AM–9:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM–Noon

Photography Competition

Photographers are invited to enter the 2012 photography competition. Entry categories include: 1. Flora 2. Fauna 3. Landscape 4. Youth Produced.

Winners for each category will be determined by the votes of registered pilgrims.

Register Now



On Site Registration: 
On-site registration will be held at Mills Conference Center, April 24-28, at the following times:

Tuesday 5 PM–9 PM
Wednesday–Friday 7 AM–1 PM & 5 PM–7:30 PM
Saturday 7 AM–12 PM

Please have your program choices and alternative selections, as well as your credit card information, in hand when you register on-site. A handy “Program Planner” is available on page to record your program choices.

 Registration Fees: 
All events are covered by the following registration fees, except for Wednesday’s luncheon event, program number 9. This event costs $25.00 and registration is not required to attend.

 $50 for one day
$75.00 for two or more days

$10 for one or more days (high school/colldge status will be verified at on-site registration with school id required)

Children under 12
Free (must be accompanied by a registered adult. All children must be registered for the program they are attending)


Payment may be made with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit cards (cash or check at on-site registration only).

Refunds are NOT provided and your fees will be used as a contribution to help support this event.


 Register Now!

 ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.


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