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Wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains

June 23, 2017

While much can be said about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s diverse wildlife, the Smokies are also home to over 1,500 kinds of flowering plants and wildflowers.

For this reason the park is sometimes called the “Wildflower National Park.”

What can you expect to see this season?

Each summer, we’re thrilled to see such flowers as bright red cardinal flowers, Turk’s cap lily, bee-balm, jewel weed, and pink turtleheads. You’ll be able to get a glimpse of most of these plants during your rafting adventure.

Our guides are well-versed in the history of the area and love to tell fun stories about Smoky Mountains plants and wildlife.

Interestingly, because of the park’s climate and level of rainfall, the Smoky Mountains is particularly vulnerable to what the National Park Service calls “non-native invasive plants.”

These plants were introduced into the park by human activity and often threaten the native ecosystem of the Smokies.

Want to see these wildflowers for yourself?

Make sure to complete your trip to the Smokies with a white water rafting adventure! Call 866-333-RAFT today, or book your trip on the Pigeon River today. With trips starting at just $21.95, it’s the most fun and affordable way to see the Smokies.

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