Springtime in the Smokies
April 1 – May 30 – Know and Grow Wild Flowers Hope Ward, owner of Hedgewood Gardens, 6 acres with more than 400 varieties of wildflowers, will help you identify these beautiful plants. She can take you on a tour of her nearby gardens. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes for walking. Reservations call (865)984-2052
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wildflower Walks
Throughout April and May
April 2 – Herb and Wildflower Day
Townsend Visitor Center, 9-5 pm
Visit with expert botanists, photographers, and naturalists, buy locally grown plants, delicious baked goods, & fine handmade pottery. Take a short walk in the woods or a longer exploration of a special place. See what to do at www.smokymountains.org
April 16 – Birds of the Smokies
Learn how to identify birds with your ears in addition to your eyes. Fred Alsop, leading bird expert and author of the official guidebook, "Birds of the Smokies" will introduce you to pursuing birds and identifying them. Fred will lecture with a slide show Saturday evening and early Sunday morning take us birding in Laurel Valley.
Easter Sunrise Service at Richmont's Chapel-in-the-Woods.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wildflower Walks Continue throughout May
May 6-7 – Townsend in the Smokies Spring Festival and Old Timers Day
Townsend Visitors Center, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm each day
Bluegrass music, arts and crafts, Appalachian skills, wildflower walks and garden tours, storytelling, BBQ contest, antique cars and tractors. Also visit the festival's website: www.smokymountainfestivals.org
May 13-15 – Trout Fest, Townsend Visitor Center
Townsend Visitors Center
A special event to highlight Smoky Mountain streams, fishing and conservation. Selling fishing know-how, artwork,and equipment. For details, call Little River Outfitters at 865-448-9459
May 20-22 – Smoky Mountain Scottish Highland Games
At nearby Maryville College
Call 865-448-6134 and see their website for details.
May 27,28 & 29 – Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Richmont Inn - (Saturday afternoon)
Enjoy a good ole fashioned cookout at the Inn. It won't be the traditional hamburgers and hot dogs but "gourmet all the way." We'll provide the food ($20.00 per person) and fun, plus our selection of fine wines and imported beers.
June 1-16 – Elkmont: Synchronized Firefly Light Show
The GSNP is one of the few places in the world where this natural phenomenon occurs. The first half of June you will want to visit Elkmont, the home of a fantastic light show of fireflies flashing simultaneously. It's a thrill for beholders, 865-448-6134.
June 3-4 – Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival
June 3, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm & June 4, 9:00 am -5:00 pm
Enjoy the skilled artisans and see pottery being made at this juried show with 35 booths. Featured guests potters are Melissa Maney and Peter Rose. There will be demonstrations, a special firing, children's tent, music, and good food. This is an officially sanctioned event of the 75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. See our new festival website: www.smokymountainfestivals.org This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission
June 12-30 – Gregory's Bald Mountain Azaleas Ablaze
Take this popular hike and see what caused the famous botanist William Bartram to exclaim: _"We are alarmed with the apprehension of the hills being set on fire. This is certainly the most gay and brilliant shrubbery yet known."
September 3,4 & 5 – Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at Richmont Inn - (Saturday afternoon)
On Saturday afternoon, enjoy a good old fashioned cookout at the Inn. It won't be the traditional hamburgers and hot dogs, but "gourmet all the way." We'll provide the food ($20.00 per person) and fun, plus our selection of fine wines and imported beers. Please call us at (865)448-6751 for menu details and to make your reservation.
October 1-November 15. Unmatchable Autumn colors in the trees of the Smokies.
Usually the colors are the best in the higher elevations during the first two to three weeks and best in the lower elevations in the last two two to three weeks.
Innkeepers will be happy to provide suggestions on what to do, where to go, and how to get there for all outdoor activities; biking, hiking, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, tubing, rafting, swimming, wild flower walks, arts/crafts/antique shopping, and theatre. We'll save you time and effort.