Usually when we visit the Smoky Mountains it is Summer or Fall or around Christmas. This year we visited during early Spring and saw the mountains as they were waking up from winter.
On our arrival in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg we found spring flowers and trees everywhere in the landscape and decorations.
Trees covered in these pink flowers were all over Galtlinburg.
Dogwoods were plentiful in both towns and also in the mountains.
As we began to explore the mountains we found wildflowers everywhere-under the trees, beside mountain streams, by the road side and trail paths.
This early in the season there was less undergrowth around the mountain streams which made it easier to explore. I noticed a lot more moss growing on the rocks which makes the pictures of the streams even better.
Because of spring rains the streams are full of water and sometimes even new waterfalls created.
The Smoky Mountains is a great place to be in the springtime!