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Hello everyone,  I have a camping trip coming up with my wife on April 18-20.  We will be hiking up Big Creek and staying at Lower Walnut Bottoms on the first night and then going over to campsite 35 on the Lower Mount Cammerer trail for the second night and then on out to the Ranger Station.  We were wondering how the wildflower season was shaping up in that area of the park?  Is it looking like an early bloom with all the crazy weather this year or is that going to push it out to later May?  Will we be to early to see much?  Thanks for any thoughts.

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hey Derrick.  i haven't gotten out much at all this year. but, anecdotally it seems things have been late so far, at least over here in Middle Tenn.

here's a good place to check for updates:
http://smokiesinformation.org/nature-wildlife/wildflower-updates/


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Thanks so much for the link.  That is exactly what what I was looking for!

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I got this today from the GSMNP:

A hard freeze is predicted tonight, with temperatures forecast to drop to the upper teens in the foothills. What will this do to the wildflowers that are blooming now? Spring has been slow to get started in the mountains and temperatures have been on the cool side, so the wildflower season is about two weeks behind “normal” this year. We’re still seeing mainly the earliest-blooming species such as hepatica, bloodroot, spring beauties, trailing arbutus, and some early violets. These hardy, little plants are adapted to changeable springtime temperatures. They also grow low to the ground, where the moist earth buffers the extremes of temperature. Some of the spring wildflowers may look “frost burned” after tonight’s frigid temperatures, but they will survive to flower again next year.
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Oh well, we may be a good bit early to catch much of the show :/   I still cant wait to get out there!

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Might be a little late but last weekend I was still seeing spring beauties, bloodroot and violets (this was before the freeze) but it has really greened up in the lower elevations in the last few days so I'm guessing you are hitting this at the perfect time.
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Thanks!  We just got back and you are right it was beautiful!  There were trillium everywhere and several of the hillsides were blanketed.  Couldnt have asked for a much better trip.  Well maybe less mice at the walnut bottoms campsite....

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Well maybe less mice at the walnut bottoms campsite....





ha....

that site is worse than any of the shelters in the park.....

but, it boils down to being a heavily used site.........

and with a site being used as much as it is, problems will tend to happen....
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