Spring into the Smokies

SPRING INTO THE SMOKIES

 

There is nothing fresher than springtime in the North Carolina Smokies. As the mountains awake from their winter slumber and eagerly welcome the first blossoms of spring color, you will find the ideal seasonal getaway in the picturesque towns of WaynesvilleMaggie ValleyCantonClyde, and Lake Junaluska. Fondly referred to as “the other color season,” the area comes alive with the early blossoms of spring like daffodils, dogwoods and cherry blossoms.

Warmer days and mild evenings offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy a plethora of outdoor adventure and unique local hotspots amidst the scenic backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you’re looking for that special “off the beaten path” hiking excursion or an epicurean adventure, the North Carolina Smokies are serving up the freshest springtime experiences around.

SPRING HIKES

GRAVEYARD FIELDS

Graveyard Fields offers a great display of wildflowers common to the Blue Ridge Parkway, like rhododendron, larkspur, foamflower, jack-in-the-pulpit, evening primrose, bellflower and many more. Graveyard Fields features many blackberry and blueberry bushes, too. Park rules allow one gallon of blueberries per person per day. This area is very popular, so head out early to catch the blueberries while you can!

Directions:
Milepost 418.8
Difficulty: Easy-Intermediate
Mileage: 3.2 miles

SAM’S SUMMIT LOOP

The hike is composed of six different trails that form a loop and can be broken down into individual shorter hikes. Here, you can find features like the cascading Flat Laurel Creek Falls, incredible 360 views from the top of Sam’s Knob of Cold Mountain, Richland Balsam and Black Balsam, and even an opportunity to stroll through the dense quiet of a native spruce plantation. This a perfect hike!

Directions:
Hwy 215
Difficulty: Easy-Difficult
Mileage: 0.6-2.25

MAX PATCH

Hike a piece of the Appalachian Trail at Max Patch, one of North Carolina’s most popular Appalachian Trail hikes, on a grassy, bald mountain, rising 4,629 feet that’s covered in wildflowers. Catch a gorgeous sunrise, sunset or afternoon picnic on this moderate two mile loop with stunning 360-degree views. Hike through miles of wildflowers, wild blueberries, blackberries, and wispy, tall grasses.

Directions:
I-40 Harmen Den Exit
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Mileage: 1.4-mile short loop trail that crosses the summit.


FREE HIKING MAPS

Before you hit the trails, make sure to download a map of some of our favorite hikes:

PURCHASE KNOB

BLACKROCK MOUNTAIN

SAM’S SUMMIT

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COLD MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL

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MAY 31 – JUNE 1, 2019

After a wildly successful first year Lake Logan Conference Center will host the second Annual Cold Mountain Music Festival. This event raises funds and awareness for Lake Logan and Camp Henry. In addition to a day of top notch musical talent, the festival will feature a kids’ area, food and beverage vendors, and an after party at Sit n Whittle Village. 2018 lineup features Shovels & Rope, Mandolin Orange, River Whyless & The Steel Wheels, Jon Stickley Rio & the Broadcasts, and Jenny George Band.


LIVE MUSIC  •  FOOD TRUCKS  •  BEER VENDORS  •  WINE VENDORS  •  KIDS’ AREA  •  LOCAL BREWS  •  AFTER PARTY


Lake Logan Conference Center is located in Haywood County, North Carolina and is a stunning 300-acre property just 30 miles from Asheville. The centerpiece of the property is a mile-long lake surrounded by the Shining Rock Wilderness area of the Pisgah National Forest. Lake Logan is also the home of Camp Henry, a Christian summer camp and leadership program.

Tickets

On sale January 30th – purchase yours here.

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