ABOUT THE PILGRIMAGE
The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is a 69-year old annual event in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park featuring professionally-guided walks, exhibits, and other learning opportunities to explore the region's rich natural and cultural resources. More than 850 pilgrims from more than 32 states and several countries joined us in 2018. Our programs included fungi, ferns, wildflowers, trees and shrubs, medicinal plants, insects (terrestrial and aquatic), salamanders and snakes, birds, mammals (bats to bears), journaling, art and photography, and park history.
Please note, we will always communicate to you through this website or via your email that you provided to us during the registration process.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
March 1 at 10:00 AM Eastern - 2019 WFP Pilgrim Registration opens and online merchandise sales will begin.
24-27 April 2019 - Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
Inclement Weather Policy: Please note that we have never cancelled, nor will we cancel events, based on weather (unless we are faced with very extreme weather events, like tornadoes). The leaders will always be at their respective meeting places and they will communicate and make decisions with you at meeting places regarding modifying the time (e.g., delaying an hour or so), distance, or even location of their events (e.g., from a ridge to lower elevations to avoid lightening). Due to the nature of the Wildflower Pilgrimage, we cannot reschedule events missed because of weather.
The 2019 Program is now available!
Map of Wildflower Pilgrimage Meeting Locations
The letters on this map correspond to the letters associated with the meeting locations in the program. Click on the letter to retrieve GPS coordinates for your meeting location or use the green icon at the bottom of the map to get directions to your destination. To learn more about using this map, click the brown information icon at the bottom of the map.