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Bus Tours and Trips

Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Warblers:
The 69th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Tuesday–Sunday, April 23–28, 2019

Looking for a nature adventure filled with the beauty of spring? Head to the Smoky Mountains with Fernwood! There is something for everyone to enjoy:  over 300 species of spring wildflowers including 9 types of trilliums and over 30 species of orchids; caroling warblers and more than 175 other bird species passing through on migration; 130,000 acres of old-growth forest climbing up the mountainsides; and nearly 2000 miles of streams that often end in beautiful waterfalls. And just over two years later, the mountains are healing from wildfires and that rejuvenation is amazing to see. 

Join Fernwood on the 69th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage hosted by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. More than 100 programs are offered throughout the park by park rangers, University of Tennessee professors, and local volunteers. Fernwood also offers hikes and education on birds, local natural history, and a variety of related topics. Hiking difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous to accommodate all levels of walking abilities. From wildflowers to trees, salamanders to bears, history to waterfalls and lessons from the 2016 fires, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The cost is $750 for members ($925 for non-members) based on double occupancy (single occupancy available at additional cost) and includes lodging, Pilgrimage fees, continental breakfast, and naturalist services. Travel and other meals are on your own. A $200 deposit reserves your space.

Call Fernwood at 269.695.6491 to receive more information or to schedule an appointment for a slide-show overview of the trip.


Got Water?
In an effort to reduce the plastic at Fernwood and in the landfills, as you head to Fernwood on a day hike or bus tour, we encourage you to bring your own refillable water vessel. Fernwood thanks you, and the environment will thank you too!