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March 2020

Old Stone Fort State Park, Coffee County

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
FVJV+XX Manchester, Tennessee, 732 Stone Fort Drive
Manchester, TN 37355
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Trillium pusillum

Bonnaroo is not the first party to be held in Manchester. Some 2000 years ago Native Americans held ceremonial events in the 50-acre enclosure inside what is now the State Park. The enclosure is bounded by the Duck River on one side and the Little Duck River on the other, as both rivers cut their way down through the Highland Rim to the Central Basin, forming waterfall steps along the way. The far end of the enclosure is bounded by…

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Spring Wildflowers at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Memphis

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
8XV8+HW Millington, TN, 910 Riddick Road
Millington, TN 38053
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Viola blanda

Leave the urban environment behind and explore the wooded ravines of this large state park for spring wildflowers. We will concentrate our time hiking along the horse trail where we should see all three varieties of Viola sororia: var. sororia (common blue violet), var. albiflorus (white wood violet), and var. priceana (Confederate violet) among other common spring ephemerals. If time allows, we may go to another paved walking/biking trail that has a large population of the uncommon ocean blue phacelia…

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April 2020

TNPS Annual Conference at Red Boiling Springs

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - April 5 @ 10:00 am
500 East Main Street, Red Boiling Springs, Tn 37150, 500 East Main Street
Red Boiling Springs,
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Phacelia fimbriata

We will hike several trails. See the Conference page for details.

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Frozen Head Wildflower Walk

April 11 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Frozen Head State Park, 964 Flat Fork Rd
Wartburg, TN 37887 United States
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Pediomelum subacaule

This is a joint outing for the 53rd Frozen Head Wildflower Pilgrimage with TNPS and TCWP. We will have an excellent opportunity to see spring wildflowers. The first mile is ideal for those with rather limited hiking capabilities; the trail is wide and flat. It is a loop with quick return to the parking area (Interpretive Trial). For those continuing the next 2 miles are steeper and rougher but still moderate (Judge Branch and S. Old Mac Trails). Difficulty: Option…

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Rock Island State Park, Warren/White Counties

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
R958+M9 Rock Island, TN
Trillium grandiflora

Rock Island State Park is located in the Eastern Highland Rim on the Caney Fork River in Middle Tennessee. The town of Rock Island was a thriving community in pioneer days and a major stop on the Kentucky to Alabama road. The Great Falls Cotton Mill operated there from 1892 to 1902 and the main building is still standing high above the river. The hike will begin at the overlook of Twin Falls. We will then follow alongside the river…

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Trails and Trilliums

April 17 - April 19
Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, 1 Assembly Ave
Monteagle, TN 37356 United States
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Iris cristata

The Trails & Trilliums festival attracts hundreds of hikers, wildflower enthusiasts and families who come to the Cumberland Plateau during peak wildflower season. This 3-day festival raises funds to support the initiatives of the Friends of South Cumberland (FSC), working in support of South Cumberland State Park. https://www.trailsandtrilliums.org/ Where: Dubose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tennessee

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Stinging Fork Falls to Piney River

April 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sanguinaria canadensis

We will caravan from the Exxon to the Lower Piney River Trailhead to start a shuttle leaving some cars there. We will then carpool to the Stinging Fork Falls Trailhead. From there we hike back to the Piney River Trailhead. This section of the Cumberland Trail was completed in fall 2018. What spring flowers we will see is hard to predict. The route is definitely scenic. Alternatives: People are welcome to head back early to the Stinging Fork Falls Trailhead.…

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Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

April 22 - April 25
Gatlinburg Convention Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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Trillium undulatum

The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is an annual event in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park featuring professionally-guided walks to explore the region’s rich natural and cultural resources. Programs included fungi, ferns, wildflowers, trees and shrubs, medicinal plants, and more. Directions and details: www.wildflowerpilgrimage.org. Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN

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May 2020

Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival

May 1 - May 2
Cedars of Lebanon State Park, 238 Cedar Forest Rd
Lebanon, TN 37090 United States
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Fringeleaf wild Petunia, Ruellia humilis

Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Festival is an annual event held at Cedars of Lebanon State Park at the Cedar Forest Lodge (from the main entrance take the fork in the road to the right to the first building on the right). Lectures, hikes, roundtable discussions and more. Details and directions: www.mtsu. edu/glade-center. Where: Cedars of Lebanon State Park

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Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness, Sparta

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Corydalis flavula

We will explore the Chestnut Mountain and Polly Branch Trails where we hope to see large stands of pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule) and mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), and if we’re lucky, we might be able to catch the end of the bloom season for other spring ephemerals such as dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolium). A few woody perennials may be in bloom, too, including Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla) and nine-bark (Physocarpus opulifolius). Difficulty: ~4 miles with some steep sections Contact/Leader:…

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