I went out hiking with the boys this evening, looking for signs of spring. I didn’t have to go far, as I walked down the porch stairs, I noticed that the dogwood trees are starting to open. As we hiked down the mountain, I hoped to find the first wildflowers, but my son found them. It is still 3 or 4 weeks until the big wildflower show in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, but I like to discover the new arrivals each day.
Trail guide books for the Benton MacKaye Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains, say late April and early May are the best times to see the wildflowers on the trails. I am already making plans for short day hikes to discover. Early spring is also the time that the hikers start out here on the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain. Their goal is to get to the other end of the Appalachian Trail by October 15th.
Many other spectacular shows of color are anticipated over the next several months, the daffodils are waning, the tulips, redbud, forsythia, and dogwoods are now starting their grand entrance. After these, the azaleas, mountain laurel and rhododendrons are still to come. There will be plenty to see here whenever you get here.
If you arrive later in May, there will still be things in bloom. On the hike up Brasstown Bald, you will notice that the plants are about 3 weeks later in blooming than the surrounding lower areas. Brasstown Bald is a great place to see the fall color earlier too!
Last weekend, I witnessed a sign of spring as certain as the first Robin, the migration of the Kayakers! March 21 was the first release of the year of water in sections of the Ocoee River. There were many colorful sightings along the roads of these creatures, and larger gatherings on the river itself. If you are not brave enough to try whitewater kayaking, take a guided rafting ride, orwatch them play at the Ocoee Whitewater Center or at many stopping places along the Ocoee River.
Another sign of spring is the return of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Weekend excursions have resumed. As we get closer to summer, the excursions will be more frequent.
Make your plans and reserve your spring vacation rental now, Spring is here, you should be too.
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