Spring in the Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is world-renowned for its wildflower diversity, and springtime delivers your best opportunity to witness, and photograph, amazing blooms across the landscape. This glorious display of wildflowers, in addition to a bewildering variety of other flora and fauna is to the Smokies what granite domes and waterfalls are to Yosemite, and geysers and wildlife are to Yellowstone. This dazzling display is precisely what draws Backcountry Journeys here for springtime.

As the mountains begin to turn shades of green and the wildlife emerges from its winter slumber, springtime proves to be one of the best times to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Great Smoky Mountains has over 1,500 flowering plants, as well as 100 species of tree spread throughout five different forest types including Eastern Hemlock, Mountain Ash and various Maple trees. The intense diversity here at this Park makes it a destination for landscape and wildlife photographers from all over the world.

We’ll be photographing ethereal waterfalls under budding canopies, as well as abundant wildlife such as Black bear, elk and a wealth of birds and amphibians.

Macro photography is second to none here with ample opportunities to capture images of snail, salamander, moss covered trees and other things like clear water droplets on newly fallen maple leaves. Excellent photography opportunities such as misty sunrises from grassy balds overlooking a sea of mountains are the norm on this trip.

Find yourself at America’s most visited national park with Backcountry Journeys on this Lodge-Based Hiker Photo tour this spring. Our handcrafted itineraries let you photograph the best Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer while on this all-inclusive photography tour. Excellent accommodations in cozy lodges, great meals and fun groups of like-minded photographers will only add to a fully immersive Smoky Mountains photography experience during the park’s most magical of seasons; spring.


  • Peak Wildflower Season
  • Small groups
  • Incredible variety of flora & fauna
  • Cozy lodges
  • Shoot alongside a professional photographer

Spring in the Great Smoky Mountains

6 Days

Trip Price: from $3495 double occupancy

+$640 single supplement

Deposit: $1000

Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 5 nights lodging

Fly In/Out: Asheville, North Carolina

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 4pm Mountain Time


*trip difficulty ratings

Trip Details

Physical Requirements
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to hike with a daypack.

Group Size
We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.

We will be staying at cozy lodges throughout the Smoky Mountains.

Most meals are included during the trip dates and we typically eat at park lodges in the evening as well as a hand picked local restaurants. We often do snacks on the trail and then return for a late breakfast during photography trips as we are often out early to capture the morning light.

Expect warm pleasant days with cold misty mornings and frigid nights. The weather can prove unpredictable in the Smokies and can change on a moments notice. Remember some of the best photographs are made before, during and immediately after a storm cycle. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.

Price Includes
Most meals, ground transportation, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities

Travel Details
Departure city is Asheville, North Carolina

“This was an adventure of a lifetime! Communication pre-trip was great! Russ was very helpful in recommending the right camera equipment to have for the trip. The packing list that was included was extremely helpful in making sure I had everything I needed. Russ, Crystal and Chris were amazing guides and hosts. Loved the wilderness camping experience! I got absolutely amazing pictures! I definitely will do another trip with Backcountry Journeys!”

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