This is the Blue Ridge Parkway spring wildflower report for April 26. It continues to be a warm spring in many parts of the country including here along the Blue Ridge.
Trillium and Fire Pink are showing up way ahead of schedule. You can look for them in the James River area or around Roanoke in Virginia.
Hitting south of Roanoke through Rocky Knob a few Pink and Flame Azalea are beginning to show up again way ahead of schedule.
North of Boone traveling south through the Highlands district the Dogwoods are still in full bloom, now being joined by Fraser Magnolia which is starting to pop out everywhere.
Although Trillium can be found in different locations, particularly impressive patches are found at Chestoa View Overlook, Milepost 320.8, and the Museum of North Carolina Minerals at Milepost 331. From Chestoa View to Bear Den Overlook at Milepost 323 the cliffs along the Parkway are covered with Carolina Rhododendron in full bloom.
Regular updates for color reports will be posted to our web site home page. You can also use the National Park Service information line at 828-298-0398 to keep informed of what’s being reported on the Parkway.
Have a safe Parkway visit! Enjoy the view, but watch the road.