Just imagine looking out and seeing beautiful tall, yellow sunflowers as far as the eye can see! There are a few spots in East Tennessee where you can do just that! Knoxville Moms rounded up a list of the local sunflower fields and farms including details about what you can enjoy and expect when you visit.
This year, peak bloom will likely be in mid-July. Right now, some farmers are reporting their sunflowers are measuring taller than years past. If all continues to go well, it could be a really spectacular sunflower season! Keep in mind, the sunflower season is short. It’s about two weeks once they start blooming. That means you and your family should start making your plans to see this incredible natural wonder right in our own backyard!
Sunflower Fields in East Tennessee
Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area
3140 McClure Lane
Knoxville, TN 37920
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials predict peak sunflower bloom will be in mid-July. There are no fees to visit Forks of the River. It’s open during daylight hours. Forks of the River is located just past the Ijams Nature Center.
199 Laurel Bluff Road
Kingston, TN 37763
Narramore Farms planted seven acres or approximately seven football fields of sunflowers. The farm will be hosting a Sunflower Festival on Saturday, June 25th, Sunday, June 26th, Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd. General admission is $12 and includes one free bloom. Children two and under are free. Guests may pick their included sunflower or pick their pre-purchased 6, 12 or 18 sunflowers from a mixture of over 20 different varieties. Please no pets.
13100 West Lee Highway
Philadelphia, TN 37846
A new sunflower farm is open in Loudon County but the farmers are no stranger to the area. Nightfall Acres is a project of the family behind the popular Halloween attraction Dead Man’s Farm. The new endeavor is scenic, not scary. Visitors can explore the sunflower fields, take plenty of pictures and even pick a bouquet to bring home. Nightfall Acres expects the blooms to be open and ready by the end of June. The bloom period may last three to four weeks. Admission is $5 and children two and under are free. Cash, credit and debit cards are accepted.
9626 Ooltewah Georgetown Road
Ooltewah, TN 37363
This sunflower spot may be a further drive from Knoxville, but Smith-Perry Berries is well-known for a reason. The farm typically plants about 34-acres of sunflowers. That’s about 850,000 blooms! The farm is open during daylight hours for guests to view, pick and photograph the sunflowers. It is free to visit and you can purchase a bucket and cut as many sunflowers as you like for $15. The sunflowers are expected to be ready in mid-July. The exact opening date hasn’t been set yet, so follow along on the Smith-Perry Facebook page for updates.