If you love sunflowers and taking walks in nature, the Sunflower fields at Knoxville and the Sunflower Festival is for you. About 40 minutes from our house is one of the most stunning sights I’ve seen. Well, there are several sights like that near me but this one is like no other.
Knoxville Sunflower Fields
For the past couple of years my daughters and I have visited the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area near Ijams Nature Center which has over 70 acres of sunflowers in South Knoxville. It’s breathtaking, to say the least.
The flowers usually bloom in early July. It’s a sea of golden yellow.
There are a few different varieties, some as tall as 6 feet!
Others are 3 – 5 feet with smaller flowers and more delicate petals, like the ones above and below.
These are the giant 6′ tall flowers.
There’s so much pollen! If you suffer from allergies, make sure you’re aware of the amount of pollen these flowers produce and take any medications needed.
Where are the sunflower fields at Ijams Nature Center?
The fields don’t have an official address. They’re adjacent to the Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville. There are two parking areas available. Look for the one that’s on McClure Lane, close to Mead’s Quarry and Ijams.
What to bring to the sunflower fields:
- Water bottle
- Comfortable shoes – there are over 70 acres of flowers!
- Wear lightweight, light colored clothing
- Be patient, sometimes there are a lot of people there and parking is very limited
When is the best time to see the sunflowers?
The sunflowers are usually in bloom during late June or early July when it’s very hot in this area. So the best times to view them are early in the morning.
NOTE: The fields at the Forks of the River are getting a break in 2023 and the sunflowers won’t be there. But here are some other beautiful sunflowers in the area for you to visit.
The best thing to do when you go? Have fun and enjoy the view!
Have you ever been to this or any other sunflower fields? I’d love to know where you’ve been. Leave me a comment below and let me know!
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