September In the Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Images of the park taken during the month of September.
Credit: NPS PhotoIn early autumn, the orange seeds of hearts-a-bustin' (Euonymous americanus) burst from the pink spiky fruit. The other common name for this plant is "strawberry bush." The bush grows between 4-6 feet tall and has thin, green branches, and serrated leaves.
Credit: NPS PhotoNewfound Gap is a great place to view fall wildflowers.
Credit: NPS PhotoWildflowers such as goldenrod and white snakeroot are common along park trails and roadways.
Credit: NPS PhotoVivid red beebalm flowers (Monarda didyma) can be found blooming along Clingmans Dome Road from August through September.
Credit: Kristina PlaasAmerican mountain ash (Sorbus americana) is a small tree that can be found at elevations above 5,000 feet in the park. It is especially abundant in areas such as Clingmans Dome and on Mount Le Conte. In September, the berries ripen to a vivid, eye-catching red. Bears and birds are fond of the fruit.