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Dreamy Sunflower Field at Knoxville's Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area

Take a virtual field trip to a sunflower farm in Knoxville, TN

Knoxville sunflower field


Knoxville Sunflower Fields



If you love sunflowers and taking walks in nature, this 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. For the past couple of years my daughters and I have visited the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area which has over 70 acres of sunflowers in South Knoxville. It's breathtaking, to say the least.

*Note - the sunflowers will not be in bloom in 2018, but will be back in 2019* - Ijams Nature Center 

Knoxville sunflower field

The flowers usually bloom in early July. It's a sea of golden yellow.


Knoxville sunflower field

There are a few different varieties, some as tall as 6 feet!


Knoxville sunflower field

Others are 3 - 5 feet with smaller flowers and more delicate petals, like the ones above and below.


Knoxville sunflower field



Knoxville sunflower field





Knoxville sunflower field


These are the giant 6' tall flowers.


Knoxville sunflower field


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.


Knoxville sunflower field

Knoxville sunflower field

What to bring to the sunflower fields:


  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • 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


Knoxville sunflower field


The best thing to do when you go? Have fun and enjoy the view!


Knoxville sunflower field


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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Knoxville sunflower field


"TWRA and Legacy Parks hosted a sunflower festival in 2017, and it was announced that there would not be sunflowers again until 2019. It appears that the fields previously aglow with the deep yellow blooms are being allowed to lay fallow this season. This process allows the soil to regain nutrients that can be lost to overplanting." June 15th, 2018 

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