April 25th Wildflower Walks


The current health crisis necessitates that we cancel this year’s wild flower walks on Shenandoah Mountain, but the flowers are still out there! Enjoy the wildflowers in your back yard and neighborhood this year and we’ll see you on the trails of Shenandoah Mountain next year!

Blood Root 3-24-19 Tide Spring Road

Wildflower Walks
on Shenandoah Mountain
Saturday, April 25, 2020

Please join the Headwaters Master Naturalists for our annual rediscovery of the springtime beauty in the forests of our backyard mountain.

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After a long winter, what better way to celebrate warmer days than to hit the trails in search of spring wild flowers. And really there is no better place to start your search than the trails of Shenandoah Mountain. Have you ever seen the fringe on the fringed polygala? Smelled the foul flower of wild ginger? Admired the slim stalks and blue beauty of the bluets? These are just a few of the wildflowers you might encounter on the naturalist-led walks hosted by the Headwaters Chapter of the Master Naturalists.

Come out and see the spring wildflowers on Shenandoah Mountain in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests!

  • Join one of four groups that will be accompanied by members of the Headwaters Master Naturalists for a walk in the forest. We will have the support of wildflower experts familiar with the trails and flowers.
  • Find and photograph the many different species of wildflowers.
  • Admire the flowers in place leaving them for others to enjoy and to fulfill their spot in the mountain ecosystem.
  • Free! All welcome! Sign up required.

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To Participate:

  • Sign up by time and place through our Eventbrite site.
  • There are four options for walks, starting at either 9:30am or 1:00pm on Saturday, April 25.
  • You will receive an email with the meeting place and directions after you sign up.
  • Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Wear walking shoes and bring water and your camera!

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Walks on Saturday, April 25, 2020:

North River Gorge Trail: 2 miles, 9:30am- 12pm
North River Campground Area: 0.5 – 1 mile, 9:30am- 12pm or 1pm – 3:30pm
Hone Quarry Area: 4 miles, 9:30am- 1:30pm

More about each of these walks on the Eventbrite site registration page.

Approximate trailhead locations are pictured below. Click on the image for a Google map.



2016 Wildflower Walk participants at Braley Pond. Photo by Carl Droms.

Top photo is Bloodroot by Sue Gier