• Visitors bask in a golden sunset at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

Shenandoah National Park Hosts Wildflower Wknd

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Date: April 22, 2008

Native flowers will be in the spotlight during Shenandoah National Park’s 22nd annual Wildflower Weekend, May 10 and 11, 2008. Visitors will have a chance to meet woodland beauties such as wild geranium, trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, and many others on a variety of naturalist-led hikes.

There will be two feature programs this year, both presented by trail hiker and author Leonard M. Adkins. Mr. Adkins, a self described “Habitual Hiker”, recently completed his fifth thru-hike of the 2,176-mile Appalachian Trail. Mr. Adkins will share memories of his hikes from Maine to Georgia and his encounters with wildflowers in Shenandoah through two multi-media presentations in the Byrd Visitor Center Auditorium located at MP 51 on Skyline Drive.

Hikes include Millers Head, Mill Prong, Pocosin Mission, Gravel Springs-Bluff Trail, Appalachian Trail, Passamaquoddy, and South River Falls trails. There will also be bird walks, a children’s program, a journaling activity, and more. The complete program schedule is available t the park’s website: www.nps.gov/shen.

Programs are free, and there is no registration required. There is a $15-per-car entrance fee to the park, good for seven days. For more information about Wildflower Weekend, call the park at 540-999-3283.

Did You Know?

Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover sitting on the porch of the Brown House at Rapidan Camp in Shenandoah National Park.

In 1928, wanting to escape the heat and humidity of summers in Washington, D.C., Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover began looking for a "summer place" within a day's drive of the city. The Hoovers acquired land within the proposed Shenandoah National Park and built Rapidan Camp, their summer White House.