Shenandoah National Park Hosts Wildflower Wknd
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?
Although it’s native to these mountains, much of the beautiful mountain laurel you see blooming along Skyline Drive in June was planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.