April is a wonderful time to explore the lowland forests along the Cuyahoga River as they abound with blooming spring wildflowers. Among the forest gems are brilliant yellow marsh marigolds of the wetlands, delicate small spring beauty flowers with violet streaks, endless blue blossoms of Virginia bluebells, and the soft white petals of bloodroot. The rich moist silt soils of the Cuyahoga River floodplains provide ideal growing conditions for the lush bounty of woodland wildflowers.
Natural History Topics - April
Please note that all wildflowers are strictly protected within CVNP. Please do your part by not picking them.
Towpath Trail Spring Wildflower Locations
Station Road Bridge Trailhead to the Pinery Narrows Heronry is an excellent section for several early wildflowers including, bloodroot, spring beauty, squirrel corn and cut-leaf toothwort.
Additional Spring Wildflower Locations
The Haskell Run Trail is another great wildflower trail. At the end of the month enjoy marsh marigold, spring beauty, purple and spring cress, yellow trout lily, rue anemone, and cut-leaf toothwort along the bottomland forests of Haskell Run.
Listen for returning pine warblers at Kendall Lake the first weekend in April. Their song is a low trill that resonates from the tall red pines surrounding Kendall Lake Shelter and the first of the warbler songs to return to CVNP.
Later in the month, observe yellow-throated and cerulean warblers in the high sycamore trees along the Towpath Trail near the historic Station Road Bridge.
Last updated: April 10, 2015