Friday, May 04, 2012

Shenandoah National Park: Wildflower Festival May 5-6

" If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom." 
-- Audra Foveo 

What a beautiful weekend to have the Wildflower Festival in Shenandoah National Park! Temperatures in the 70s with sunny skies will make the Blue Ridge Mountains a go-to destination Saturday and Sunday as visitors take in the beauty of spring along Virginia's upper ridges.

With more than 1,300 species of plants growing in the Park, spring offers a unique opportunity to enjoy Mountain Laurel, Black-Eyed Susans, wild violets, wild Columbine, and other woodland flowers that grow along trails, rushing waterfalls, under the tree canopy, and in the picnic and camping areas.

Park admission of $15 is required to access the Skyline Drive but all activities are free.

Schedule: A detailed schedule of the weekend's activities describes hikes and locations to see flowers, birds, and mountain streams. There's something for everyone at various areas of the Park with hikes going on all day Saturday and Sunday. Rangers and botanists will lead these hikes.

Lodges and Visitor Centers: This schedule tells the opening dates for lodges and other facilities.

See you this weekend on the mountain!

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell

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