Taking a hike through the woods can lead to many discoveriess for those willing to take an extra moment to look.
I love to hike along creeks this time of year in search of Green and Gold or peak under a blooming May Apple just to see if a box turtle has stopped by for a snack. Seeing a patch of trout lillies early in the spring always bring back memories of fishing for native brook trout along the Blue Ridge mountains. Wildflowers are an important part of our environment. They just happen to add some gorgeous character and color to our decidious forests after the gray shades of winter. Lace up your hiking boots, grab a walking stick and head out! Maybe you will be lucky enough to find a beautiful deep crimson Wake-Robin on your adventure!
Several West Virginia state parks will be hosting events the weekend of April 28-30 as part of the New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend. Spring is a great time to get out and enjoy local flora and fauna as greenup occurs. State parks offer a wide expanse of opportunities and can be a relatively inexpensive day trip from most locations. For more information check out the website below for event details.
“See what is in parks to be discovered during New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend! Free guided nature hikes, art demonstrations, and exhibits highlight the glories of the season at New River Gorge National River, Tamarack, and the West Virginia state parks of Babcock, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, Hawks Nest, Pipestem Resort, and Twin Falls Resort. The event schedule is available online at http://www.nps.gov/neri/