Hiking in Spring Wildflowers
Spring time is here and it is time to go looking for spring wildflowers BUT in case you can’t get out on the trail — here are some lovelies to tide you over.
I’m thankful spring is really here! Of course, the number one pursuit this time of year is the ephemeral bounty of spring wildflowers.
Here are some places that are my favorites to head to and take a gazillion pictures.
Germantown MetroPark — Great place to see lots of trillium and trout lilies.
Cincinnati Nature Center — Daffodils and more spring from the ground by the thousands.
Blue Licks Battlefield State Park will surprise you with a variety of colors:
California Woods — Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Virginia blue bells, spring beauties, mayapples, the list goes on and on and changes almost daily.
Sharon Woods — The paved trail around the lake is a cornucopia of spring wildflowers and perfect if you have a issues with mobility or are taking the wee-ones out for an adventure.
Keep in mind not all wildflowers are divas. Some are beautiful plain Jane’s hiding right at your toes!
Recently, I asked my Facebook followers what I could do to help them get in more hiking this year. David asked for a check-list of hikes that are good to do based on the season.
Well, spring ahs finally arrived and the spring wildlowers won’t last long. Here are the Top Ten Places to Hike to See Spring Wildflowers.
Enjoy the trails!
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This morning, after a busy weekend. I decided I much rather go for a hike instead of write.
So off to California Woods, I went on a search for tranquility and spring wildflowers. The rain was coming down but between the waterproof coat and an umbrella — yes, an umbrella, I was set. I armed myself with a bottle of water and my small camera and headed into the woods.
California Woods Nature Preserve is such lovely retreat especially when it is raining. No one seems to hike when it is raining. Yeah! for me.
I hiked the Twin Oaks, Moon Ridge and Trillium trails. The wildflowers are blooming all over the place.
I was happy to see all of these lovelies in one hike!
On the Twin Oaks trail you’ll see trillium.
Dutchman’s breeches were thick on the Moon Ridge and Trillium Trails
Mayapples were popping up everywhere. I didn’t see any blooms yet, but plenty of new shoots and a few buds like this one.
And, a new one for me: Squirrel Corn. Yes, you can bet I’m going to do more research on this one. What a bizarre name?
Then, on the Trillium Valley Trail there was…wait for it….wait for it…..yes, white trilliums!
Throughout the forest and especially at the little nooks and crannies at the bottom of large trees were the outstanding spring beauties.
My recommendation to you? Go hiking!
Getting kids out in nature is as simple as going outside. But, getting them to slow down and experience nature and see it as a great place to discover new things might be challenge. Here is a journal book for April that I created to make your life easier. Just print it on both sides and fold in half to make a book for your kids to record their field discoveries.
Have a great time on your next adventure! ~ Tammy
This weekend is the perfect time to go looking for spring wildflowers. You can find spring beauties along the edges of the woods especially on ground that stays damp or is in the shade or both.
They are very small and low to the ground. You can see them at Sharon Woods and many other trails around the area.
By far one of my favorite flowers is the springtime flower Dutchman’s Breeches. These dime sized flowers are lined up neatly on the line.
You can find these little gems at Germantown MetroPark, Sharon Woods, and pretty much any woodland setting with a shaded slope. Keep in mind Leave No Trace principles and resist the temptation to collect these gorgeous little flowers.