Want to see trout lilies? How about some spring beauties? The cold springtime doesn’t last long and neither do these delicate flowers. This weekend is the perfect time to go hiking anywhere in Adams County.
We went exploring this past weekend. Dressed warm for the brisk weather we went to Adams County to explore the Wilderness Preserve located near Lynx just a little ways away from Buzzardroost Rock and West Union. Now mind you, there are points along the drive to the Wilderness Preserve that you’ll swear you can here banjos dueling—just take a deep breath it’s just your imagination.
As soon as you pass through the small opening in the fence line and head down further into the valley keep watchful eyes to surveying the ground covering. Dainty trout lilies are popping up everywhere are showing off their delicate white blossoms. These diminutive spring flowers get their name from the coloration on deep and light purple spots on the dark green leaves.
Any time there is a steep edge look for the wispy white blossoms of spring beauties. As the blossoms age they turn a light purple color.
There are several other spring wildflowers that I didn’t recognize and plan on sitting down with Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide to discover what these beauties are officially named. I’ll let you know when I’ve figured it out.
The Wilderness Preserve trail is 2.75 hilly miles and is number 20 in my book 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati.
Please join me at Cincinnati Nature Center April 3, 2011 from 1-3 for a presentation, Q&A, and book signing. I look forward to meeting more hiking enthusiasts!