According to a news release by the National Park Service (NPS), this event aims to celebrate the diverse array of spring wildflowers and other seasonal transformations, providing an engaging and informative experience for visitors.
The weekend will kick off with a recognition ceremony for the winners of the park’s “Youth Art in the Park” wildflower art contest at Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) on Saturday, May 6, at 12:30 p.m. Following the ceremony, attendees can enjoy an exhibition showcasing the winning artwork, which captures the beauty of the park’s flora.
Throughout the weekend, guests can participate in guided hikes and explore various trails within the park.
These hikes include Passamaquoddy Loop, Mill Prong, Skyland-Big Meadows Horse Trail from the Upper Hawksbill region, Millers Head, Snead Farm, the Appalachian Trail from Milam Gap to Tanner’s Ridge, Hightop Mountain, and South River Falls.
Some hikes will emphasize the presence of spring birds and amphibians, providing a unique educational opportunity for nature enthusiasts.
In addition to the guided hikes, renowned watercolor artist Betty Gatewood will lead a botanical art and journaling workshop on both Saturday and Sunday. The workshop welcomes participants of all skill levels, and all materials will be provided.
The Wildflower Weekend offers a valuable experience for campers, outdoor recreationists, and RVers looking to explore the natural beauty of Shenandoah National Park. With its rich biodiversity and breathtaking landscapes, the park attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Admission to all Wildflower Weekend programs is free, and no reservations are required. However, there is a $30 entrance fee to the park, which is valid for seven days. The event caters to adults and children alike, ensuring an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
For more details and a complete schedule of programs, visit the park’s website at https://go.nps.gov/WildflowerWeekend.
As the 37th annual Wildflower Weekend approaches, Shenandoah National Park invites visitors to witness the splendor of spring in full bloom. The event provides an excellent opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to connect with nature, learn about the park’s unique ecosystem, and create lasting memories with friends and family.