Wildflower Weekend Coming To New River Gorge National River In West Virginia

If, after the long, snowy and cold winter, you’re ready for some colorful spring wildflowers, consider heading to New River Gorge National River in West Virginia this weekend, April 24-26, 2015, for the 12th Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend.

This three-day event showcases the biologically diverse southern Appalachian forest at New River Gorge National River, Tamarack, and the state parks of Babcock, Hawks Nest, Little Beaver, Pipestem Resort, and Twin Falls Resort.

According to park staff, the New River Gorge area has the most diverse flora of any river gorge in central Appalachia. New River Gorge National River and area West Virginia state parks help preserve this unbroken and globally significant section of the Appalachian forest ecosystem. Besides providing essential habitat for endangered mammals, rare birds and amphibians, a dedicated botanist can find more than 1,400 species of plants in these park sites.

All programs are free. Just be sure to bring water and wear sturdy walking shoes for guided walks. Snacks, binoculars, a hand lens, and a favorite field guide are also useful.

Complete schedule here…

 

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