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Spring Flowering Shrubs & Wildflower Trips

Spring in the Southeast is a great time to see native shrubs and wildflowers in full bloom.  Leon Bates has organized the following trips for the Native Plant and Wildflower Group for this spring timed for when the target species are at maximum bloom.

Early Spring

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 (ALL DAY)

Meeting time and place TBA.  Bring lunch, water, rain gear, hiking boots, camera

Stop 1:

Russell Cave National Monument
3729 County Road 98
Bridgeport, AL

  • Native American Visitor Center with exhibits
  • Nature Trails
  • Feature abundant spring wildflowers in a tranquil beautiful deciduous forest
  • 1.2 mile loop trail, easy to moderate, 290 foot ascent, portions with asphalt footpath
  • Also, Site 44, North Alabama Birding Trail
  • Wildflowers include trilliums, giant chickweed, stonecrop, Jacob’s ladder, fire pink, rue anemone and early saxifrage

Stop 2:

Jackson County Park
2302 County Park Road
Scottsboro, AL
256-574-4719

  • Loop Trails – easy, very accessible
  • Vernon Bush Walking Trail – Hundreds of native azaleas (bush honeysuckle) and numerous azalea cultivars.  Spring wildflowers, native shrubs and wetland/aquatic plants growing along the shoreline portion of Guntersville Lake

Mid-Spring

SATURDAY, MAY 7 (ALL DAY)

We will be meeting at the Ag Center parking lot at 9:15 am and go from there.  Bring lunch, water, rain gear, hiking boots & sticks, camera

Benton Falls, McKamy Lake
Cherokee National Forest

Stop 1:

Benton Falls Trail # 131

  • 3.2 mile round trip, easy.  Trailhead at McKamy Lake
  • Native azaleas, trailing arbutus, great rhododendron, lowbush blueberries, mountain laurel, running cedar club moss

Stop 2:

McKamy Lake Trail # 72

  • 0.3 mile loop trail, easy
  • Flame azaleas, shuttleworth’s ginger, galax, trilliums, fire pink, doghobble

For more information, you can contact the Chattanooga Native Plant and Wildflower Group:

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