Move over cherry blossoms, it’s time for the bluebells to shine! This weekend marks peak bloom for these delicate blue flowers. Virginia bluebell blooms only last for a short period of time, so celebrate around NoVA this weekend before they disappear until next spring.
Bluebells and Bloodroots
April 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Spend the morning learning about the Riverbend’s spring blooms and the customs behind the plants. Take in the bluebells and other perennials as you walk along the Potomac River. // Riverbend Park: 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls; $8
Bluebells at Seneca Park, Virginia
April 13, 10 a.m.-noon
Join other local hiking and nature lovers as you enjoy the scenery on a four-mile hike along the river. The trail is relatively flat, so grab a leash and bring your pup along for the adventure. This event is for adults 18 and older. // Seneca Park: 101 Seneca Road, Great Falls; free
Virginia Bluebell Hike at Turkey Run Park
April 13, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tag along with the Fairlington Social Club as it hikes Turkey Run Park in search of bluebell blooms. Reward yourself after the 4-mile hike with some lunch and a refreshing cold beer. // Turkey Run Park: Turkey Run Loop Road, McLean; free
Cool Springs Bluebell Hike
April 13, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Immerse yourself in nature as you take in the beautiful surroundings along the Shenandoah River during a 3-mile hike. Catch nesting heron rookery, eagles and the bluebells and other wildflowers around the waterfall. // Shenandoah River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield: 1400 Parker Lane, Bluemont; free
The Wonders of Wildflowers
April 14, 10-11:30 a.m.
Take a walk down the 1.5-mile Bluebell Trail to truly witness the charm of these local flowers. Understand the history and importance of these perennial flowers to the local landscape. Participants must be ages 8 and older. // Bull Run Regional Park: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville; free
April 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Celebrate peak bloom at the 12th Annual Bluebell Festival. Grab the family and take a tour along the almost 1-mile patch of Virginia bluebells along the Cedar Run shoreline, learning about local ecosystems along the way. // Merrimac Farm: 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville; free
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