Date(s) - May 6, 2018
9:00 am - 11:30 am
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“To create a little flower is the labor of ages.” – William Blake
Please join us for a short (approximately 2 miles rt), and casual hike on a short section of the Appalachian Trail and Marjorie Arundel Wildflower and Birding Trail to view wild Trilliums in bloom, along with several other species of wildflowers and blooming plants. (Being a rare flower, they should be enjoyed, but never taken or disturbed.)
The Thompson Wildlife Management Area is comprised of 4,000 untouched acres of beautiful mountain ridges, valleys and streams.
While relatively short, there are some elevation changes, and it remains a forest hike, and the trail can be rocky and/or muddy in places – hiking shoes, bug repellent, adequate water/snacks, are indicated. The pace will be quite slow, as we’ll likely pause to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the awakening forest.
We’ll park @ https://goo.gl/maps/1hzw3YZkqtA2 – or enter 38.953544, -78.026924 in your GPS or mapping app. (for reference, the parking area doesn’t appear on any maps, but is between two stands of microwave towers, and is just south of what’s noted on some maps as “WINC Winchester.”)
Please note that this is a very small parking lot, with room for perhaps 8-10 cars at best – so car-pooling is a *must*. There is a small parking lot a few hundred yards South on Freezeland road for overflow / shuttle parking, but let’s keep this small.
Be aware that visits to Virginia State Wildlife Management areas require a day pass – exempt if you have a hunting, fishing, or boating license. A 1-day license is $4, and can be purchased online here:
At the conclusion of the hike, we plan to make an (optional) stop in nearby Marshall, VA for a shared lunch at:
Red Truck Bakery (http://redtruckbakery.com/)
8368 West Main Street