11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Trillium Wildflower Hike
Sunday April 28, 11am - 1pm
@ GR Thompson State Wildlife Management
Please join us for a short (approximately 2 miles rt), and casual hike on a 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 is a forest hike, and the trail can be rocky and/or muddy in places - hiking shoes, bug repellent and water are recommended are indicated. The pace will be slow, as we'll likely pause to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the awakening forest.
Parking is @ Trillium Trail Parking Area, which 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.
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
8368 West Main Street
8372 West Main Street
Due to weather, all afternoon activities at Crossroads UMC
are canceled on Sunday, March 3.