I think it’s a universally acknowledged statement when I say that spring is for chasing flowers, and chasing flowers is all I want to do right now! With the burst of blooms being so fleeting, it’s hard to just stay indoors and let the colors come and go without experiencing it for myself.
Moving to the East Coast also means coming across new types of plants I’ve never seen before! One of the wildflowers that grow in Virginia are bluebells, and there just happens to be a short and easy trail in the Bull Run Regional Park located in the city of Centreville (Northern Virginia). From what I’ve gathered online, there doesn’t seem to be many spots where bluebells grow this plentifully, and this is one of those few spots.
The Best Time to Go:
According to what others have said, it’s best to go on weekdays during mid-April. Taking their advice, I went on a Monday morning, and within my nearly two hours of frolicking about, probably saw six people total. However, I did go during a rather cold, gloomy and drizzling day, so that may have affected the turnout as well.
How to Find the Trail:
The trail itself is super easy to find. Just drive along the path in Bull Run Regional Park until you come across the parking lot for Atlantic Waterpark, where you’ll be able to park for your hike. On the other side of that parking lot is the entrance to the Bluebell trails. There are also prominent signs on the grassy areas indicating the trail to make the finding even easier.
About the Trail:
The trail is a 1.5 mile loop that is pretty easy, at least for the most part. Most of it is a dirt pathway, but because of April showers, a lot of that has turned a bit muddy!
In general, it is a beautiful and peaceful walk, with various other wildflowers growing about. I wish I knew more about plants to tell you the names! The bluebells themselves will show up around .60 mile in, and gosh, they are absolutely stunning to see. Just the sheer amount of them! Combine the beauty of the flowers with the sound of the birds chirping and the water in the stream nearby, and you have yourself quite the tranquil spot. Aaaahhhh.
I made an instagram Reel (@deasymeh) with highlights, as well, just for a little bit more fun ;D
Have you been wildflower hunting this spring season?