Lake Barkley State Resort Park – 50 Shades of Green

It has been a beautiful spring here at the lodge with all of the blossoming Redbud and Dogwood trees. Small wildflowers like Periwinkles and Violets also made their presence known, popping up along the grassy banks. The park is 50 shades of green right now following our April showers, and warmer days are most certainly on the horizon. With the trails all cleared and the fish biting, there’s no better place to retreat to than Lake Barkley State Resort Park!

Posted in Western Region , Wildflower Reports |

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park: May 1st

Fire Pink by Jason King

There are still loads of wildflowers in bloom at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. While hiking on the Pennyroyal Trail and the Lake Trail the following wildflowers were identified this morning: Fire Pink, American Columbo (should bloom soon), Dwarf Dandelion, Yellow Stargrass, Spring Beauty, Smooth Solomon’s Seal, Crested Dwarf Iris (past peak), Violet Wood Sorrel, Ragwort Sp., May Apple, Bluets, Pussy Toes, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Violet sp., Rue Anemone, Low Bush Blueberry, Blackberry (starting to bloom), Alum-root, Blue Phlox, and Virginia Spiderwort.

Migratory songbirds are also singing away in the forest.  While hiking the Pennyroyal and Lake Trails this morning the following bird species were heard: Brown Thrasher, Red Eyed Vireo, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Ovenbird, Carolina Wren, Eastern Towhee, Yellow-breasted Chat, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Northern Parula, Hooded Warbler, Wood Thrush, Pileated Woodpecker, American Crow, and Brown-headed Cowbird.

Posted in Birding Report , Western Region , Wildflower Reports |

Spring wildflowers are plentiful at Barren River Lake State Resort Park!  The forest is full of lush green vegetation as new growth sprouts out.  Tender ferns rise up from the earth and spicebush provides an aromatic scent as hikers walk past.  This past weekend while hiking the Connell Nature Trail, an abundance of false rue anemone, mayapple, and trillium were admired.  Other spring wildflowers such as pennywort, shooting star, and squawroot were not as plentiful, which made these species the showcases of the trail.  Make plans to visit this coming weekend (May 2) to see these spring beauties on a guided hike as well as other interpretive activities and enjoy all the other aspects the park has to offer such as lodging, golf, restaurant, gift shop, camping, the lake, and other recreational facilities.

  Don’t forget, National Trails Day is June 6, 2015 and Barren River Lake State Park will be celebrating!  Call the park at 1-800-325-0057 for more information about this event.

Posted in Events , Photos , South Central Region , Trails , Wildflower Reports |

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

Jack-in-the-Pulpit by Bena Travis

On the lake trail at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park the following species were recently spotted in bloom: Jacob’s Ladder, Philadelphia Fleabane, Bluets, Spring Beauty, Crested Dwarf Iris, Violet sp., Smooth Solomon’s Seal, Mayapple, and Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Flowering dogwoods are still in bloom along the roadsides in the area, but the blooms are fading fast.

A wildflower walk will leave from the park’s lodge lobby on Sunday April 26th at 10:00 A.M. (weather permitting).

The nesting season has begun for many migratory songbirds.  The Northern Parula can be heard singing in near the lake and in the campground. Chipping sparrows are also singing in the campground and around the lodge. A Eastern Phoebe has a nest with young on a ledge near the park’s business office.

Posted in Birding Report , Western Region , Wildflower Reports |

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – April 21, 2015

A grouping of Sessile Trillium.

In northern Kentucky, the hollows of the Big Bone valley are now abundantly adorned with colorful wildflowers.  The enticing warmth of afternoon sun and abundant rainfall have conspired to draw flowers from the ground like milk through a straw, and the woodlands are everywhere dappled in pastel hues.

Among the myriad of blossoms to be viewed at this time are the lawn variety of humble flowers including spring beauty, hooked crowfoot, common blue violet, and garlic mustard.  In addition, however, are flowers of generally greater appeal like the smooth yellow violet, white violet, cut-leaf toothwort, common blue phlox, blue-eyed Mary, sessile trillium, Dutchman’s breeches and colonies of May Apple.  As the striking flowers of the white trout lily fade leaving only their mottled brown greenery, the dwarf larkspur is beginning to burst forth all along park trails of the forested ridges.

Redbud flowering has now commenced in earnest and rural roadways and country lanes are presently lined with the purple spectacle of redbud revelry.  Dogwoods are progressing toward flowering and will join the display in the days ahead.

Posted in North Central Region , Wildflower Reports |

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

Spring abounds at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park.  Many wildflowers are currently blooming in the area.  Here is a list of wildflowers that have been spotted lately in the park and surrounding state forest: star chickweed, crested dwarf iris, bluets, violets sp., prairie trillium, ragwort sp., wood betony, rue anemone, spring beauty, Virginia bluebells, blue phlox, and jack-in-the-pulpit. The red bud trees’s blooms are past peak, but the flowering dogwood are beautiful.

Posted in Western Region , Wildflower Reports |

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, April 18, 2015

The cherry tree at Pumpkin Creek Lodge is in full bloom.  Beautiful bright pink petals add such a beauty to spring.  The park is absolutely bursting with color.

Violets, false rue anemone, blue phlox, stone crop, cut-leaf toothwart, false rue anemone and many more beautiful wildflowers.  The forest is becoming a sea of green with splashes of wildflowers colors everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

Pawpaws are in bloom too.  These tasty fruits feed many animals in the wild.  The bloom is rather odd looking to some but it is very unique and not difficult to distinguish once you have have ever seen one.

Make time to visit a state park close to you and enjoy all the beauty that nature affords.  With all the many hiking trails on our state parks, it is a nature lovers paradise.

 

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park’s 10th Annual Geocache Event April 24-26, 2015.

Camper Appreciation Weekend April 24-26, 2015, camp two nights for the price of one.

For more information :  http://parks.ky.gov/parks/ resortparks/lake-cumberland/events.aspx

Contact: Robert Myers at RobertA.Myers@ky.gov

or call 270-343-3111

Posted in South Central Region , Wildflower Reports |

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Prestonsburg, Kentucky

Even though things have been very soggy at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park over the past week, the spring wildflowers don’t seem to mind!  This week’s list includes: blue phlox, large-flowered trillium, wild geranium, wood poppy, jack-in-the-pulpit, foam flower, wood vetch, quaker ladies (KY Bluets), dwarf cinqufoil, long-spurred purple violet, common purple violet, smooth yellow violet, dutchman’s breeches, spring beauty, and a few goldenstar are left.  Also, eastern redbuds and dogwoods are making the lake road a must see while entering or exiting the park.

Large Flowered Trillium

 

Posted in Eastern Region , Wildflower Reports |

FindYourPark – with wildflowers!

Buckeye tree flower

Trees and wildflowers are blooming at Mammoth Cave National Park.

 

April 18 is Wildflower Day at Mammoth Cave National Park

Come FindYourPark — on a cave tour, searching the woods for wildflowers, camping, picnicking, biking, canoeing, horseback riding — at Mammoth Cave.  Find Your Park is the theme of National Park Week (April 18-26) and a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.

April 18 – Wildflower Day

8:15-9:30 a.m., Let’s Go Birding for Families; meet at the visitor center.

8:30-10:15 a.m., Water & Wildflowers/Cedar Sink Hike; meet at the Cedar Sink Trailhead.

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ridge to River Wildflower Hike, meet at the visitor center.

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., The Art of Wildflowers for Families, supplies provided, meet at the visitor center.

12:15-1:15 p.m., Heritage Walk, meet at the visitor center (wheelchair/stroller accessible).

1:30-4:00 p.m., Advanced Wildflower & Photography Walk, meet at the visitor center.

2:00-3:00 p.m., Junior Ranger Nature Tracks, meet at the visitor center.

#FindYourPark

 

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Carter Caves State Resort Park Wildflower Report April 15th, 2015

With the rains coming down and the weather warming up we are seeing new wildflowers blooming throughout the park.  It is a great time of year to visit Carter Caves as the entrance road hillside is covered with Large White Trillium and the Redbuds throughout the park are in full bloom.  We saw Jack in the Pulpit, Bishop Cap, Yellow Violet, Spur Violet, Rue Anemone, Large Flowered Bellwort, Pussytoes, and Spring Beauties in full bloom.  We also saw many flowers close to blooming including Stonecrop, Solomon Seal and Star Chickweed.  Join us for our annual Wildflower Pilgrimage this coming weekend and enjoy guided walks to see the flowers, trees, ferns and birds that are showing off their colors at Carter Caves this spring.  See event details below

.APRIL 17 – 19:  Carter Caves Wildflower Pilgrimage   The hills come alive every spring at Carter Caves with immerging blooms of many shapes and colors decorating the forest floor.  You will be able to experience the beauty of the area during wildflower walks, canoe trips and van tours throughout the weekend.  Other programs and walks that could be offered include landscaping with native plants, beginner plant identification, invasive plant species, tree identification, archeological walks and tracking.  Evening programs will be held each night.  Whether you are an experienced wildflower enthusiast, a beginner bloomer or just enjoy being in the woods, this is the perfect weekend for you to get outside and experience the natural beauty of spring.  There is a registration fee of $15 for adults and $10 for children for the weekend’s activities.  An overnight lodging package including 2 nights lodging and registration fees for two is $169.95 (plus tax).  Call the park at 1-800-325-0059 to register.

 

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Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – April 14, 2015

Dutchman's Breeches

Wildflowers continue to emerge at Big Bone Lick as early season sun warms the  spring woodlands.  As the lesser, common, early bloomers continue in great abundance,  this week’s colorful display is highlighted by white trout lily, Dutchman’s breeches, Virginia bluebells, and blue phlox.

Redbuds are beginning to burst forth in flower across northern Kentucky this week and the white flowering dogwoods won’t be far behind them.  In the next couple of weeks, this duo of flowering shrubbery will make for spectacular spring sightseeing drives through the countryside.

April 24-26 – Camper’s Appreciation Weekend: Big Bone Lick has had a stable base of repeat campers for many years.  This is the Department of Parks way of saying thanks for their faithful patronage.  On this weekend, campers can stay at our campground two nights for the price of one.  While you’re here, join the Park Interpreter for a variety of special programs, guided hikes, and recreational activities throughout the weekend.

April 25 – Ghost Hunt 8 pm – 12 am: Join the Tri-State Shadowchasers for a night of paranormal investigation at the park.  Learn about the various facets of ghost hunting and become familiar with commonly used tools during the evening.  While on the hunt, you’ll learn not only about park history, but you’ll also enter the mysterious Big Bone Methodist Church and visit the historic Baker cemetery with headstones that date back to the early 1830′s.  Advanced registration is required and space is limited.  Deadline for registration is April 23.  The cost is $20.00 per person.  Call the park at (859) 384-3522 for reservations.

Posted in North Central Region , Wildflower Reports |

Barren River Lake State Resort Park – April 13, 2015

Spring wildflowers are in full bloom all over the park!  The grass is growing fast and the trees fresh green leaves are creating a cast of green in the canopy above.  The most abundant green on the forest floor right now are the emergence of an abundance of mayapples.  These umbrella like plants can grow up to 2 feet tall and produce a yellow fruit.  Other wildflowers in bloom are pennywort, spring beauty, wood violets, trillium, false rue, anemone, and more!  All this spring rain and warm weather have provided a great combination for all our flora and fauna on the park.  Plan a visit to today to go hiking on the park to check out more!  Come and hike our new nature trail Peter’s Creek which is a 1 mile loop that overlooks the lake on one section of trail or check out improvements to the Connell Nature Trail.  Our next event is Campers Appreciation Weekend on April 24-26, 2015 where you camp two nights for the price of one and interpretive activities are scheduled.

Posted in Events , Photos , South Central Region , Trails , Wildflower Reports |

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

You can always tell that spring has finally sprung when you see the redbud trees are fully adorned in bright purplish-pink blossoms.  The redbuds are just getting started into full bloom so this would be a fantastic time to take a drive to the park and check them out.

As you drive along you will see blue phlox sprinkled about the roadways and in the wood lines.  Usually by this time there are quite a few in blossom.

 

 

 

 

The real test for spring though to most Kentucky country folk is “Are the dry land fish up yet”?  Better known to many as the morel mushroom.  I have heard various names for this particular mushroom. One name I have heard from my wife is ” Johnny Jump-ups”, because the morel usually pops up from the earth after a good rain shower and some bright warm sunshine.  Whatever you like to call them is fine I suppose, but if you have never seen one you might want to search around after a good shower.  The season is very short so if you want to see one you have to be up and at them in early April.  There have been  several spotted at Lake Cumberland this year.

 

 

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park’s 10th Annual Geocache event April 24-26, 2015

For more information contact Robert Myers at RobertA.Myers@ky.gov

or call 270-343-3111.

 

 

Posted in South Central Region , Wildflower Reports |

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Prestonsburg, KY

Goldenstar at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

What a welcomed sight at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in beautiful Prestonsburg, Kentucky as spring is starting to display wonderful colors all over the land.  If you are looking for a nice leisurely stroll or drive to see a few of our blooming plants, be sure to explore the cottage road that leads to our 2 bedroom cottages.  Along the way you will experience the blooms of: rue anemone, chickweed, cut-leaved toothwort, spring beauty and bloodroot.

Also, along the Moss Ridge, Lakeshore, and Mountain Bike Trails you will have the opportunity to see: long-spurred purple violet, smooth yellow violet, common purple violet, Kentucky bluets (quaker ladies), and goldenstar.  Don’t forget about the colors of the Eastern Redbuds and Serviceberry that can be seen all along the park as well.

Check out all of our events and happenings on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jwsrp

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Be sure to stop by the Marina at Jenny Wiley for all your fishing or boating needs, now open 7 days a week.  Also, our Campground is open with full hookup or improved camping sites available.  Come visit us today and create your memorable experience!

Posted in Eastern Region , Wildflower Reports |

Budding Blooms at Pine Mountain SRP – 4/9/15

This is a Dogwood bloom on a tree near the lodge. This photo was taken on 4/9/15.

Buds are beginning to pop up all over Pine Mountain State Resort Park. The Red Buds, Dogwoods, and Serviceberry trees are all starting to show their colors. These buds will be looking their best over the next 2 weeks, so come relish in the beauty of spring by staying at the lodge or hiking one of the many beautiful park trails.

Call the park for lodging information at (606) 337-3066

For more information: www.parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/pine-mountain/default.aspx

Like us on Facebook to stay updated on park happenings: www.facebook.com/pinemountainstateresortpark

Posted in Eastern Region , Photos , Wildflower Reports |

Natural Bridge State Resort Park – April 8, 2015 – Wildflower Report

Many more species have begun to bloom since the last post from Natural Bridge.  The wildflowers currently in bloom include hepatic, rue anemone, bloodroot, spring beauty, red trillium, wild ginger, yellow trout lily, blue cohosh, long-spurred violet, cut-leaf toothwort, and miterwort.  The peak of wildflower bloom is typically from mid to late-April  here at Natural Bridge.  You can follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/naturalbridge  to see pictures of wildflowers currently in bloom.

The Kentucky Native Plant Society will be having their annual Wildflower Weekend at Natural Bridge this weekend April 10-12, 2015.   This is a great opportunity to take fieldtrips to learn more about wildflowers and other plants from the professionals!  For more information about this event, visit the Kentucky Native Plant Society’s website at http://www.knps.org

Migratory birds spotted or heard recently include the blue-headed vireo, black-throated green warbler, and the northern parula.   The peak time for migrating songbirds at the park is typically late-April to mid-May.  Park Naturalist, Brian Gasdorf, will be posting bird sightings at Natural Bridge State Resort Park regularly through the months of April and May on eBird at http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational2/US-KY-197?yr=all

 (this link will take you to the Powell County, KY eBird sightings list posted by various birders).

Posted in Birding Report , Eastern Region , Wildflower Reports |

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Downy Service Berry

 

Spring has began he at Cumberland Falls, understory trees such as Downy Service Berry and  Redbuds are in bloom this week.   Several species of wildflowers can be seen on hiking trails such as Hepatica, Rue Anemone, Trout Lily, Halberd-leaved Yellow Violet,  Trailing Arbutus, Wood Poppy and Bluets.

There are three great events planned for the month of April

April  17– 18   Storytelling Weekend

The Whole family can kick back and enjoy storytellers spin tales about life in the Appalachian Foothills.  Various craft people will have their traditional hand made items for sale throughout the weekend.  The weekend kicks off Friday evening at 9pm with a  Ghost walk around the falls area. On Saturday, various storytellers will take the stage throughout the day.   The weekend will come to a close with a Saturday evening concert at 8:00 pm.    Cost of the entire weekend is $ 20.00 per person.  Saturday evening concert only is $ 10.00 per person.    

April 24-26          Nature Photography Weekend     
Nature Photography Buffs will enjoy this weekend that features a 24-hour digital competition.  Photographers from all skill levels can pick up tips from guest speakers.  Plaques awarded in several   categories.  Registration is $ 40 per person

April  24 &  25            Camper Appreciation
Stay Friday night and get  Saturday night free.  There will be  specially planned  activities on Friday and Saturday that the whole family can enjoy.

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Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

Eastern Redbud in bloom on the Lodge Road at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park.

Many of the early spring wildflowers are currently in bloom now at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park!  Currently in bloom on the Clifty Creek Trail: Rue Anemone, Early Saxifrage, Cut-leaf toothwort, Dutchman’s Breeches, Quaker Ladies, Yellow Trout Lily, and Violet sp. On the Indian Bluff trail the following wildflowers are in bloom: Early Saxifrage, Yellow Corydalis AKA Scrambled Eggs, and Pennywort. There are also small flowered bluets blooming in a variety of locations throughout the park.  Eastern Redbud trees can be seen bloom throughout the park and the region.

Migratory birds are also making their way back to the park for their breeding season. Chipping sparrows can be heard calling in the parking lot in front of the park’s lodge.  The chattering of rough wing swallows can be heard near the lake. In one Eastern bluebird nest box the female is already incubating four eggs.

Posted in Birding Report , Western Region , Wildflower Reports |

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site – April 6, 2015

White trout Lily

Spring is just getting started in the north central region of Kentucky, but the Big Bone Valley lags behind yet a little more.  Now, as the valley slowly begins to awaken, the seasons first flowers are slowly emerging.   The humble ensemble presently includes toothwort, spring beauty, harbinger of spring, and a small variety of violets.  Perhaps most noteworthy at present is en masse displays of white trout lily in various lowland locations across the park.

April is also a busy month for special activities and events at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site.  Check out these exciting activity and event offerings coming up later this month:

April 11 – Trail Work Day, 9 am – 1 pm: Join the Park Interpreter and John Robbins of the Sierra Club for a days of hiking and trail maintenance at the park.  If you enjoy hiking or want to perform a fun community service activity outdoors this event is for you!  For more information, contact the park’s interpreter, Ossana Wolff,  at (859) 384 3522.

April 24-26 – Camper’s Appreciation Weekend: Big bone Lick has for years had a stable base of repeat campers.  This is the park’s way of saying thanks for their faithful patronage.  On this weekend, campers can stay at our campground for two nights at the price of one.  While you’re here, join the Park Interpreter for a variety of special programs, guided hikes, and recreational activities throughout the weekend.

April 25 – Ghost Hunt, 8 pm – 12 am: Join the Tri-State Shadow Chasers for a night of paranormal investigation at the park.  Learn about the various facets of ghost hunting and become familiar with commonly used tools during the evening.  While on the hunt, you will learn about park history, go inside the Big Bone Methodist Church, and visit two historic period cemeteries on park grounds.  Advanced registration is required and space is limited.  Deadline for registration is April 23.  The cost is $20.00 per person.  Call the park at (859) 384-3522 for reservations.

 

Posted in North Central Region , Photos , Wildflower Reports |

Carter Caves State Resort Park Wildflower Report April 4th

We are finally beginning to see some signs of spring here at Carter Caves.  We are seeing some of the first wildflowers of the season popping out of the ground and showing their colors.  Bloodroot, Hepatica, Harbinger of the Spring, Spring Beauties, and Golden Ragwort have been seen in bloom at various places around the park.  With the warmer days in the forecast we expect to see more of the early flowers blooming soon including Dutchman’s Breeches, Yellow Trout Lily and Large White Trillium.

Make your reservations now and join us for our annual Wildflower Pilgrimage held on April 17-19, 2015.

The hills come alive every spring at Carter Caves with emerging blooms of many shapes and colors decorating the forest floor.  You will be able to experience the beauty of the area during wildflower walks, canoe trips and van tours throughout the weekend.  Other programs and walks that could be offered include landscaping with native plants, beginner plant identification, invasive plant species, tree identification, archeological walks and tracking.  Evening programs will be held each night.  Whether you are an experienced wildflower enthusiast, a beginner bloomer or just enjoy being in the woods, this is the perfect weekend for you to get outside and experience the natural beauty of spring.  There is a registration fee of $15 for adults and $10 for children for the weekend’s activities.  An overnight lodging package including 2 nights lodging and registration fees for two is $169.95 (plus tax).  Call the park at 1-800-325-0059 to register.

 

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Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

 

Yellow Corydalis AKA Scrambled Eggs

Many of the early spring wildflowers are currently in bloom now at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park!  On our first of the month hike yesterday we saw the following flowers in bloom on the park’s Clifty Creek Trail: Rue Anemone, Early Saxifrage, Cut-leaf toothwort, Dutchman’s Breeches, Quaker Ladies, Yellow Trout Lily, Bloodroot, and Violet sp. On the Indian Bluff trail we found more Early Saxifrage, Yellow Corydalis AKA Scrambled Eggs, and Pennywort. There are also small flowered bluets blooming in a variety of locations throughout the park.  Small serviceberry trees were spotted in bloom on the cliff edges on the Indian Bluff trail, so they are blooming right on schedule.

Louisiana Waterthrushes were also spotted beside Clifty Creek.

This weekend the park is offering a moonlight canoe trip on Saturday night (you must register in advance) and Easter Eggcitement on Sunday April 5th.

Posted in Birding Report , Western Region , Wildflower Reports |

Natural Bridge State Resort Park – April 2, 2015 Wildflower Report

Signs of spring are all over the place at Natural Bridge!  The early wildflowers currently in bloom include hepatic, rue anemone, bloodroot, and spring beauty.  Wild ginger is starting bloom and the red trilliums have leaves and buds and should begin bloomming within a week.  The peak of wildflower bloom is typically anywhere from mid to late-April  here at Natural Bridge.

The Kentucky Native Plant Society will be having their annual Wildflower Weekend at Natural Bridge on April 10-12, 2015.   This is a great opportunity to take fieldtrips to learn more about wildflowers and other plants from the professionals!  For more information about this event, visit the Kentucky Native Plant Society’s website at http://www.knps.org

Along with wildflowers showing signs of new life, the chorus of melodious bird songs have started to fill the forest again.  The peak time for migrating songbirds at the park is typically late-April to mid-May.  Park Naturalist, Brian Gasdorf, will be posting bird sightings at Natural Bridge State Resort Park regularly through the months of April and May on eBird at http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational2/US-KY-197?yr=all

 (this link will take you to the Powell County, KY eBird sightings list posted by various birders).

Posted in Birding Report , Eastern Region , Wildflower Reports |

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park’s Signs of Spring

As spring peeks it’s head out of a very rough winter we are beginning to see signs of  its arrival.  As you drive through the park you can see a few Spring Beauties popping up here and there.  The hills and edges of the roads are getting greener and more lush with these 70 degree days we have been having.

Many of the trees are starting to bud out. This red maple is already getting some tiny leaf formations.  The red buds can be seen all over the hillsides and around the lake areas.  We should be seeing some dogwoods and redbuds soon.

Take advantage of the beautiful weather and visit Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, you will enjoy the view!

 

 

Be sure to remember Lake Cumberland State Resort Park’s 10th Annual Geocache Event April 24-26, 2015.

For more information contact Robert Myers at RobertA.Myers@ky.gov

or call 270-343-3111.

 

Posted in South Central Region , Wildflower Reports |

John James Audubon State Park Henderson, KY

Dutchman's Breeches

Our hillsides are covered in white and light pink flowers. Harbinger-of-spring, Dutchman’s breeches, Cutleaf toothwort, and spring beauty border the trails, shelters, and roads. Within the next few weeks purple and burgundy flowers will emerge. Flowers from Recurved trillium, phlox, Appendaged waterleaf, Paw Paw, and Dwarf Larkspur will attract a completely new set of pollinators. Shake off the winter and come this Saturday to the Wildflower Extravaganza. Three walks, at 9, 11, and 1; and a children’s scavenger hunt are planned. Contact Julie McDonald at 270-826-2247 for more information.

Wildflower Extravaganza
Saturday, April 4
9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
Audubon Museum
Join us for three leisurely hikes to see the vibrant forest flora. Additional programs for all ages will also be available.
9 —10:30 a.m. Wildflower walk – Audubon Museum – Front Porch
Learn about the traditional uses of native wildflower plants on this half- mile to one-mile hike.
11 a.m.—12 p.m. Wildflower walk – Audubon Museum – Front Porch
Learn about the traditional uses of native wildflower plants on this half a mile hike.
12 —12:30 p.m. Kids Wildflower Scavenger Hunt – Audubon Museum Back Porch
In this 30 minute program for children ages 3-5, we’ll learn about shapes, colors and our local flowers on this easy paved trail.
1 —2 p.m. Wildflower Walk – Audubon Museum – Front Porch
We’ll identify as many flowers as we can on this challenging 1-mile trail.
Staff Contact: Julie McDonald at (270) 826-2247 or juliea.mcdonald@ky.gov

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Mammoth Cave is waking up

March flowers mark homesites at Mammoth Cave National Park.

 

After what seems like a very long winter’s nap, Mammoth Cave National Park is reawakening to spring.

Daffodils, or March flowers as they are called locally, mark the location of homesites where people lived prior to the park’s designation.  The non-natives are a reminder of home life in the communities like Cade, Little Jordan, Elko, Chaumont, and Good Spring.  Lines of daffodils at Maple Springs Group Campground denote the walkways between buildings at a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps camp – the buildings and walkways are gone, but the flowers remain.

Posted in Wildflower Reports |

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

Early spring wildflowers are beginning to emerge through the leaf litter on the forest floor. The best trail for the earliest wildflowers is the Clifty Creek trail near the dam.  There are a few species already in bloom including: spring beauty, forkleaved toothwort, squirrel corn and early saxifrage. Birders should watch the lake for migrating waterfowl.  A Louisiana waterthrush was also spotted near the waterfall off the lake trail on Friday.

Learn more about these and other early spring wildflowers at our first of the month hike on April 1st at 5:00P.M. The easy hike will last approximately one hour and will leave from the lodge lobby.

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