Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

Throughout the park the following flowers have been seen in bloom: Blackberry, Western Daisy, Dwarf Dandelion, Bluets, Small Bluets, Yellow Wood Sorrel, Long-leaf Bluet, Violet Wood Sorrel, Lyre-leaved Sage, and Philadelphia Fleabane.

Many migrating birds have found their way back to their nesting grounds here at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Warblers, vireos, tanagers among other birds can be heard singing in the forest. Several species of birds are nesting in the park.  Northern Rough-winged Swallows are nesting in the sandstone cliffs near the park’s beach. American Robins, Chipping Sparrows, Eastern Bluebirds, and Eastern Phoebes are nesting in various locations around the park. Recently the following birds were spotted at or near the park’s public beach: Solitary Sandpiper, Canada Goose, and Pileated Woodpecker.
This weekend Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is hosting a Beginning of Summer Beach Blast from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. on May 24 at eht park’s public beach.

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Pink Lady’s Slipper – Pine Mountain State Resort Park

Although some wildflowers have already peaked, the star of the show has just started to pop up around Pine Mountain State Resort Park. This particular plant was spotted on the Fern Garden Trail. A member of the orchid family, this plant has two large, elliptic leaves at the base of a flowering stalk on top of which rests the

 ”pink slipper.” Flattering the forest floor with its pink beauty and growing up to 16 inches tall, this flower truly shines! When venturing out on the trails keep your eyes open for the exquisite and colorful, Pink Lady’s Slipper, and be sure to bring your camera!

Come see it for yourself and stay in one of the cottages, rustic cabins, or lodge rooms. There is no better place to go hiking, birding, or escape from the daily routine! Call or go online to make your reservation today.

(606) 337-3066

http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/pine-mountain/

Posted in Eastern Region , Wildflower Reports |

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

Spring is well on its way at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Trees with notable flowers are the Flowering Dogwood, which should hold its blooms through the weekend, and Black Locust, which are just beginning to bloom. Throughout the park the following flowers have been seen in bloom: Dwarf Dandelion, Bluets, Small Bluets, Yellow Wood Sorrel, Long-leaf Bluet, Violet Wood Sorrel, Lyre-leaved Sage, and Philadelphia Fleabane. Two notable wildflowers that can be found on the park’s Indian Bluff Trail are Virginia Spiderwort and Pennywort.
The most notable migrating songbird to be spotted at the park is the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The best place to spot the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at the park is at the bird feeders around the dining room. Several species of birds are nesting in the park.  Northern Rough-winged Swallows are nesting in the sandstone cliffs near the park’s beach. American Robins, Chipping Sparrows, Eastern Bluebirds, and Eastern Phoebes are nesting in various locations around the park.
This weekend Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is hosting the second annual Derby Day Celebration. For more information on the event and photographs of the wildflowers in bloom go to http://pennyrileforest.blogspot.com/

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Check out Mammoth Cave’s webcam

Mammoth Cave NP webcam image

Watch the seasons change on the Mammoth Cave National Park webcam.

 

Keep tabs on the spring green up at Mammoth Cave National Park via the park’s webcam, overlooking Green River.

Spring, summer, fall or winter — the park always looks inviting.  And as the guides like to say, “it’s always a good day to go in Mammoth Cave.”  Why? because the cave air is always 54 degrees F; cool in the summer, balmy in the winter.

Find the webcam at http://www.nature.nps.gov/air/webcams/parks/macacam/macacam.cfm

Posted in Wildflower Reports |

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Prestonsburg, Kentucky

With the wonderful Spring weather we are having, wildflowers are blooming everywhere!  The most abundant wildflowers seem to be on the Moss Ridge Trail and Jenny Wiley Trail.  Don’t forget to check out the cottage road leading up the hill from the lodge, this is a great place to see many different species also.  Flowers showing their bloom include, Wood Vetch, Lyre-leafed Sage, Dutchman Britches, Wild Geranium, Spring Beauty, Smooth Yellow Violets, Purple Violets, Dwarf Crested Iris, Quaker Ladies, Colts Foot, Blood Root, and Cinquefoil.

Bloodroot

This will probably be the last week to catch a few remaining blooms of Goldenstar Lily located on the Mountain Bike Trails and Sassafras Trail.

We are seeing a lot of migratory birds making their way into or through Jenny Wiley. Also, a lot of resident birds are being very photogenic.  This weeks list includes: Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Kentucky Warbler, Common Yellow Throat Warbler, Hooded Warlber, American Redstart, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Bluebird, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, White Eyed Vireo, American Bald Eagles, and the Easter Wild Turkey is filling the woods with their gobbles.

Looking for a great place to camp?  Jenny Wiley State Resort Park offers a 118 site campground with camp store, bath houses, and planned recreational activities.  There is no better place to stay while your hiking, bird watching, looking for wildflowers, or just want a nice getaway.  Make your reservation today at http://www.reserveamerica.com/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=KY&parkId=91907

 

Posted in Birding Report , Eastern Region , Wildflower Reports |

Dogwooods Galore at Lake Cumberland

As you drive around the park you can see the beautiful dogwoods etching every part of the landscape.  They dot the hillsides and drape along the roadways.  It’s actually pretty difficult to look in any direction and not see a white or pink dogwood in full bloom.

The weather is in the mid 70s and lower 80s this weekend, so take advantage of this natural beauty.  Take a drive to Lake Cumberland and enjoy the beautiful view.  While you’re here you might want to do some hiking, picnicking,  or camping.  Great weather, great view!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Camper Appreciation Weekend April 25 – 27, 2014.  Pay for Friday night and Saturday night is on us!
  • 9th Annual Geocache Event May 2-4, 2014.Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will be hosting its 9th Annual Geocache Event. You don’t want to miss the fun, food, games, and caches! Mark your calendars now for May 2-4, 2014. There will be trail caches as well as park and grabs.
  • Registration is $30 per couple, $20 per individual, and $10 for children 12 & under. There will be a limited number of discount rate rooms blocked for the event which will be on a first come first serve basis.
  • Event t-shirts available for pre-registration participants only. Costs will be announced at a later date.For more information contact : Robert Myers at RobertA.Myers@ky.gov or call 270-343-3111.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Green!

    budding trees and stream

    The surface-side of Mammoth Cave National Park is going green!

     

    Green, green and more green.  Spring is sporting every shade of green imaginable on the surface-side of Mammoth Cave National Park.  You can see it and you can smell its freshness.  Ahhhh!

    Come out and be a ranger on Junior Ranger Day, Saturday, April 26 — take a hike, and learn how to read a compass, tie a knot and build a campfire.

    Enjoy YOUR national park!

    Posted in Wildflower Reports |

    Spring Beauties at Lake Cumberland State Resort

    Spring Beauties

    Since last weeks post would not co-operate I am reposting it this week, too pretty to miss!

    Over the last week or so, the sarvisberry and redbud trees are beginning to open up and dot the hillsides along the park road.  The dogwoods can ‘t surely be far behind.  The trees that are blossoming out are a bit sparse right now, but what a difference a few warm sunny days can make!

    The trails would be a great place to see more of these spring beauties.   The more area you cover the more you are going to see.   Get out and see all the colors coming to life soon at Lake Cumberland SRP.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Easter Egg Hunt Saturday April 20, 2014 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
    • Camper Appreciation Weekend April 25 – 27, 2014.  Pay for Friday night and Saturday night is on us!
    • 9th Annual Geocache Event May 2-4, 2014.Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will be hosting its 9th Annual Geocache Event. You don’t want to miss the fun, food, games, and caches! Mark your calendars now for May 2-4, 2014. There will be trail caches as well as park and grabs.
    • Registration is $30 per couple, $20 per individual, and $10 for children 12 & under. There will be a limited number of discount rate rooms blocked for the event which will be on a first come first serve basis.
    • Event t-shirts available for pre-registration participants only. Costs will be announced at a later date.For more information contact : Robert Myers at RobertA.Myers@ky.gov or call 270-343-3111.Click here for the event flyer
      Geocache Weekend Flyer.pdf  

      Click here for event registration form

      Geocache Weekend Registration Form.pdf

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Posted in South Central Region , Wildflower Reports |

    Lake Cumberland State Resort is Bursting With Color!

    The ornamental peach at Pumpkin Creek Lodge is bursting with vivid pink blossoms.  As you drive by the lodge road the blossoms catch your eye immediately.

     

     

     

     

    This dainty blue phlox is scattered all around the road sides and along trails.  This is one of the flowers that truly usher in springtime.

     

     

     

     

    Last but not least is the trillium.  It is just beginning to start to open, but within 2-3 days they should be yellow blossoms everywhere.

     

    • Easter Egg Hunt Saturday April 20, 2014 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
    • Camper Appreciation Weekend April 25 – 27, 2014.  Pay for Friday night and Saturday night is on us!
    • 9th Annual Geocache Event May 2-4, 2014.Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will be hosting its 9th Annual Geocache Event. You don’t want to miss the fun, food, games, and caches! Mark your calendars now for May 2-4, 2014. There will be trail caches as well as park and grabs.
    • Registration is $30 per couple, $20 per individual, and $10 for children 12 & under. There will be a limited number of discount rate rooms blocked for the event which will be on a first come first serve basis.
    • Event t-shirts available for pre-registration participants only. Costs will be announced at a later date.For more information contact : Robert Myers at RobertA.Myers@ky.gov or call 270-343-3111.

      Click here for the event flyer

      Geocache Weekend Flyer.pdf

      Click here for event registration form

      Geocache Weekend Registration Form.pdf

    Posted in South Central Region , Wildflower Reports |

    Dogwoods and redbuds!

    blooming dogwood and redbud trees

    Mammoth Cave dogwood and redbud trees are blooming together this week at the park.

     

    The dogwood and redbud trees are blooming this week at Mammoth Cave National Park.

    What else is in flower?  Trilliums, saxifrage, spring beauties, Jacob’s ladder, periwinkle, corydalis, pennywort, and pussytoes to name a few.

    The park will host a GoWildflower Day on Saturday, April 19, the first day of National Park Week.  Discovery Cave Tours will be free of charge on April 19 & 20.  Come out and enjoy YOUR national park!

    Posted in Wildflower Reports |

    Barren River Lake State Resort Park – Wildflower Report

    Because of the gorgeous weather we just had this past weekend, I was lucky enough to get out and hike around the park Saturday and witness the beauty of nature’s sights and sounds.  If wildflowers are of interest to you, now is the time to plan a visit to our park because there is an abundance of them blanketing the forest floor.  Spring beauty can be found everywhere on the park along with rue anemone, trilliums, bluets, and violets.  There are some special spots where you can find phlox, pennywort, and shooting stars too.  Along my hike I also passed by a babbling stream and had the opportunity to listen to the flowing water and hear and see several species of frogs and toads sing in chorus together as they looked for a mate this spring.  If you would like to view more pictures of wildflowers and a short video I captured of the chorus of frogs, check us out on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BarrenRiverStatePark

    Our next upcoming event is Campers Appreciation Weekend on April 25-27, 2014 where you can camp two nights for the price of one!  We will have a variety of activities planned for you including a nature hike to see wildflowers and astronomy programs including a night observation.  You don’t have to be camping to enjoy these activities, you just have to love the outdoors. 

    Also don’t miss out on our Spring Hoot 5K race on May 10, 2014 to run or walk through our beautiful park.

    For more information contact Jamie Avery at Jamie.avery@ky.gov

    or call the park call 1-800-325-0057.

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

    Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Prestonsburg, Kentucky

    Goldenstar

    Seems “old man” Winter has tucked his bitter head for another year and finally Spring temperatures have brought us our long awaited natural treasures for another season.  In the eastern part of our state at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, our moutains seem to be coming alive with color.  The eastern red buds and dogwoods are showing their beauty along the lake road, while the cottage road is starting to show signs of many wildflowers blooming.  Quaker ladies, Lyre-leaved Sage, Spring Beauty, Cut-leaved toothwort, and Wood Vetch just to name a few.  Also, on the Mountain Bike Trails you will see Goldenstar Lilly all along the low lying area.  With the spuratic rainfall and nice Spring temperatures, wildflower season looks to be very colorful the remainder of this month and early May.

    Be sure to visit the park on Saturday April 19 for our annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Campground.  This year we will have 5000 eggs for ages 12 and under.  Also, we will be serving Easter Buffet in the dining room at the May Lodge Sunday April 20 from 12 noon till 8pm.

    Posted in Eastern Region , Wildflower Reports |

    Southern Crabapple

    The Crabapple trees around E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park are beginning to bloom! In a few short days, they will be full of tiny pink flowers, which will eventually fade into green leaves. The miniature apples that grow on the trees are not very tasty to humans, but wildlife love them! The fruit grows in the Fall, and usually persists through the Winter. I noticed last year, the Crabapple trees had a lot of fruit left on the limb when Spring arrived; this year they are picked clean. With the mild Winter in 2013, the animals could have found food in their storage spots, or even still growing for most of the season. This year, with the extremely cold and harsh Winter, the animals used all of their stored resources early, and had to eat the left over fruit crop on the Crabapple trees.

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    Redbuds are blushing

    Redbud flowers budding

    Redbud flowers are beginning to show color at Mammoth Cave NP.

     

    The redbud trees in and around Mammoth Cave National Park are just beginning to show their bright blush of pink.

    Hwy 70 and Hwy 255 on the routes into the park from Cave City and Park City will soon be lined by blooming redbuds, followed soon by dogwoods.

    Posted in Wildflower Reports |

    Wildflowers at John James Audubon State Park

    Known as one of the earlier blooming spring flowers, spring beauty can be found on all of the trails at John James Audubon State Park

    Henderson, KY-We’ve managed to cover all of April’s average rainfall amount in one 48 hr timeframe. This weekend, however is supposed to be beautiful for the Wildflower Extravaganza. Wildflower hikes are scheduled for 9am, 11am, and 1pm at the Audubon Museum. Continue reading

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    Spring Has Sprung At Lake Cumberland!

     

     

    Spring has definitely sprung at Lake Cumberland this week.  It sprang up with boys and girls everywhere.  Many schools were out for spring break this week and Lake Cumberland State Resort Park was happy to see so many program participants.  This program was filled with “budding” new archers learning the art and skill of archery.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Posted in Photos , South Central Region |

    Barren River Lake State Resort Park 1

    Finally, Spring has arrived!  After a long cold winter, spring was highly anticipated and a welcoming event.  Here at Barren River Lake State Resort Park signs of spring are popping out everywhere.  As you drive through the park you will see buds of red among the treetops and greener grass and hints of fresh green undergrowth in the woods.  As you pull up to the lodge you will see daffodils have sprouted up and if you would like to see more spring flowers, take a hike on one of our trails.  Along the edges of roads and open fields bluets are sprouting everywhere you step.  In the woods, trilliums are out, though the flowers haven’t emerged yet.  The most prolific early-blooming flower in the woods right now is the cut-leaf toothwort, which isn’t very showy but is noticeable because of its abundance.  Make plans to visit and see the beauty of spring at our park.  Check back to keep updated on what’s blooming at Barren. Article written and photos taken by: Jamie Avery, park naturalist

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    Natural Bridge State Resort Park – Spring Wildflower Update

    At long last spring has arrived at Natural Bridge!  The early flowers have graced the forest with their timely welcome as heralds of spring.  The tiny yellow flowers of spicebush are beginning to burst forth adding a bit of color for the observant hiker.  A little more obvious, are the beautiful white, pink, and bluish flowers of the sharp-lobed hepaticas which are in full bloom.  Hepaticas can be seen at the lower elevations of the park from the valley floor about halfway up to the ridges.  Spring beauties (see picture to the left) are beginning to bloom with their dainty pink-striped white flowers.  Trailing arbutus, tiny shrubs only several inches tall, are beginning to bloom along the ridge top trails with small pinkish white flowers that often hide beneath their evergreen leaves.  As long as the warm weather continues, it is estimated that the peak of spring wildflower bloom this year will be the 3rd or 4th week of April.

     

    Posted in Eastern Region , Wildflower Reports |

    Spring Beauty

    Here we have the wonderful Spring Beauty! This little charm is a sure sign that Spring is here! Only about the size of a dime, it is a good thing they grow in large colonies along the woodland ground. They have the ability to carpet the ground due to their excellent seed dispersal technique; the dainty little flower will produce seed pods, that explode sending seeds as far as two feet away! These flowers may be small in size, but they have the adapted to the cold spring nights, windy days, and short lengths of sunlight, that other wild flowers have a hard time dealing with.

    In the past, they were considered a great food source. The roots, or tubers, can be dug up and crushed into a mashed potato consistency. Tasting a bit sweeter than mashed potatoes, some consider them natures candy! Pioneer children would readily dig up the tubers, and although time consuming, those who have done it themselves say it is completely worth the effort. Digging up the roots can be detrimental to the plants persistence in that area. Once the roots are gone, they will not come back the next year. It is not worth picking the flowers, as they will wilt within a couple of hours and lose their color. Instead of picking a flower, why not take a picture? The picture will last forever and the actual flower is left behind to show off it’s brilliance to other visitors.

    Have you seen any of these beautiful little flowers around your area? Take a walk into the woods to see! Where there is one, there is likely thousands more!

    Posted in Wildflower Reports |

    March flowers in bloom at Mammoth Cave National Park

    Girl photographs March flowers

    March flowers are blooming at Mammoth Cave National Park.

     

    March flowers have always signaled warmer, sunshiny days at Mammoth Cave, even before it became a national park in 1941.

    Cabins, stores, barns, and hotels once dotted the park’s 53,000 acres.  Three churches, cemeteries, and the march flowers, or daffodils, stand in testimony to the families who gave up their land to create the 26th national park.  Each spring the daffodils return like ghosts of the past, outlining the walkways and foundations that were removed in the 1930s.

    Posted in Wildflower Reports |

    Color me Spring!

    Although we kept the evergreens and the neutral colors of dormancy all winter, it is finally time to start seeing those pops of color which represent Spring, life, and warm weather! The first eye brightener of Pine Mountain State Resort Park has made an appearance in the Round Leaved Violet. This bright yellow flower was spotted on the Honeymoon Falls Trail,  March 22. Typically showing flowers before expanding their leaves, this member of the violet family was an eye popping sight for the weary eyes,tired after a long winter.

    Credit: Beth Byrnes

     http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/pine-mountain/

    Posted in Eastern Region , Wildflower Reports |

    Wildflower watch at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

    Even though I just walked outside and saw a snowflake falling rest assured spring is on its way here at Big Bone Lick. The first three flowering plants to start growing on the park this year are spiderwort, phlox, and blue-eyed Mary. These three plants have just broken the surface and are already a couple of inches high. While their full bloom is still some weeks off we will keep updates going about them and any other spring plant that can be found on the park, including my personal favorite the spring beauty.

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    Spring Is In the Air!

    Taking a walk around the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, I can definitely start to see the signs of Spring returning. Grasses are beginning to grow, some early buds are popping up on the trees, and even some blooms have been spotted! As the weeks go on, we will document what we see around the park with some fun facts and pictures. Keep your eyes peeled, and you never know what might pop up around your favorite nature spot!

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