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.
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.