Here are six events to attend to get that perfect Instagram shot.
Move over cherry blossoms, it’s time for the bluebells to shine! This weekend marks peak bloom for these delicate blue flowers. Virginia bluebell blooms only last for a short period of time, so celebrate around NoVA this weekend before they disappear until next spring.
Bluebells and Bloodroots
April 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Spend the morning learning about the Riverbend’s spring blooms and the customs behind the plants. Take in the bluebells and other perennials as you walk along the Potomac River. // Riverbend Park: 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls; $8
Bluebells at Seneca Park, Virginia
April 13, 10 a.m.-noon
Join other local hiking and nature lovers as you enjoy the scenery on a four-mile hike along the river. The trail is relatively flat, so grab a leash and bring your pup along for the adventure. This event is for adults 18 and older. // Seneca Park: 101 Seneca Road, Great Falls; free
Virginia Bluebell Hike at Turkey Run Park
April 13, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tag along with the Fairlington Social Club as it hikes Turkey Run Park in search of bluebell blooms. Reward yourself after the 4-mile hike with some lunch and a refreshing cold beer. // Turkey Run Park: Turkey Run Loop Road, McLean; free
Cool Springs Bluebell Hike
April 13, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Immerse yourself in nature as you take in the beautiful surroundings along the Shenandoah River during a 3-mile hike. Catch nesting heron rookery, eagles and the bluebells and other wildflowers around the waterfall. // Shenandoah River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield: 1400 Parker Lane, Bluemont; free
The Wonders of Wildflowers
April 14, 10-11:30 a.m.
Take a walk down the 1.5-mile Bluebell Trail to truly witness the charm of these local flowers. Understand the history and importance of these perennial flowers to the local landscape. Participants must be ages 8 and older. // Bull Run Regional Park: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville; free
April 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Celebrate peak bloom at the 12th Annual Bluebell Festival. Grab the family and take a tour along the almost 1-mile patch of Virginia bluebells along the Cedar Run shoreline, learning about local ecosystems along the way. // Merrimac Farm: 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville; free
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