The acidic soils in much of DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) support a lush growth of mountain laurels and rhododendrons, but do not provide a good habitat for many of the spring wildflowers found in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Although less than 3000 feet north of DSRF, Holmes Educational State Forest has an outstanding diversity of spring wildflowers, thanks to the exposure of a layer of alkaline rock on the hillside above Crab Creek. In a short walk, one can see many species of wildflowers and ferns. The ephemeral wildflowers such as blood root, trout lilies, and most especially the rarely seen Oconee Bells are blooming now.
Amy Kinsella, Education Ranger at Holmes Educational State Forest, will lead a slow-paced two hour walk to observe the spring wild flowers on Saturday, March 31. It’s a short walk (less than ¾ mile), but mostly uphill, so good hiking shoes are recommended.
The group will meet at 10 am by the kiosk in the picnic area at Holmes Educational State Forest located at 1299 Crab Creek Road, Henderson County, NC. The group is limited to 20 participants, so please sign up to be included.