Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve is truly a local treasure. If you haven’t made the trip to visit this beautiful preserve, now is the time to do it. Starting in March, this preserve is home to a renowned display of wildflowers, ranging from spring beauties to wild geranium. With a new, expanded parking area and easy and accessible walking trail, this preserve is a must-see in the springtime. Here are a few tips to enhance your visit!
If you can, visit during the week.
Shenks Ferry gets extremely busy on the weekends during the spring. If you can plan your visit for a weekday, you will be blessed with less crowds and a more peaceful experience in viewing the wide array of spring ephemerals up close.
The Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve brochure is great to have along with you as a guide to the most common wildflowers you will find on the preserve. A wildflower guide or app on your phone can also be useful in making the most of your visit. Note that the Conservancy will have staff and volunteers on-site at Shenks Ferry for weekends through the months of March and April, to assist in wildflower identification and other information during peak visitation hours.
Take nothing but pictures…
…leave nothing but footprints (and make sure those stay on the trail!). While they are hardy, these wildflowers are also delicate, so we ask that you take special precautions to stay on the trail while hiking at this preserve! And, of course, picking wildflowers not only takes the experience of viewing them away from other visitors, it also removes the pollination potential of the plant and its place in the ecosystem.
Please note that Shenks Ferry is carry in, carry out, meaning there are no trashcans (this includes dog waste bags!).
Always keep in mind the 10 essentials of hiking.
Remembering the ten essentials of hiking is good practice for any hike you take – whether you plan to be gone for a few hours on a paved trail or a few months in the backcountry. You can find the list and more information at the American Hiking Society.
Of final note…
Please be sure to access the preserve from Shenks Ferry Road. This will take you right to the newly improved parking area and access trail. A port-a-john has been temporarily installed during wildflower season to accommodate increased traffic.
Thank you to our generous sponsor Brookhills Investment Group for making educational programming about Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve and the native plants it protects possible this year!