Spring Ephemerals along the Potomac

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Join us for an early spring hike along the Virginia side of the Potomac River where we’ll keep an eye on the Spring Ephemerals that may be blooming. We’ll begin our hike near the American Legion Bridge where we’ll pick up the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail to Turkey Run Park. Along our way we’ll look out for Cutleaf Toothwort, Spring Beauties, Dutchman’s Breeches, Bloodroot, and if we’re lucky, maybe even some Virginia Bluebells. There are two stream crossings and a steep incline up to Turkey Run Park where we’ll search higher ground and stop for a snack before we retrace our steps back to the trailhead.

Difficulty: Moderate, steep climbs and stream crossings
Distance: ~ 7 miles
Elevation: ~500ft

Where to Meet: Please meet at Cooper Middle School, located at 977 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22101

Please arrive by 7:45 am to arrange carpools and leave for the trailhead by 8:00am.

What to Bring: Hikers are encouraged to pay attention to the forecast and take into consideration fluctuating temperature and factors such as wind and rain. Please contact the hike leader if you have questions.

• Minimum 2L of water
• Lunch and snacks
• Cool weather hiking gear (jacket/sweatshirt)
• Sturdy hiking shoes
• Extra pair of socks
• Rain gear
• Preferred hiking gear (poles)

Location Specific Weather Forecast: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.9627&lon=-77.1556#.XFTDvGhKhPY

Parking: Please park at Cooper Middle School: 977 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22101. From there we will carpool at 8:00am to trailhead where there are a limited number of parking spots.

Contact: For questions please contact Faizan ([masked]) or call[masked]