Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve is one of my favorite parks on the peninsula. The park contains a mix of forest and grassland, and is well-known for its spring wildflowers. Many of these flowers are found on the serpentine soils that underlie the park’s open meadows.
WHERE TO PARK & MEET. We will meet at 10:00 AM at the main park entrance on Edgewood Road. The entrance is on the south side of Edgewood Road, near the intersection with Crestview Drive. There is a small parking lot on Edgewood Road, and another small parking lot a few yards down the entrance road. If both parking lots are full, then you might be able to find parking a half mile away, along Edmonds Road (near Pulgas Ridge OSP), which can be reached by entering Crestview Drive and turning left immediately onto Edmonds. Parking can be a problem, so carpooling is encouraged. We will meet at the pedestrian bridge that crosses the creek from the parking lot on Edgewood Road.
THE PLAN. We will walk counter-clockwise around the park, a journey of about 3.5 miles. We will begin by taking Edgewood Trail, which climbs up through the forest until emerging onto the serpentine grasslands. Then we will take the southern portion of the Serpentine Loop Trail. It is along this trail that we should see most of the wildflowers. While on this trail we will take a very short detour on the Live Oak Trail to see the views from the Live Oak hilltop. Finally, we will return to our starting point by taking the eastern portion of the Sylvan Loop Trail back down through the forest. We are scheduled to be finished around 2:30 PM. Be sure to carry water and some lunch!
EQUIPMENT. Your equipment should be comfortable to carry on a 3-mile walk. Wear appropriate shoes. The main focus of the walk is spring wildflowers, so a macro lens could be helpful. But there will also be opportunities for landscape shots, where a wide-angle lens could be helpful.
Here is a map of the park:
Here is the website for the park, including information on other naturalist-led walks: