Hike through G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area for a rainbow of Virginia's natural riches: acres of trillium, native orchids, nesting/migrating warblers, & other bodacious birds.
Our adults-only hike is up to 6 miles -- depending on what we find -- on single-track, rocky, hilly trails, including a bit of the Appalachian Trail. We'll hike at a slow to moderate pace and we'll stop intermittently to identify wildflowers and use the iNaturalist app -- but this is NOT as slow or short as a typical wildflower hike and it's NOT for hikers with balance problems.
Here's a sampling of our RAINBOW:
RED: Scarlet tanagers and red-bellied woodpeckers
ORANGE: Baltimore orioles and American redstarts
YELLOW: Yellow lady slipper orchids and hooded warblers
GREEN: Fiddlehead ferns and tulip poplars
BLUE: Cerulean warblers and pipevine swallowtail butterflies
VIOLET: Actual violets and violet-colored showy orchis
PINK: Large-flowered trillium and wild geraniums
WHITE: Large-flowered trillium and mayapples
BROWN: Morel mushrooms and wood thrushes
REGISTRATION: Contact hike leader (Barb22030 AT yahoo DOT com) for additional details. Carpooling is strongly encouraged from the Vienna Metro since the trillium parking lot is tiny.
IMPORTANT: PERMIT REQUIRED: Please do NOT attend if you don't have a permit. You need to buy a $4 daily or $23 annual access permit for Virginia's Wildlife Management Areas from the state or buy a fishing license. ($20 lifetime available to 65+). You can call[masked] or buy it online here: https://license.gooutdoorsvirginia.com/Licensing/CustomerLookup.aspx
More info here:
MEET: ****NEW TIME!**** 12:30 p.m., North Side of Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro, sidewalk at Kiss & Ride ("D" on this map: https://www.wmata.com/rider-guide/stations/upload/evacuation/75.103.pdf )
WEATHER: Heavy rain or thunderstorms cancel