What better way to experience
spring than walking in fields of wildflowers?
In April, we hike through vineyards of Tarara Winery and along the Potomac, a
plant migration route near Lucketts, Virginia. John DeMary, naturalist and
wildflower expert, guides you as he identifies and teaches you to identify
early spring flora and fauna along the riverbank and trails. You will finish back at the winery, with a wine tasting on Tarara's Lakeside Lawn scenic picnic area. Hikers will receive a background on the wines and the winemaking process.
In May or June, we walk through a forest of
wildflowers on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains 16 miles west of
Middleburg, VA in the Thompson Wildlife Management Area. The location of our
trail head 2,000 feet above sea level allows for an exciting floral diversity
of Showy Orchis, Trillium, Lady Slippers and other spring wildflowers late into
June. The hike ends in style with refreshments at Naked Mountain Winery. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in the classic wine tasting at the winery, featuring wines such as their signature Chardonnay, Make Me Blush Rose, and a variety of other reds. Naked Mountain wines were served at the White House during
the George H.W. Bush Administration and the Clinton Administration.
Participants will receive a wildflower identification
checklist and information about historical medicinal use of plants. Birds and
other wildlife will also be identified on the tours. The level of difficulty is
non strenuous to moderate, and beginners are welcome.
Trip length:2 hr hike at Tarara, 2.5-3 hr hike at Naked Mtn. Plus about 1 hr for wine tasting.
2013 Season: At Tarara: April 21, 2013 Sunday
At Naked Mtn: May 19, 2013 Sunday and June 2, 2013 Sunday
Departure Times: 1pm
$3 collected/person by the winery for wine tasting in accordance with the law
Add 5% tax + $2 user fee
Bring: Hiking shoes/boots, sack lunch (if
lunch time), water and day/fanny pack
Wildflowers & Wine
First choose the correct date using the table above!
Less than 18 hours
notice? call 301-695-5177 or 888 i GO PLAY spaces fill
Groups of 15+ can book this trip other dates than
Wear: Wear comfortable hiking clothes and sturdy hiking shoes.
DIRECTIONS FOR TRIPS FROM APRIL-MAY
10th Tarara Winery 13648 Tarara Lane Leesburg, VA 20176
From Leesburg, VA From the
intersection of Route 7 and Route 15, follow Route 15 North approximately 10
miles to the Village of Lucketts. Take a right onto Route 662. Follow Route 662
for 3 miles to Tarara Winery entrance on the left. Follow our signs upon
entering Tarara. Park on the grass next to the blacktop parking lot
Alternate Route from Leesburg,
VA From the intersection of Route 7 and Route 15, follow 15 North
approximately 4 miles to Limeston School Rd./Route 661. Turn right on 661 and
follow to the end (3 miles). Turn right onto Spinks Ferry Road/Route 657.
Follow Route 657 2 miles to Lost Corner Rd/Route 662. Turn left onto Route 662.
Follow Route 662 1 mile to Tarara Winery entrance on the right. Follow our
signs upon entering Tarara. Park on the grass next to the blacktop parking
From Point of Rocks, MD Take Route
15 South for approximately 3 miles. Turn left onto Route 658. At the stop sign
turn left onto Route 662. Follow Route 662 for 1 mile to Tarara Winery entrance
on the left. Follow our signs upon entering Tarara. Park on the grass next to
the blacktop parking lot.
DIRECTIONS FOR TRIPS FROM MAY 11- JUNE
Thompson Wildlife Management Area
Directions: Google Maps directions for Thompson Lake, VA. You will park
at the Lake parking area in the Thompson Wildlife Management Area 2.5 miles
south on County Road 688 Leeds Manor Rd.
After the hike you will drive another 2 1/2
miles south on Leeds Manor Road to Naked Mountain Winery on the left. 2747
Leeds Manor Road/Route 688 Markham, Va 22643
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