In April and early May, 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.
In later May and 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.
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.
Dates:April-mid June. Custom Dates for groups of 15 or more, based on availability
|Pricing||Price includes:hiking guide and transportation||Suggested age:12||Trip length:custome||Season:
April – June
|Cost:||Adults $46.00 Kids 12 & under $25.00||Departure Times: Custom|
|Based on Group of 15 or more||Bring: Hiking shoes / boots, sack lunch ( if lunchtime), water and day / fanny pack|
|Add $2.25 user fee/person|
Thompson Wildlife Management Area Directions (mid May thru June):
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.
Tarara Directions(April & May):
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 lot
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.