In April we walk through vineyards of Tarara Winery and along the Potomac, a plant migration route near Lucketts, Virginia. Our naturalist and wildflower expert guides you as he identifies and teaches you to identify early spring flora and fauna on some of Virginia’s most beautiful river front land. The walk ends at the winery with a tasting of local select wines.
In 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. The tour concludes at Naked Mountain for a wine tasting featuring 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 & 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.
*Add $2.25 user fee
Minimum Age: 21
DIRECTIONS FOR TRIPS IN APRIL
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. All River and Trail guests will park in the main parking lot close to the Main Building; follow the signs to the tasting room and watch for River and Trail parking signs.
DIRECTIONS FOR TRIPS FROM MAY – JUNE
Thompson Wildlife Management Area
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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