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23rd Annual wildflower Saturday

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Wildflower Saturday is an annual 1-day event held in DeSoto State Park atop Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne, Alabama.
Springtime at DeSoto State Park is truly beautiful, with wildflowers & trees blooming around every corner.
Join DeSoto State Park staff & volunteers for a wonderful day of learning about the many species of blooming plants found on Lookout Mountain.


 DeSoto's trails can vary from fairly flat terrain to slightly steep inclines & rocky ground. Each hike is marked for its difficulty level.  Be sure to wear appropriate footwear & bring along water & snacks along on the hikes. Through out the course of the day you will be able to choose from 3 separate hikes during the day, each hike with different leaders.

9:00 a.m. - 1st Hikes of the Day
11:30 a.m. - Lunch(on your own) 
1:00 p.m. - 2nd Hikes of the Day
3:00 p.m. - 3rd Hikes of the Day
7:15 p.m. - plant presentation at Lodge

Trail Maps & Wildflower Checklists can be found at the Lodge, Country Store and Nature Center.
DeSoto State Park Map (PDF)
All hikes are free to the Public and no registration required!**
**We ask that larger groups RSVP to help us make everyone's wildflower experience better!

Contact Info:
Brittney M. Hughes,
Park Naturalist at DeSoto State Park
7104 DeSoto Parkway NE Fort Payne, AL. 35967
Office: 256.997.5025 OR Fax: 256.845.8286 

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  The Azalea Cascade Hike:
Starts on DeSoto's Azalea Cascade Boardwalk and ends at the Country Store.
 Meets behind DeSoto's Country Store on the deck
Hike Times: 9:00 a.m.
                     1:00 p.m.
                    3:00 p.m.
Easy to Moderate 
This hike has the easest terrain, suitable for people with limited mobility or younger children. Starts out along the Talmadge Butler ADA-Accessible Boardwalk Trail & continues along for both an elevated & ground-floor view of the hardwood forest. Ends at Azalea Cascade, with an option to venture off of the boardwalk on a trail that ends back at the country store.

Various plants to see: Pink Lady Slipper, Mountain Laurel, Wild Ginger, Catesby’s Trillium, Galax, Trout Lilly, Sweet Shrub, Mountain Honeysuckle, Yellowroot, Dwarf Iris, New York Fern, Wild Geranium, Cucumber Magnolia, Wild Azalea, and much more.
The Rhododendron Trail Hike:
 Goes from Country Store towards DeSoto's pool area and down the yellow trail, ending at Indian Falls. Meets at DeSoto's Nature Center
Hike Times: 9:00 a.m.
                     1:00 p.m.
                     3:00 p.m.
Moderate to mildly strenuous  
Classified as Moderate to mildly strenuous because of the length and slightly rocky terrain; this hike is great for walking under the forest canopy & among flowing creeks. Follows along the bluff line overlooking the West Fork of Little River, and ends at scenic Indian Falls.

Various plants to see: Catawba Rhododendron, Wild Camellia, Rosebay Rhododendron, Yellowstar Grass, Wild Huckleberry, Mountain Laurel, Trailing Arbutus,  Bluets, Solomon’s Seal, Catesby’s Trillium, Galax, Sweet Shrub, Fringe Tree, Partridgeberry, & much more.
  The Little River Hike:
Starts at Indian Falls, follows the yellow trail and circles back to Indian Falls.
 Meets outside DeSoto's Country Store on grass.
Hike Times: 9:00 a.m.
                      1:00 p.m.
                      3:00 p.m.
Moderate to mildly strenuous  
Also classified as moderate to mildly strenuous, this hike starts at Indian Falls & goes down a slight incline to follow along the West Fork of Little River. Terrain is rocky with some minor rock-hopping next to the river. Trail curves around & starts a gradual curve up to the bluff above Little River & ends back at Indian Falls.

Various plants to see: Mountain Honeysuckle, Mountain Laurel, Catawba Rhododendron, Nuttall’s Rayless Goldenrod, Yellowroot, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Indian Cucumber Root, Wood Sorrel, Tag Alder, Ashy Hydrangea, Oxeye Daisy, Coral Honeysuckle, Flatrock Onion, Neverwet, Royal Fern, Joe Pye Weed, Cinnamon Fern, Rattlesnake Plantain and much more.

There are over 900 species of plants to be found in DeSoto State Park!




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