Wild Flowers on the Bull Run Run Trail

by Gary Kniping

Blue BellsBecause of the cool spring in the Northern Virginia area and the relatively early date for the 2001 BRR, there were fewer wildflowers along the course this year. However, for the observant runner while slipping in the mud and/or looking out for rocks and exposed roots, nature's color was still on display. Virginia Bluebells, the unofficial flower of the BRR, were out but just barely. Most were seen between the Cub Run crossing and the north turn-around. For veterans of the "battlefield", the Bluebells are a welcome sight returning from the southern loop because when you see them again along the river floodplain, the finish is within two miles. Below is a list of other wildflowers I saw along the course :

I'm sure there were others out there. If any runners saw some that I missed, Anstr would be happy to add them to the list. Thanks again to Scotty and his VHTRC assistants for allowing us runners the opportunity to enjoy nature's splendor.

Happy trails,

Gary   (#138)

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