Visitors Come to Shenandoah National Park for Wildflower Weekend

STANLEY, Va. (WHSV) -- All the warmer weather means some wildflowers are blooming in the southern parts of Shenandoah National Park. On Saturday, visitors enjoyed the start of the 28th annual Wildflower Weekend.

Naturalists and rangers explained flower types and histories to visitors. Flowers, including violets, are in bloom by Franklin Cliffs Overlook.

Rob and Ann Simpson, Guest Naturalists for the Wildflower Weekend, said people came from as far as Oregon just to see the wildflowers. When they visit the park, they often leave with a wider experience.

"But there's always that chance of seeing a bear crossing the road and a mother deer with babies and bobcats running along the top of the rails as you're driving along or hiking along,"said Rob Simpson, a Guest

"So these are very special plants and we love to see them and every spring these same wildflowers com back up and it's exciting," said Ann Simpson, Guest Naturalist and writer.

Naturalists will also be on planned trails to assist visitors on Sunday.

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