Is it too early to talk about spring on this first day of February? Apparently not for the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Earlier this week they announced a partnership with the McCreary County, Kentucky, Tourism Commission and the U.S. Forest Service in the area's first Wildflower Discovery Weekend, scheduled for Friday, May 2nd, and Saturday, May 3rd.
The Yahoo Falls area provides a stunning variety of spring flowers on a short, moderate hiking trail. In addition to wildflowers, spectacular scenery is provided by the 113-foot tall Yahoo Falls, towering sandstone cliffs, a huge rock shelter, and an outstanding overlook of the Big South Fork River. The hikes will be led by U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service rangers and local volunteers. The Yahoo Falls Picnic Area is accessed from Highway 700, west of Whitley City, Kentucky.
The Blue Heron Interpretive Center at the historic Blue Heron Mining Community is a great place to learn about the history of the area, but it is also surrounded by dense diverse forest offering great opportunities to view wildflowers. Blue Heron is accessed by following signs from U.S. 27 south to 92 west and turning on 1651. Watch for signs to Blue Heron. Turn left on Mine 18 Road (Highway 742). Mine 18 Road ends at the Blue Heron Interpretive Center.
For further information, contact Tara Chaney of the McCreary County Tourism Commission at (606) 376-3008 or visit the website. To see the complete schedule of talks and hikes and to register for the events, please click here.