Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

There is a peaceful trail along a creek in the woods in southern Lancaster County that comes alive with color every spring. Shenk’s Ferry wildflower sanctuary is quite impressive, boasting more than 70 species of wildflowers that bloom each spring. Mid-April is usually a good time to see the greatest variety of flowers, but every year the blooms come out at slightly different times. So no matter when you go, there will be colorful surprises waiting for you!

One of our favorites is the Virginia bluebell; they unfurl from purple buds to become beautiful blue trumpet-shaped flowers. We spotted this bumblebee on the trail wearing a bluebell party hat!

Each year we find different treasures. This year the colorful columbine clung to the rock walls, while elegant white trillium dotted the forest floor. 

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