Butler County is in Bloom! As the weather is warming and the sun is shining, there’s no better time to embark on a wildflower walk. Whether you want to go on a scheduled tour or head out and explore on your own, here are some places we’d recommend. You’ll be sure to spot beautiful spring flowers along the way…
Wolf Creek Narrows is known for its spectacular display of spring wildflowers, including Virginia bluebell, trout-lily and white trillium to name a few. You’ll be amazed as numerous springs pour from cracks in steep walls, creating small waterfalls that flow into the creek. This is one of the most scenic spots to find wildflowers blooming in the spring, so be sure to make a trip to this unique natural area.
From the trailhead and kiosk, a 1.5-mile loop footpath begins by leading upstream over level terrain to the point where the creek is pinched between rocky bluffs. The trail then climbs steeply along the sloping shoulder of the gorge’s eastern flank, meanders through an upland deciduous forest, and then descends back to Wolf Creek just upstream from the starting point. The trail is moderately-difficult, but suitable for families with children; the trail along the stream is an easy walk. For more info, click here.
Jennings Environmental Education Center is one of several state parks specifically dedicated to provide environmental education and interpretation to the community. Here you’ll find a unique combination of prairie and forest, with a 20-acre prairie ecosystem that is home to distinctive prairie plants. Open sunrise to sunset, you can venture through its trail networks at any time, or check out the community programs available. Also be sure to check out their upcoming event!
Preston Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, consists of walking trails, ponds, wildlife and numerous unique plants. Open from dawn until dusk, you can enjoy nature, find flowers blooming and check out the park’s points of interest, including a lily pond, a lilac grove and much more. You can also explore by attending a public tour; check out the details below!
Moraine State Park is known for its beauty and miles of hiking trails. Wander through forests and grassy areas, along lake edges and even past wetlands. For a scenic spring hike, check out all of the trails Moraine has to offer. For a trek through a variety of habitats and terrains, try the Sunken Garden Trail, offering three loops of varying lengths and easy hiking. For a more difficult hike, try the Hilltop Trail, where you’ll find different stages of forest regeneration. No matter which trail you choose, you’ll surely find wildflowers blooming. Don’t forget to check out their upcoming event!