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!
Spring Wildflower Walk - May 13, 2-4 PM
Celebrate Mother's Day and the arrival of spring with a wildflower walk at the Jennings Environmental Education Center. Jennings staff will introduce the unique history, uses and folklore of the season’s first blooms. More than just a pretty face, each spring wildflower has its own history and personality. For countless generations, wildflowers have been admired and revered for their beauty and usefulness as foods and medicines. Native Americans, as well as early European settlers, largely depended on the extraordinary healing powers of wildflowers for common ailments. Catch the splendor and brilliance of these spring beauties before they have come and gone. This walk will be approximately 1/2 mile in length over rolling terrain. The program will take place rain or shine and no registration is required. For more info, click here.
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!
Tours of Preston Park
Butler Township will be offering public tours of Preston Park including the residence and the grounds on the following dates in 2018.
- Saturday, May 12th at 9:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, June 20th at 6:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 19th at 9:30 a.m.
- Saturday, October 13th at 9:30 a.m.
- Saturday, November 24th at 9:30 a.m.
This 2 to 3 hour walking tour is available at no cost, but registration is required and spaces are limited. In addition to the dates listed above, private group tours may also be arranged for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to register for a tour, contact the Administration Office at extension 212 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here.
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!
Wildflower Wanderings - May 5, 10 AM-12 PM
North Shore McDanel’s Launch is a popular area, but many people may be overlooking delicate gems of spring in the nearby woods. Join members of the Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania, and park staff, as we explore the woods along a portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail, hunting for these beautiful flowers of spring. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a snack or water if you wish. Park in the McDanel’s area, and meet by the trail near the purple martin houses along the entrance road. For more info, click here.