April is the best time to get outside and view the lovely Virginia Bluebells.
Last year we missed seeing these pretty blue and pink flowers. I was so curious to see them, I knew we had to go somewhere that would be guaranteed to have them blooming. Bull Run Regional Park is famous for their Virginia Bluebells, so I watched their social media pages closely to see when they would be in full bloom. We went on April 9.
It’s easy to find the Bluebell Trail – it’s just across the road from Bull Run’s Atlantis Waterpark. The Bluebell Trail makes a 1.8-mile loop.
The Virginia Bluebells were quite impressive, carpeting the forest floor with dainty patches of blue.
We arrived bright and early in the morning, around 7:30am. We were mostly by ourselves until about 8:30-9:00am, when people started streaming over to the Bluebell Trail.
The Virginia Bluebell, Virginia Cowslip, or Mertensia virginica, is a member of the Borage Family (Boraginaceae) and blooms March to June. In Virginia the peak bloom time is in April. These native flowers grow throughout eastern and mid-western North America in floodplains and moist woods.
While most Bluebells are light blue, you can also find rare instances where they are pink.
I am glad we made a trip out to Bull Run Regional Park to see the Virginia Bluebells. It’s an enjoyable short walk through the woods and a great way to see these charming blue wildflowers at their finest.