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Selfie Alert: Bluebells Are at Peak at Bull Run Regional Park

Looking for a nice place to take a walk? This weekend, this could be it.

The Bluebell Trail at Bull Run Regional Park is peaking this week. Photo by Marjorie O'Brien.

The cherry blossoms have largely faded, but that doesn’t mean your Instagram feed won’t still be sprinkled over the coming days with people posing themselves, their kids, and their pets against a backdrop of flowers.

Enter the bluebell.

If you haven’t had enough of a spring-flower fix, consider a trip to Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, where just now the Bluebell Trail is peaking. The 1.5-mile loop trail is surrounded almost its entire length by a carpet of the delicate blue buds, which are native to Virginia, along with other wildflowers such as trout lily. Even without the flowers, it’s a nice walk in a park, mostly along water (both Bull Run and Cub Run) where you’ll also spot—and hear—toads and frogs.

There’s a Wonder of Wildflowers guided walk on Sunday, April 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (While it’s too late to sign up for the Bluebell 5K on Saturday, April 13, be aware that it’s happening.) Your best bet for avoiding the heaviest crowds is to visit on a weekday.


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