Things to Do

Bluebells Are in Peak Bloom at Bull Run Regional Park

The blue flowers will likely last for another week or two.

Photograph courtesy of NOVA Parks/Bull Run Regional Park.

The cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin are past their peak, but another spring beauty has just entered the spotlight: Virginia bluebells. The flowers are currently in peak bloom at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, where the wildflower paints more than 150 acres of forest floor a bright azure each year.

The park is one of the largest concentrated areas for bluebells on the East Coast. A great way to enjoy the bell-shaped buds is by hopping on the aptly named Bluebell Trail, a mostly flat one-and-a-half mile loop that takes you through the woods and past streams. (Be sure to wear some mud-friendly shoes—it is a dirt trail near water.) Keep your eyes open for 25 other varieties of wildflowers on the path, which is located just off of the Bull Run Occoquan Trail.

For a guided stroll, join a naturalist for a 90-minute “beauty of bluebells” walk on Thursday, April 11 at 10 AM . According to Bull Run Regional Park, the bluebells will likely last for another week or two.

Jessica Ruf
Assistant Editor