Falls Ridge Preserve, Montgomery County, Virginia

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Yesterday, 13 April, was a beautiful day in this part of Virginia so I chose to hike the trails at Falls Ridge Preserve, a Nature Conservancy property famous for Spring wildflowers. I was not disappointed. It has a 3.5-mile loop trail that ascends from 1500 feet to about 2100 feet elevation, most of it in a half-mile stretch.

The trail starts in a glade replete with trillium blossoms.


1. Large-flowered trillium (trillium grandiflorum)
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2. Trillium
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After a steep climb, the trail passes through mature hardwood forest.

3. Trail through the forest
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4. Large-flowered Bellwort beside the trail
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Eventually, the hiker gets a view down to Ellet Valley through the trees.

5. View
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Here, the hillside is dotted with wild phlox.

6. Phlox
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After crossing a knob at 2100 feet, the trail descends gradually through woods decorated with blooming redbud.

7. Forest trail
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8. Birdsfoot violets beside the trail
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Back at the bottom, one finds quite a array of wildflower species.

9. Columbine
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10. Rue Anemone and Cutleaf Toothwort
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11. A multi-petaled Hepatica
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12. And a friendly garter snake!

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Thanks for walking along with me.
 
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North Springfield VA
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Bill Walderman
Yesterday, 13 April, was a beautiful day in this part of Virginia so I chose to hike the trails at Falls Ridge Preserve, a Nature Conservancy property famous for Spring wildflowers. I was not disappointed. It has a 3.5-mile loop trail that ascends from 1500 feet to about 2100 feet elevation, most of it in a half-mile stretch.

The trail starts in a glade replete with trillium blossoms.


1. Large-flowered trillium (trillium grandiflorum)
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2. Trillium
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After a steep climb, the trail passes through mature hardwood forest.

3. Trail through the forest
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4. Large-flowered Bellwort beside the trail
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Eventually, the hiker gets a view down to Ellet Valley through the trees.


Here, the hillside is dotted with wild phlox.

After crossing a knob at 2100 feet, the trail descends gradually through woods decorated with blooming redbud.

7. Forest trail
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8. Birdsfoot violets beside the trail
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Back at the bottom, one finds quite a array of wildflower species.

9. Columbine
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10. Rue Anemone and Cutleaf Toothwort
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11. A multi-petaled Hepatica
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12. And a friendly garter snake!

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Thanks for walking along with me.
Thanks for taking us along!
 
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NC, USA
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Aaron
I really miss the mountains! I grew up near Boone, NC, and spent a lot of time hiking and biking all over northwestern NC and southwestern VA.

Thanks for giving us a glimpse of such a beautiful nature preserve.
 
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