Mercer County’s secluded, natural beauty is what makes it the perfect destination for those seeking to recharge. Hunt for West Virginia wildflowers and some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state at these two parks.
What types of wildflowers will you find in Mercer County’s parks? Scan the forest floor for these beauties:
Large-flowered Trillium: The three distinct petals on this flower are a dead giveaway that you’ve found a trillium. Look for these flowers in shades of white, red and pink.
- Jack-in-the-Pulpit: This flower is also known as Parson-in-the-Pulpit or the Plant of Peace because it looks like a minister preaching over their congregation.
Dutchman’s Breeches: This little wildflower looks like a pair of breeches – look for clusters of them on a stem.
- Bloodroot: This delicate flower has a small, white bloom with a yellow center. It gets its name from the red juice in the roots – Native Americans used it as a dye and a cure for ailments.
Trout Lily: Look for bright yellow blooms when searching for a trout lily. The leaves on the plant of this wildflower have similar markings to a brook trout. These are the hardest to find -but you might spot some at Bluefield City Park!
- Wild Columbine: This scarlet flower is one of the easiest (and prettiest!) to find from April through June in Mercer County.
Camp Creek State Park
Just two miles off I-77, you’ll find the peaceful Camp Creek State Park. Here, you’ll find 35 miles of hiking trails and 6,000 acres of forest. Visit Camp Creek State Park for two of West Virginia’s most scenic waterfalls: Mash Fork Falls and Campbell Falls. These two falls are just a short hike down Turkey Loop Road and Trail. In the spring and summer, hunt for West Virginia wildflowers in the forest on a hike.
Brush Creek State Park
Right outside of the small town of Athens, you’ll find a hidden gem that’s perfect for photographers and nature lovers. Brush Creek is a piece of land protected by The Nature Conservancy. Right before the preserve, you’ll find Brush Creek Falls – the largest waterfall in southern West Virginia. Brush Creek is also home to many wildflowers and uncommon plant species, including the rare Canby’s mountain-lover and white cedar. In spring, migrating warblers are abundant in the preserve, too. Hike the 2-mile trail to see dramatic displays of trillium and other wildflowers.
Experience a guided hike
On May 4 at 8 a.m., Meet the Ranger at Camp Creek State Park for a wildflower and waterfalls hike. Here is your chance to spot some of these flowers during West Virginia’s spring season. To reserve your spot, call the Mercer County CVB at 304-325-8438.