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Flowers at Ohio River Bluffs

Bluebell and Dutchman's breeches at Ohio River Bluffs.


Arc of Appalachia Wildflower Pilgrimage
April 17 - 20, 2014

Hosted at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, Bainbridge, Ohio

Multiple registration packages available for a 1-3 day event

noun. A long journey or search, especially one driven by an exalted purpose.

Our destination is no less than the search for spring itself. Our quest? The miracle of earth’s resurgence and resurrection.


Special Offerings for Easter Weekend 2014

- Three full days of guided field trips, presentations, and full meals.

- Friday pilgrimage through the rare floral displays of the Ohio River Bluffs followed by wine-tasting and dinner at Moyer's Winery on the Ohio River. Van transportation from the Highlands Nature Sanctuary to the Ohio River Bluffs and back is included.

- Choose from five guided field trips on Saturday to view southern Ohio’s most beautiful wildflower displays.

- Saturday night dinner at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary followed by a special presentation by Warren Hauk - Ancient Healers: A World View of Ferns.

- Sunday morning pancake & sausage breakfast.

- Easter in the Woods: A non-denominational celebration of beauty, balance, and rebirth.

- Sunday pilgrimage through Barrett's Rim at the Sanctuary, followed by Easter luncheon.

Trillium and Mushroom

Trillium at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary.


What is the Wildflower Pilgrimage?

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the popular Wildflower Pilgrimage is hosted in Bainbridge in southern Ohio - showcasing the beautiful Arc of Appalachia Preserve System and other natural areas. The event features day hikes with the area's best naturalists to botanical hotspots throughout the region. The food is memorable. Hikers are supplied with a delicious packed lunch each day, as well as breakfast and dinner.

The Appalachian foothills of the Arc of Appalachia region have one of the richest wildflower displays to be found in the Eastern United States. Each year the Pilgrimage is timed to catch the region’s showy showcase of white-flowering trilliums, which bloom alongside cascading colonies of blue cohosh, fairy wands of miterwort and anemones that carpet the rocks, and color bursts of yellow wood poppies and purple larkspurs.

The annual ephemeral display featuring dozens of species of flowers - all blooming at once - is as close to heaven on earth as any nature spectacle you’ll ever experience.

Where is the Pilgrimage?

The Pilgrimage is hosted at the Arc’s largest preserve, the 2200-acre Highlands Nature Sanctuary, known for its scenic karst springs, grottos and the sheer-walled canyon of the Rocky Fork Gorge. The event is headquartered at the Sanctuary's visitor center, the Appalachian Forest Museum, where most of the indoor gatherings will be held.

Hikes will be held at botanical hotspots throughout the five-county region of the Arc of Appalachia.


More Information

Weekend Schedule | About Each Guided Trip | Frequently Asked Questions
Lodging Options | Directions | Registration | Payment & Cancellation

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