News Release 079

Explore spring wildflowers April 16 at Washington State Park

Volume 39-079 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MARCH 28, 2011 – April is the perfect time to view early spring wildflowers and the 1,000 Steps Trail at Washington State Park near De Soto is the perfect place to see them. Join park staff for a guided walk of the trail from 10 a.m. to noon on April 16 to see this magnificent floral display. The program is free and open to the public to attend.

During the guided walk, visitors will learn how to identify several of the different species of native wildflowers found in this rich environment. During the walk, park staff will discuss how some of Missouri's most beautiful woodland wildflowers brighten our forests, support native wildlife, and help humans in many different ways.

Visitors should meet their guide at the Thunderbird Lodge. The walk will begin on the 1,000 Steps Trail, which is 1.5 miles long, and may also include portions of the Opossum Track Trail if time permits. The hike is considered an easy trek; however, good walking shoes should be worn by all participants as muddy and slippery trail conditions may be encountered. Wildflower identification guides are available for purchase at the Thunderbird Lodge. Cameras are welcome and encouraged. The walk will be cancelled in the event of rain.

Washington State Park is located on State Highway 104 off Highway 21 between De Soto and Potosi. The park offers many amenities, including a campground with basic and electric sites; a showerhouse with laundry facilities; campground programs; a modern pool; cabins with full kitchens; canoe and raft rentals; a camp store and gift shop; 10 miles of hiking trails; and several picnic sites throughout the park.

For more information, call the park at 636-586-5768 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit