Rock Bridge Memorial State Park begins spring wildflower walks

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | 4:41 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Wildflower walks at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park have begun, though this year's early spring makes it hard to know exactly which flowers might be blooming. 

Different trails are explored on the walks, which will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays until May 23. Hikers begin at the Devil's Icebox parking lot, where they meet park volunteer Randal Clark, the longtime leader of the Wednesday walks.

Park naturalist Roxie Campbell said hikers could see shooting stars, jack-in-the-pulpits and birdsfoot violets.

The hikes will help people enjoy the beauty of the flowers and learn more about them, Campbell said. "There's a secret life behind each plant."

Campbell will lead "Where the Wildflowers Grow," a special wildflower walk on April 29. Reservations are required.

The hike includes identification tips and information about flowers that are good to eat and those that have medicinal properties.

For information and reservations, call 449-7400.

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