April showers bring May flowers and that statement is so true when it comes to the state of Virginia. The state has so many trails and fields with blooming wildflowers worth exploring. Pictures don't do these rare plants justice, so going out to see them for yourself is an absolute must. These Virginia trails with wildflowers might bring some positivity and adventure to your day — and all those amazing nature views too.

Some of these trails might even lead you to a few waterfalls as well. From the sweeping fields of violet hues to wild horses and lush landscapes, these hiking trails are full of blossoming buds.

On this list, you'll find beautiful hiking destinations to escape to, and without breaking the bank. Either free or with a small fee, your wallet and your mind will thank you on these breathtaking Virginia hikes of floral paradise!

Roaring Run Recreational Center

Price: Free

Address: 450 Roaring Run Rd., State Road 621, Eagle Rock, VA

Why You Need To Go: This trail is only 1.5-miles out and back and will take you to Roaring Run Falls and a natural waterslide. There'll be pink lady’s slippers, many different species of violets, and other wildflowers dotting the path on this hike.

Blowing Springs Recreation Area — Back Creek Gorge Wildflower Trail 

Price: Free

Address: SR 39, Warm Springs, VA 

Why You Need To Go: This trail follows an old railroad bed and is only a 1.3-mile hike. You'll be lead to a swimming hole and a small waterfall, and pass many native flowers blooming next to you. 


Grayson Highlands — Cabin Creek Trail 

Price: $7 for parking

Address: 829 Grayson Highlands Ln., Mouth of Wilson, VA

Why You Need To Go: While this trail is only 1.8-miles long, it's a difficult one with steep stairs during the trek. There's a 25-foot waterfall at the end, and you'll pass hundreds of colorful Rhododendron on the way.


George Washington and Jefferson National Forests Dense Blazing Star Field

Price: Free

Address: 5162 Valleypointe Pkwy., Roanoke, VA 

Why You Need To Go: This trail is filled with purple blazing star flowers. Butterflies are attracted to these specific flowers so you'll feel like you're in a fairytale when you travel along this trail. 


Bluebell Island Trail on the Clinch River

Price: Free

Address: Wise St., St Paul, VA

Why You Need To Go: This 3.8-mile round trip hike is an easy one. The Bluebell Island Trail is blooming and ready for visitors to meander along the scenic Clinch River. This trail connects Bluebell Island Preserve to the Sugar Hill Trail System through St. Paul.


Mason Neck State Park — Bay View Trail

Price: $7 for parking

Address: 7301 High Point Rd., Lorton, VA

Why You Need To Go: This moderate hike is about 1.2-miles and is pretty popular. It's right by the beach so it's the perfect place to find wild animals, birds, and even some rare plant species.

Whether you're a floral fanatic or are simply looking for a scenic space to get away, you'll definitely want to add these Virginian trails to your bucket list.


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