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Walk among the wildflowers

Wild irises bloom in the Big Creek Watershed. Donated photo Wild irises bloom in the Big Creek Watershed. Donated photo

Local wildflower expert Donna Machen will lead a pair of hikes in the Big Creek Watershed of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tuesday, April 13, and Saturday, April 17. 

The group will meet at 9:30 p.m. and begin with a one-hour introduction to wildflowers, with an easy 4-mile hike to follow, concluding by 3 p.m. 

Machen began learning to identify wildflowers more than 25 years ago, and the Big Creek Watershed is one of her favorite places to find blooms while they’re most abundant, between April and May. 

Organized by Haywood Waterways Association, the events are free for members with a $5 donation requested from nonmembers. The hikes are part of HWA’s “Get to Know Your Watershed” series of outdoor recreation activities. 

Space is limited. Bring a camera and wildflower books, but no pets. RSVP to Christine O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.476.4667, ext. 11. 

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