So for years now I’ve been scouring the Billy Goat B and C trails in C&O Canal NHP for wildflowers, while hardly ever bothering with the trail that’s about 100 yards from my house. I had hiked parts of the Cabin John Trail a few times not long after moving here. The trail is in bad condition, overused, and there are a lot of invasive plants along it. I figured it would be a showcase of English ivy and lesser celandine, so I hadn’t hiked it in more than a year.
I wasn’t wrong, but boy was I stupid. I’ve been a few times in the last two weeks and was shocked at the diversity of native plants in this one and a half mile stretch, which includes three I’ve never seen at C&O.