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Sue Browning Wildflower Hike



Chief Logan State Park Bluebells
Chief Logan State Park, which lies four miles north of the town of Logan, is home to another very popular trek, the Sue Browning Wildflower Hike. This event is named for a member of the Logan Garden Club who was instrumental in the walk’s early stages.
 
State Parks District Administrator Bob Beanblossom attributes the park’s rich soil to the diversity of wildflower species that can be found there. “I’m always amazed with the amount of wildflowers we find. Some years we’ll see anywhere from 75 to 100 different species.”  Although Bluebells are most readily associated with this trek, Beanblossom says that there are dozens of other species to see, including some of his favorites: Celandine-poppy, Larkspur, Squirrel-corn and Dutchman’s-breeches. Early blooming trees like Redbud and Dogwood also are plentiful along the trails. 

On average, 50 to 100 people participate in the walk each year, which takes place in mid-April. Trail types and lengths vary from short, casual walks ranging from 2 – 2 1/2 miles, to longer hikes of 7-8 miles. Beanblossom, who usually leads the longer hike, likes to spend time telling hikers about the history behind the plants they’re seeing and discussing how they got their common names. He says, though, that some of the most important information he can pass along to participants is about what to take from the park and what to leave behind. “It is against the law to remove any natural artifact - plant, flower, rock or moss - from any state park or state forest. The only things anyone should ever take from the wilderness are pictures and good memories. The only things they should leave behind are footprints.”