Sunflower Fields on River Road
Friday, July 19, 2013
Posted by: Mark Alpert
Located on River Road in Western Montgomery County, McKee-Beshers
Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 2,000-acre tract in a mixture of woodlands, fields, wooded
bottomland and managed wetland impoundments (green-tree reservoirs).
The WMA shares a common boundary with the National Park Service
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal to the south and borders Seneca Creek
State Park, a 1,200-acre public hunting area, on the east.
Each year the state of Maryland plants thousands (no, tens of thousands) of sunflowers in several fields within the boundaries of the WMA. In 2013 they've planted 7 fields encompassing 48 acres of flowers.
Update 07/23/13: The sunflowers have just passed peak bloom. A limited number of flowers may still be visible the weekend of 07/27/13 to 07/28/13.
Most of the fields are accessible only via gravel roads and hiking paths. In order to view them you'll need a hybrid bike or 4-wheel drive vehicle.
There are a couple of smaller fields which are adjacent to River Road and are easily accessible when riding by on your road bike. You'll see a small gravel parking lot on the south side of River Road about a mile west of Riley's Lock, between Partnership Road and Hunting Quarter Road. Scroll down for a detailed map.
Here is a link to the website
Recommended viewing location for cyclists with road bikes.