In Virginia, and especially on the Middle Peninsula, you know it’s almost spring time when the daffodil bulbs start popping out of the ground and the yellow blooms begin to blanket the region.
In Gloucester, the largest area of the Middle Peninsula, there’s an annual festival to celebrate all things daffodil…and all things spring.
What does that have to do with the Virginia Water Trails of the Middle Peninsula, you might ask?
Well, the Gloucester Daffodil Festival is held on Gloucester Main Street.
Gloucester Main Street is your access point to Ware House Road, home of Warehouse Landing and a great spot to start a water, paddling excursion. This boat landing includes a concrete ramp large enough to support a mid-size trailer. Parking is free and open for you to spend the day on the Ware River, which flows into Mobjack Bay.
If you haven’t explored this access point, and are looking for a good reason to, consider planning a trip around the Daffodil Festival activities.
The 2019 Gloucester Daffodil Festival takes place Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 7 from noon to 5 p.m.
A parade kicks off the festivities at 10 a.m. Saturday, and leads into the weekend filled with entertainment (live music), children’s activities, a daffodil show, vendor sales, tours of nearby Brent & Becky’s Bulbs (an internationally known and loved daffodil farm), and a beer garden.
A 5K and Fun Run is planned each year on Ware House Road, so be sure to plan your paddle around that event.