Toxic Beauty: Mayapple Hike at Forney Creek Trail | Catawba Lands Conservancy

april 2024

06apr10:00 am12:00 pmFeaturedToxic Beauty: Mayapple Hike at Forney Creek Trail

Event Details

Join us for a hike into the Catawba Lands Conservancy’s Forney Creek Conservation Area to see colonies of the spring ephemeral plant known as the mayapple. All parts of this native plant are toxic (except for the fully ripened fruit), yet it rewards our curiosity with a lovely white flower, resembling an apple blossom, hidden beneath distinctive umbrella-like leaves. The plant is visible above ground for only a few months in spring, with the bloom period lasting only 2-3 weeks.

Our hike will include a 0.5-mile out-and-back trip for the mayapple sighting, followed by a 3-mile out-and-back trip in the other direction to a wetland observation deck, for a total of about 3.5 miles. The level of difficulty is rated “easy” with minor change in elevation along the natural-surface trail.

Because we will need to exercise care to avoid contracting a rash from the mayapple plants, please do not bring your pets and closely monitor any children who accompany you.


  • Course: 3.5 miles natural surface trail
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: Saturday, April 6 | 10am – 12pm
  • Parking Address: 1601 Forney Creek Parkway, Denver, NC 28037
  • Participant Age Requirement: 12+

We Provide:

  • Experienced program leader(s)
  • Snacks
  • First aid equipment
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray

You Should Wear/Bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Plenty of water
  • Sun protection
  • Personal medical supplies (EpiPen, inhaler, etc.)


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Forney Creek Trail

1601 Forney Creek Parkway Denver, NC 28037

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Catawba Lands Conservancy