Poolesville Sunflower Fields Are Blooming

The sunflowers at McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area off River Road near Poolesville are in full bloom this month. Each year the sunflowers draw thousands of people, including photographers, nature lovers, and artists to enjoy the sight.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) plant nine fields with sunflowers to provide food for wildlife, primarily mourning doves. The McKee-Beshers WMA is a public hunting property and the state of Maryland has a hunting season on mourning doves that opens Sept. 1st every year.

Visitors should remember that the property is a wildlife management area and not a park, so there are no public bathrooms, no garbage cans, no picnic tables or shelters, and there is the potential for exposure to poison ivy, mosquitoes, and ticks. Find a DNR map of the area, here.

This short video captures some of the sights from the sunflower fields.


Photos taken July 4


Visit the Department of Natural Resources website for more information on the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area.

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