Back to All Events

Guided Hike: False Aloe with Michelle Reynolds

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve (map)

Join native plant enthusiast, Michelle Reynolds, for a hike to the limestone quarry where we will observe and discuss the plant species that inhabit there including the blooming false aloes (Manfreda virginica). The glade-like quarry floor is home to redbuds, eastern red cedar, rusty blackhaw, and gnarled hackberry trees. Grasses dominate the landscape where Lindheimer’s beeblossom, wild bergamot, wild petunia, and milkweeds bloom throughout the summer.   Hikers will notice the differences between the limestone quarry ecosystem and the forest canopy found throughout the mountain. This hike is 2.5 miles roundtrip with moderate inclines.

*Please register below to reserve your spot for this hike AND complete the waiver.


Name of Participants *
Name of Participants