Off we go to the sunflower patch – the real directions

Sometimes the journey is more than the destination. Or whatever crap that’s supposed to mean to mollify those who get lost.

My wife Lisa wanted to see the sunflower fields at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Potomac. Supposed to be endless acres of sunflowers you can run through and feel energized.


We ventured across town, took the River Road exit past Congressional Country Club where I’ve covered countless golf tournaments and another 10 miles til you reach the end. Turn left, go 2 1/2 miles and there’s a easily-seen parking lot where you walk a short distance to the fields.

Only they’re not there this year.The government decided to let that field rest so they moved it to the right, we were told. OK, we walked about 10 minutes to the right to other fields and . . . nothing.

We started guessing where it could be as others joined us. I turned left and continued on River Road, quickly passed the right road and tried to double back later on Hunting Quarter Road with three parking lots. About a half mile down a single-lane road was a big tree across the road. Had to back up the half mile. The MVA driver’s test folks would be proud of me.

We went back to the other Hunting Quarter Road entrance by the first parking lot and down the one lane road again. Seriously, I don’t know what happens if you meet someone because there’s no shoulder. Anyway, go to the second parking lot that’s really big and then walk about 100 yards to the open field.

And there they were. Probably 500 yards or more on the right, 300 yards on the left. Since nobody can find the new field it’s pretty empty of people to keep the background of photos clear. The only downside for us was the sunflowers were only about four feet tall. But, figure they’ll probably be really good starting this weekend.

So go, have fun. Just look at this map below where I’ve marked the lot versus the government website that does zero. Seriously, it took me 30 seconds to do this so you’d think the local government could help its citizens out by also marking their map.

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Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.
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