McKee-Beshers Sunflower Fields in Maryland 2020 COVID 19
COVID-19 Opening Status at McKee Beshers: McKee Beshers planted the sunflowers May 13, 2020. Sunflowers at McKee Beshers will be open for 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. They advise to social distance from other visitors at least 6 feet away and also to gather in groups of no more than 10 people.
If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m a huge fan of fields of flowers and sunflower fields are no exception. I had the chance to check out the sunflower at McKee-Beschers Wild Life Management Area in Maryland and it is stunning.
Why McKee Beshers Plants Sunflowers Annually
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources doesn’t plant sunflowers at McKee Beshers just for your Instagram! They plant the sunflowers as a source of food for the mourning doves and other creatures that reside in the area. Honey bees also love the pollen these sunflowers provide.
Unfortunately, if visitors destroy, pick, or trample the sunflowers the wildlife in the area lose the benefits of the sunflowers. So if you are visiting please be careful not to step on the flowers.
When Will the Sunflowers Bloom
McKee Beshers sunflowers in Maryland bloom mid-July. The bloom can last anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks. One year due to heavy rain and thunderstorms the full bloom at McKee Beshers only lasted a week.
What to Wear and Bring
Because these sunflowers are in a wildlife management area, there are TONS of MOSQUITOS and TICKS. Spray your clothes before you go with a bug spray specifically for your clothes and any exposed skin with a deet insect repellent. I’ve tried the natural insect repellents but they did not work for me. This area, in general, is highly infested with ticks (and yes we have the kind that carries lime disease) and mosquitos so I’d spray heavily before you go and wear long pants if possible. Also, wear sneakers or close-toed shoes because you will be walking on uneven ground and grassy areas that will be hard to traverse if you are wearing sandals. You won’t need hiking shoes but if it has rained recently the ground could be kind of muddy and squishy.
Location of Sunflower Fields at McKee Beshers in Poolsville
McKee-Beshers sunflower field is located in Poolsville, Maryland and about 30-40 minutes from Washington, DC. The sunflowers are planted throughout the wildlife area. The main field though is the one right after you see the sign for McKee-Besher. This field has the biggest sunflowers. Last year I didn’t come to this one during full bloom, we actually ended up at one of the smaller fields which was still stunning, but had smaller sunflowers. Each field is special in its own way and I’d recommend checking them all out, though it will require quite a bit of walking.
There are 3 sunflower fields planted for 2019 at McKee-Beshers, for the location of each field see here.
Parking at McKee-Beshers Sunflower Fields
Parking for the sunflower fields at McKee-Beshers is easy and not crowded. McKee Beshers has multiple areas designated for parking and none of the spots were too crowded. Detailed parking map here.
If you miss the Sunflowers at McKee-Beshers
Last year I went right before peak and they were beautiful and I went again a week after peak because I had missed the main field, and they were mostly drooping and gone because we had some huge rain storms. These flowers are just like the cherry blossoms in this area, how long they last highly depends on the weather. If you miss them there here are 5 more sunflower fields in Maryland and Virginia that bloom later.
Taking Kids to McKee-Beshers Sunflowers
I personally would not take toddlers to McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area if you want to see more than one of the sunflower fields. Some of the sunflower fields at McKee Beshers do take quite a bit of walking to reach and you will end up carrying your toddler. Though if you only want to see the main sunflowers, this was quite a short walk and would be more suitable for toddlers. BUT the sunflowers are pretty tall here so you may need to do a bit of walking to find shorter ones.
McKee Beshers sunflowers would definitely be better for older kids to run around and explore. If you want to see some pretty sunflowers with your toddler I would recommend Clear Meadow Farm sunflowers that bloom in September. This one has areas with shorter sunflowers perfect for little ones!