When Will the Sunflowers at McKee-Beschers Bloom in Maryland

The sunflowers at McKee Beshers 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 to McKee-Beshers Sunflower Fields

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.

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Where are the Sunflower Fields located at McKee-Beshers

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 is another field that blooms in September, check it out here.

Taking Kids to McKee-Beshers Sunflower Fields

I personally would not take toddlers to McKee Beshers if you want to see more than one of the sunflower fields.  Some of the sunflower fields at McKee Beshers does 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 field, 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 sunflowers.

McKee Beshers sunflower fields would definitely be better for older kids to run around and explore.  If you want to see some pretty sunflower fields with your toddler I would recommend this sunflower field that blooms in September.  This one has areas with shorter sunflowers perfect for little ones!

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