Wye Mountain covered in daffodils

Wye Mountain daffodils in full bloom. (Photos by Gwen Green)

The drive is worth it.

Wye Mountain, and its namesake United Methodist Church, are in Perry County.

North and west of Little Rock on Highway 10, it is roughly parallel to Mayflower and a solid 40 minute drive from most anywhere with people. WHile getting there is half the fun, the payoff is the annual Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival, that continues until Saturday, March 20.

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The festival is free to enter but donations are suggested. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What you get is a remarkable, near 10 acres of nothing but daffodils and on a recent excursion, the flowers were in full bloom with most varieties a bright yellow, while some are paler and others nearly white.

In this time of the coronavirus, social distancing is easy given the acreage.

The festival is sponsored by and a fundraiser for the church, a former United Brethren congregation with the building raised in Augus 1928. United Brethren and the Methodists combined in the 1960s to form the United Methodist denomination.

If you thought that February’s near two feet of snow would have been a problem, it turns out daffodils are cold-tolerant as is plainly obvious in the splendid color and size of the blossoms.

If you go, and have been previously, there’s some changes from years past as close to the entryway parking is now for vendors and the handicapped, with festival goer parking extending up and around the church. There’s also more port-a-potties and an extensive lineup of food trucks that weren’t open on our visit. A concession stand was open for drinks, soup and some delicious cinnamon rolls.