Blue Ridge Mountain guided hikes for every season followed by food tastings to support local farming.
The Appalachian Mountains are among some of the oldest and most bio-diverse mountains on the Earth and are home to a vast array of animal and plant species. In fact, no other mountain range in North America has more species of plants than the Blue Ridge. In this series of plant walks we will discover, smell, and even get to taste some of these native specimens. Guests will learn to use all of their senses in the identification of these species and a brief history of the plants and\or the area we are visiting will be provided. Some of the areas we will visit are ecologically sensitive areas so proper forest stewardship will also be highlighted
This walkabout is focused on spring wildflowers, wild leeks (known as ramps by the locals), and morel mushroom hunting. At the end of this trip we will gather all of the plant material we have collected and cook it up over an open fire back at the outpost for a foraged dinner! The dinner will take place at Hidden Holler CampGround and the NC Outdoor Adventures Outpost consisting of local raised beef London Broil, Ramps, Morels, Tators, Eggs and salad!
Who is this for: Anyone! Kids 8 and under are free! While kids are always welcome, please be mindful as we do not want children leaving these classes to forage on their own without supervision! It is important to note: some of the plants we learn about have look a-likes that can be deadly. This is why education is key!
Kids 8 and under are free but pay $10 for food tasting
Where: Trips meet at the NCOA outpost in Bakersville, NC and take place at several locations locally.
When: Stay Tuned for 2021 Dates.