Hike 1: Spider Lily Plant and Critter Walk-a-bout
Join our plant and “critter” guides on this 1.5 mile, flat, round trip hike via the canal trail at Lansford Canal State Park, South Carolina. The park was named after its canal systems that lined the Catawba river. The canal was used to transport things via very large flat bottom boats designed to float in 18 inches of water. The boats carried items like bales of cotton and other goods. This was a robust area until the railroad was completed a few years after the canal system was finished rendering its canals useless. The ruins of the canals are very impressive to see with a lot of the canal still intact.
In addition to some plant identification and of course some lily info at the viewing deck guests can also expect to see several critters that call this area home on their guided hike. Some of those critters include: Red Bellied Water Snakes, Green Snakes, eagles, turtles, Blue Heron, Osprey, Red Winged Black Birds and deer.
Note if you’d like to get up close and personal with the lilies, we recommend booking our guided Spider Lily Kayak Trips. These trips begin selling out in February so booking in advance is highly recommend. See details here: https://www.thriftyadventuresnc.com/classes-and-trips/spider-lily-kayak-trips
When: 2 trips daily on the following weekends in 2020. Times are 12:30 and 5:30
May: 16, 17, 30, 31
June 6, 7, 13, 14
Where: Landsford Canal State Park, South Carolina
How much: Kids under 8 are free. Cost is $20 or $15 with the purchase of a spider lily paddle trip. To get the discounted price with a spider lily paddle trip guests can simply book it at the same time they are booking their lily trip, this option will be on the spider lily kayak booking form. Otherwise just click book now to book this hike!
More Plant Walk-a-bouts (Hikes 2-6): 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
Who is this for: Anyone! Hike description includes difficulty and length information. 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 $8 for food tasting
Where: Trips meet at the Thrifty Adventures Farm in Bakersville NC and take place at several locations locally.
Hike (2): Spring Ephemeral Plant Walk and Dinner
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 Camp Ground and the Thrifty Adventures Outpost consisting of local raised beef London Broil, Ramps, Morels, Tators, Eggs and salad!
Exact Hike location is to be determined but will be an easy hike with some elevation gain. Less than 2 miles.
When: 2020 dates coming soon
Where: location TBD. All trips take place in WNC in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Trips meet at the Thrifty Adventures Office: 1173 Whitson Branch Rd. Bakersville, NC 28705
Hike (3): Early Summer Wildflowers, Rhododendron, Azaleas + Desserts, Breads and Cheese
Plant Walk-A-Bouts: A series of hikes for each season. Hikes feature food we have foraged as well as other products sourced from local farms, supporting local farming!!!
In early summer the Blue Ridge Mountains put on quite the show featuring the flame Azalea, Turkey Beard, Gray’s Lily and various colors of Rhododendron. Join us as we hike these beautiful areas armed with plant identification guides. This hike will not focus on edibles but the focus is beauty! We will begin the day discussing hiking essentials and preparation. The class is meant to give guests the foundation for hiking safely and independently! After the hike join us at the farm for a dessert, bread and cheese tasting around the firepit. Bring your own relaxing beverage and fold out chair or blanket. Hike should last around 3 hours.
When: 2020 dates coming soon
Where: Meets at Hidden Holler Farm, Campground and Thrifty Adventures Outpost to arrange shuttle and/or carpool.
Hike (4): Summer Berries followed by Desserts, Wine and Cheese
Plant Walk-A-Bouts: A series of hikes for each season. Several hikes feature food we have foraged as well as other products sourced from local farms, supporting local farming!!!
We are berry heavy in WNC. While our berries might not be as large as the ones found in the grocery store the experience of hiking through wilderness trails to find them provides quite the treat. After the hike we will come back to Hidden Holler Campground and the Thrifty Adventures office to enjoy some common Appalachian Treats with homemade biscuits with various jams, camp fire cobbler, pie. The event will also sample local wine and cheese!
Locations: TBD. Hike will be an easy to moderate.
Where: trips meet at the Thrifty Adventures Office for carpool and shuttle arrangements
When: 2020 dates coming soon
Hike (5) Fall walk-a-bout: Leaf Tour and Plant Walk
Hike 4 Fall Walk-a-bout: Join Thrifty Adventures each season! One plant walk-a-bout along the Appalachian Trail in Roan Mountain NC features amazing Rhododendron and Flame Azaleas in the Spring/early Summer Plant walk (see Hike 2 mentioned above). We wanted to bring you something new to provide an experience on Roan for each of the seasons!
New this year: join us to visit a plethora of wild flowers with a 360 view of fall foliage.
Roan Mountain also known as Roan Highlands is the high point of the Unaka Range of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The mountain features a dense stand of Spruce-Fir Forest along with the world’s largest rhododendron garden and the longest stretch of grassy balds in the Appalachian range. Another neat feature is that the mountain features 5 peaks separated in half by Cavers Gap.
Our Hikes for this trip are considered moderate with some elevation gain. Hikes will be around 3 miles round trip with frequent stops for photos and plant identification. When we reach the summit, we will provide a small lunch consisting of homemade sourdough bread, local cheese, hummus, fruit and salami.
Note weather changes quickly on Roan. Dress accordingly. We recommend folks that have knee issues or problems with walking please bring hiking poles or a walking stick.
Location: Roan Mountain
Where: meet at the Thrifty Adventures Outpost to use shuttle or set up carpooling
When: Sunday October 6th
Hike (6) Winter Wonderland: Step into the real life Narnia
Join Thrifty Adventures as we hike the Appalachian Trail through a Spruce Forest up onto one of NC's most beautiful balds, Roan Mountain. This is the highest point of the Unaka Mountain Range where weather and temps can change on a dime. There you will enjoy a 360 degree view of our majestic mountains followed by hot coco or cider along with smores around a campfire. Guests will be provided with yaktrax if snow and ice are to be encountered. Participants should expect a 5 mile moderate hike as we visit 3 of the mountains 5 peaks.
Important note: dress for cold weather, bring layers, wear good hiking shoes or tennis shoes with warm socks. We recommend folks that have knee issues or problems with walking please bring hiking poles or a walking stick.
Location: Roan Mountain
Where: Meet at Thrifty Adventures Outpost f or shuttle or carpooling arrangements
When: January 4th, 2020