Plant Walk-a-bouts: A series of 3 hikes for every season followed by food tastings supporting 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
Hike (1): 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: April 13th and 20th
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 (2): 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: May 11th and 25th Roan Mountain: a little over 3 miles moderate hike to the Roan Balds
Where: Meets at Hidden Holler Farm, Campground and Thrifty Adventures Outpost to arrange shuttle and/or carpool.
Hike (3): 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: July 20th & August 10th