In Search of the Blue Ghosts at the Cradle of Forestry

Blue Ghost tour dates for 2018 will be up very soon!

You’re walking through the Appalachians on a humid summer night, when a strange sight catches your attention. An eerie blue glow appears from the woods and begins to hover around you like a neon blue wave from the sea. The Blue Ridge is home to a very unique creature that some say resembles a tribe of tiny fairies carrying small blue candles through the forest. The Blue Ghost Firefly (phausis reticulate) is a secretive, hard-to-find native insect that calls our area home, and for a very short amount of time in early summer, they inhabit our surrounding woodlands of Transylvania County. These incredible insects hover just above the ground on humid or drizzly nights seeking out a mate, giving them the appearance of an eerie blue mist moving stealthily through the forest. Unlike most fireflies,  Blue Ghosts don’t blink or flash when they appear – another unique trait that Mother Nature bestowed upon this amazing creature. With our very special Blue Ghost Firefly Tour, our educators will introduce you to the magic and history of the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site. Our tour will culminate with a hike on the paved trails of the Cradle of Forestry to see if the Blue Ghosts, or any other nocturnal critters, would like to make an appearance. We can’t guarantee that we’ll see them, but we’re certainly going to try! Bring the family, learn what makes our nighttime wildlife so special and enjoy the mountains! Pre-registration is required. Please be prepared to walk approximately one mile on paved trails. This is a rain or shine event!  Be sure to check out our calendar of events to view more hiking and program options…

Registration

  • $20/Person, $10-10 & under
  • Dates TBD
  • 8:45 – 10:30pm
  • Capacity: 100
  • Minimum: 20

What To Expect:

  • Little to no light
  • Hiking in the dark
  • Walking 1-mile
  • Bathrooms provided
  • An awesome night hike

What You’ll Need:

  • Light jacket
  • One flashlight
  • Bug spray
  • Umbrella
  • A sense of adventure…

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