Blue Ghost Firefly Tour

Overview

Blue Ghost Tour tickets for 2022 dates have sold out.

There is NO waitlist for this event. Please check dates often for cancellations as they arise.

The Blue Ghost Firefly (Phausis reticulata) 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.

Location

Cradle of Forestry in America 
Located at 11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768.
 

Dates

May 24-28
May 31-June 4
June 7-11

Blue Ghost Tour tickets for 2022 dates have sold out.

There is NO waitlist for this event. Please check back for dates to open due to cancellations.

Cost

General Admission – $30 
Youth – $15 (Ages 4-12) 
America The Beautiful Passholders- General Admission Ages 13 and older-$15 
America The Beautiful Passholders- Youth Ages 4-12-$7.50 
Cradle of Forestry Annual Passholders- General Admission Ages 13 and older-$15 
Cradle of Forestry Annual Passholders- Youth Ages 4-12- $7.50 
*Passholders must present pass in-person during check-in 

TICKETS
capacity

115 tickets per night

Event Details

The Blue Ridge Mountains are home to a very unique creature that some say resembles a tribe of fairies carrying blue candles through the forest. 

The Blue Ghost Firefly (Phausis reticulata) 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. 

You’ll experience an educational presentation at our outdoor amphitheater starting at 9:00pm and then use the cover of darkness and special flashlights to go in search of the Blue Ghost fireflies while hiking on a paved trail through the forest. Cradle of Forestry staff will be stationed at key locations around the trail to provide further information about this amazing natural phenomenon. Please feel free to congregate near these areas with your fellow firefly enthusiasts, or go explore on your own! We require everyone to stay on the trail to prevent habitat damage, and staff will clear the trail and require everyone to depart by 10:30 P.M.  

 Pre-registration is required. This is a light rain or shine, family-friendly event!
In order to maximize our participant experience while minimizing our impact on the resource, we limit each night to 115 participants. 

 We are closely monitoring the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be taking into account social distancing and masking recommendations by federal, state, and local authorities. 

Schedule

Gates open at 8:15pm
Event from 9pm to 10:30pm
Program starts promptly at 9pm 

What to Bring

Rain Jacket
Flashlight (we provide red cellophane to cover your flashlight)
Comfortable Walking Shoes
Sense of Wonder

Cancellation Policy

Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 48 hours’ notice of cancellation prior to your event.  E-mail cradleprograms@gofindoutdoors.org to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. Please include your booking name & date of program in your e-mail.

No-shows will be charged the full price.

Customers will receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to severe weather or other unforeseen circumstances. 

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