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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 and then use the cover of darkness and special flashlights to go in search of the Blue Ghosts while hiking 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.
“We are so excited you have chosen to participate in an event at one of the many FIND Outdoor sites, we know you’ll have a great time. We have a waiver that will need to be completed digitally ahead of time (preferred) or printed and signed to be brought with you to the event. This will be emailed to you after you purchase your tickets. Please be sure to have a completed waiver for each participant.
Thank you for choosing to FIND your adventure on public lands, we’ll see you soon. “
Discounts may be used for up to four tickets total. One ticket for the card holder, and three additional tickets for guests of the cardholder. Card must be shown at check in to event. If card is not shown, full ticket price will be charged for all tickets.
Cancellation/Refund Policy: Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 48 hours’ notice of cancellation prior to your event. E-mail Education@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.