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Snakeroot Ecotours

Burnsville, NC, USA
About Snakeroot Ecotours
Snakeroot Ecotours operates in the shadow of Mt. Mitchell and the Black Mountains, the tallest range in the eastern U.S. In the heart of the Blue Ridge, a mere hour from Asheville, our forests are among the most diverse temperate forests in the world. The hills are carpeted with over 1500 native flowering plant species and countless fungi and critters. Join us for an immersive guided hike of this special corner of Appalachian wilderness.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Snakeroot Ecotours never fails to impress us. On October 27, we hiked up Hidden Creek in Yancey County to an old-growth forest. There we saw 200+ year-old poplar trees, huge oaks, and even a few struggling American Chestnuts. We learned about “acid coves” and “rich...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 911dbw
Reviewed July 17, 2019

We are so glad we went on the hike with Tal and Snakeroot Ecotours. We learned about the plants, fungi and trees of this temperate forest as we hiked. Tal was able to answer all of our questions while leading us up 1000 feet to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 15, 2019

We had family in from CA and wanted them to have an amazing local adventure for wonderful memories. Tal delivered big time and even offered to take photos of us while we took full advantage of the amazing waterfall/swimming hideaway he took us hiking to....More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Joshua N
Reviewed June 20, 2019

Amazing guided tour, Tal knows his stuff and is great at explaining what is going on. We got to see 3 different types of fireflies and learn about them and the areas that they inhabit. We enjoyed it so much that we will be doing...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank 239clays
Reviewed June 3, 2019

Participated in a weekend “nature retreat” with Tal and (now) new friends. The whole event was planned out perfectly, from our stay at the Celo Inn (wonderful food and lodging) to day-long hikes, to the magical Blue Ghost Firefly Walks at night. Tal is so...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Celeste Q
Reviewed June 3, 2019

Tal is an amazing guide and so knowledgeable. My family and I had the best time and are already planning booking our next tour with him. The fireflies were pure magic and I will definitely be returning to see those again. 10/10 recommend!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank haleighpresnell
Reviewed May 31, 2019 via mobile

Excellent outing with Tal Galton and Snakeroot Ecotours! We had a misty, beautiful morning and learned a ton about flowers, trees, fungi, lichen, and birds. Tal is a totally cool and fun naturalist and educator. He is congenial, patient and wonderfully informed. We really look...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank 911dbw
Reviewed May 28, 2019 via mobile

This is a must do! Our second year of taking a tour with this wonderful company. Reputable, knowledge and Tal makes it a fun learning experience. If you have never done one if his tours, go. You will not be disappointed.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank hollywoodkatie
Reviewed May 27, 2019

The spring weekend with Tal, Nancy and Randy of the Celo Inn, Sarah Ann, the chef from Penland, retreatants from Winston Salem, Charlotte, Hendersonville, and beyond, Clover the cow, thousands of fireflies, the woodthrush on her nest, pitcher plants in the cold bog waters, the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Forestclouds
Reviewed May 25, 2019

Once again, an awesome walk with Tal. I have been on a handful of glorious walks but this was such a different kind of magical experience .My daughter and I were so grateful to be in the presence of these Blue Ghosts, it was like...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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May 12, 2018|
Response from Tal G | Property representative |
Blue Ghost walks are not strenuous -- it is about a 1 mile walk and as flat as it gets in the mountains, but the trail is uneven and you will be walking on this uneven terrain in total darkness (we'll coach you through it).