Join a local naturalist on this waterfall hiking tour and enjoy the best scenery near Asheville. This intimate group tour offers 2-3 stunning waterfalls, local history, wildlife, and edible plants. Transportation included from Asheville!
Blue Ghost Firefly Tour with Night Hike
Join us for these magical evenings offered only 11 nights each spring! Sold Out? Read below to get on the list to find out when 2024 tickets go on sale.
Reduced priced nights, firefly viewings still guaranteed ($95/ticket): May 26 and June 4
Full price nights, firefly viewings guaranteed ($145/ticket): May 29, 30, 31 and June 1, 2
Tour time: Refer to calendar, tours depart at either 8:15 pm or 8:45 pm each night depending on your booking
Meeting location: We meet approximately 40 minutes outside of Asheville; location provided once booking. We drive individually (not as a group) an additional 25 minutes to the secret viewing location.
How to Book: Each guest may book only 1 Firefly Tour ticket, so that each person can answer a series of questions required before joining this special tour.
Best viewing: Firefly viewings are similar each night, with potentially fewer fireflies on the reduced price nights (see the first line above).
Transportation: Transportation to the Firefly Tour location is not included.
Restrooms: Restrooms are available at the meeting location.
Ages: 14+ years old age requirement. We are not permitted to take younger kids on this tour due to safety and conservation issues.
Difficulty: Easy night hike in dark woods, 1 mile long with numerous stumps, roots and stairs we carefully navigate with red flashlights. We cannot accommodate guests with injuries or health issues for this remote, nighttime tour. A moderate level of fitness is required.
Should I bring a chair? No, please do not bring a chair. We do not sit in chairs for this tour but rather appreciate the fireflies while quietly standing on the trail.
What to wear: Please do not wear sandals, permeable shoes or white shoes. The trail often has mud and mud puddles difficult to see at night. Dress for a true hike deep into the forest. Pants and close-toed shoes required for safety! Jacket and raincoat recommended.
What’s provided: Red flashlights.
Cameras: Photography and videography is not allowed on these tours. Any small light or flash disturbs the fireflies.
Cancellation policy: Guests must cancel a tour at least two weeks BEFORE the tour date, in order to receive a full refund. Firefly Tours may be cancelled by the operator the morning of the tour in case of a high percent chance of rain, unusually cold weather or several days of storms leading up to the tour. In case a Firefly Tour is cancelled due to inclement weather, tickets will be fully refunded.
- Max 1 person per booking. Reduced priced nights: May 26 and June 4.
Discover the uniqueness of Appalachia’s fireflies! What are guests saying about our Blue Ghost Firefly Tour?
“This amazing ecotour to see the elusive Blue Ghost Fireflies far surpassed my expectations. [Our guides] truly care so much about protecting these precious creatures…they gave us special red flashlights that don’t interfere with the delicate fireflies mating rituals. We were introduced to the special world these fantastic beetles inhabit. We heard several species of frogs, Chuck will’s widow, and of course the fireflies. As an added bonus we also saw the synchronous variety of fireflies. I cannot recommend this tour enough.”