Our guests rave about this shorter, scenery-rich excursion! Enjoy a beautiful 2.5-mile trail in our National Forest which takes you to Asheville’s most stunning waterfall. Leashed dogs welcome.
Tour time: 7:00 pm to midnight
Meeting location: Meet just north of downtown Asheville by 7:00 pm. Exact meeting location provided in your confirmation e-mail after booking tickets.
Transportation: Transportation included. The drive is 50 minutes with 40 minutes spent driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Restrooms: Sometimes the only restrooms are closed. Be sure to use the restroom before meeting at 7:00 pm!
Ages: 14+ for safety reasons
Difficulty: Easy to moderate (flat trail with roots and stumps)
What to wear: Pants and close-toed shoes required for safety; light jacket and raincoat recommended
What’s provided: Flashlights, water, cider, snacks and organic insect repellent (offered but not necessary)
Cameras: There will be an opportunity for photography (without flash). Tripods welcome, if they can safely be carried along the trail in the dark.
Tips: Never required but always appreciated!
Discover the uniqueness of Appalachia’s fireflies!
Your tour ticket includes transportation and a scenic evening drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway to our “secret firefly spot.” Enjoy warm cider as we share stories about the history and ecology of Appalachia, including facts about spring peepers, bullfrogs, beavers, and of course the synchronous and blue ghost fireflies!
The blue ghost fireflies are more likely to be seen in May, and the synchronous fireflies are more likely to be seen in June. Whether you see the blue ghost fireflies or the synchronous fireflies, these transient beauties provide a memorable nighttime experience.
On this tour, your walk will cover 1.2 miles round-trip. The trail difficulty is easy to moderate due to roots and stumps we carefully hike over at night. We provide flashlights to make your walk easier, but you can also expect periods of complete darkness in the forest to better appreciate the fireflies. Keep in mind that this is a nighttime tour, and we return to Asheville around 11:45 pm or midnight.
Are you a photographer? If you bring a tripod on tour, we do request one of your nice photos for our website! Thank you!
The chance to see either blue ghost or synchronous fireflies is weather dependent and sometimes variable. Unfortunately, if it rains, the tour will be canceled and cannot be rescheduled. If your tour is canceled, you will be fully refunded. We guarantee firefly viewings. If either blue ghost or synchronous fireflies are not seen on your tour, you will be fully refunded.
Tips are not necessary but always appreciated, thank you!
By permit, we must keep our firefly tour location secret. For additional information about opportunities to see the fireflies, with locations, please visit here.