Seasonal Nature Hikes

What Is A Seasonal Nature Hike?

A Hedge & Hollow Seasonal Nature Hike is a 3hr+ hike to special magical locations in the High Country. During each season/month a different place is featured so the experience changes throughout the year highlighting each place in it’s peak season. The hikes will move at a relaxed pace as we discuss the plants and old Appalachian Folklore along the trail and admire the beauty and poetry surrounding us.

Hunting for Spring Ephemerals + Wild Foods Dinner

This walkabout is focused on spring wildflowers, wild leeks (known as ramps by the locals), and morel mushroom hunting. At the end of this trip we will gather all of the plant material we have collected and cook it up over an open fire back at the outpost for a foraged dinner! The dinner will take place at Hidden Holler CampGround and the NC Outdoor Adventures Outpost consisting of local raised beef London Broil, Ramps, Morels, Tators, Eggs and salad!

When: April 11th Pigeon Roost/Mitchell County NC

Spring Tonics and Wild Greens + Wild Foods Dinner

Join us for the old time Appalachian tradition of harvesting wild foods known to wake the body up after winter. At the end of this trip we will gather all of the plant material we have collected and cook it up over an open fire back at the outpost for a foraged food tasting! The tasting will take place at Hidden Holler CampGround and the NC Outdoor Adventures Outpost consisting of wild greens cornbread, fresh local farm products and foraged tea!

When: May 23 Pigeon Roost/Mitchell County

Early Summer Wildflowers and Weeds + Desserts, Breads and Cheese

In early summer the Blue Ridge Mountains put on quite the show featuring the flame Azalea, Turkey Beard, Gray’s Lily and various colors of Rhododendron. Join us as we hike these beautiful areas armed with plant identification guides. This hike will not focus on edibles but the focus is beauty! After the hike join us at the farm for a dessert, bread and cheese tasting around the firepit along with a wild tea/mocktail made from something we saw on the hike. Bring your own relaxing beverage and fold out chair or blanket. Hike should last around 3 hours.

When: June 20th Roan Mountain

and June 28th Pigeon Roost/Mitchell County

This hike is for people with mobility issues. This hike will be done via our shuttle van as we drive around to identify flowers. We will make a few stops that require little to no walking!

The Trees and Understory of the Appalachian Forest + Desserts, Breads and Cheese

In summer the Blue Ridge Mountains provide a cool canopy of shade. Join us to meet the many amazing trees that provide food, medicine, home for animals and so much more! After the hike join us at the farm for a dessert, bread and cheese tasting around the firepit along with a wild tea/mocktail made from something on the hike. Bring your own relaxing beverage and fold out chair or blanket. Hike should last around 3 hours.

When: July 3, 4 and/or 5th Pigeon Roost/Mitchell County

Summer Berries and Bounty + Desserts, Wine and Cheese

We are berry heavy in WNC. While our berries might not be as large as the ones found in the grocery store the experience of hiking through wilderness trails to find them provides quite the treat. After the hike we will come back to Hidden Holler Campground and the NC Outdoor Adventures office to enjoy some common Appalachian Treats with homemade biscuits with various jams, camp fire cobbler, pie. The event will also sample local wine and cheese!

When: July 25th Pigeon Roost/Mitchell County

and August 15 Roan Mountain

Apples, Nuts and Mushrooms + Wild Foods Dinner

This walkabout is focused on the Appalachian Wild food harvest of autumn… apples, nuts and mushrooms! At the end of this trip we will gather all of the plant material we have collected and cook it up over an open fire back at the outpost for a foraged dinner! The dinner will take place at Hidden Holler Camp Ground and the NC Outdoor Adventures Outpost and will feature a wild mushroom dish with local farm ingredients. Please bring your own relaxing beverage to enjoy with the dinner. 

When: September 5th Pigeon Roost

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