This spring, head outside and learn to identify both common and rare Appalachian wildflowers on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

Led by Joe and Mary Standaert, local historians and members of the Western Carolina Botanical Club, this hike will follow the Mountain-to-Sea Trail starting at Craven Gap. Along the way, we hope to see Dwarf Larkspur (Delphinium tricorne), Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon meadia), Yellow Lady Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium parviflorum), Carey’s Saxifrage (Saxifraga careyana), Small-flowered Phacelia (Phacelia dubia), Nodding Mandarin (Prosartes maculata), Hairy Leaf-cup (Smallanthus uvedalius), and Southern Nodding Trillium (Trillium rugelii). Plant checklists will be supplied for folks to take notes on the plants seen on the walk.

Difficulty: Moderate, 1.7 miles; The hike is moderate and will be slow, looking at and identifying wildflowers along the way. 

Cost: $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Some fees apply. 

Updated Coronavirus Protocol:

  • Please bring a mask to the event to use in the event of carpooling.
  • No one who is sick, running a fever or potentially exposed to COVID should attend.
  • Social distancing while on the trails is recommended