Every species is a genius. 

At Snakeroot Ecotours, we seek the genius of each species and trace the relationships that make the Appalachian forest.

On our guided tours we invite you into astoundingly diverse habitats and reveal the mysteries of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

We offer custom full-day outings, overnights, nature retreats, and seasonal nature walks.

In spring we search out the best wildflower coves and conduct rare firefly tours. During the summer and fall, we hunt for rare orchids, spectacular mushrooms, and search for foxfire at night. Email for more details.

Fringed Orchid, Platanthera ciliaris

Orange Fringed Orchid

Platanthera ciliaris

Orchid Walks


Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), seen on a Spring Ephemeral naturalist walk

Dutchman's Breeches

Dicentra cucullaria

Spring Ephemeral Walks


Yellow patches

Amanita flavoconia

Fantastic Fungi