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Every species is a genius. 
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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.

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

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

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Half or Full Day Outings

These custom guided hikes are for families and adventurous travelers. Hike up into the Black Mountains, finding unmarked trails, rockhopping up creeks. Hidden waterfalls, secret swimming holes, cloud forests, and rare plants and fungi. Each trip is tailored to the clients' interests and fitness level.

Red Eft Youth Camp

Summer Youth Program - Red Efts

A hiking day camp for

kids 8-11.

Forest immersion with lots of exercise, socializing, swimming in pristine mountain creeks. Education on how safely and respectfully interact with the landscape, and the vibrant mountain ecology of the Southern Appalachians.               

Guided Tours Black Mountains

Multi-Day Adventures

Join a small group of fellow nature-lovers -- led by a renowned local naturalist --

for a weekend exploring the magical summertime forests of the Blue Ridge.

Up in the headwaters of the east, outside of Asheville, NC, we tromp through cloud forests, old growth, and rich coves of wildflowers.

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About

Naturalist Tours Asheville

Tal Galton

Owner, Naturalist, Lead Guide

A committed naturalist since early childhood, Tal has been introducing people to wild places for 30 years. He spent much of two decades teaching in the experimental and experiential environs of Arthur Morgan School and The Arete Project, and he lives with his family in a timber-frame home that he and his wife designed and built out of local white pines. Tal writes a column on Appalachian ecology for Asheville's Mountain Xpress, maintains certifications in WFA and CPR, coaches cross country at Mountain Heritage HS, has served on the board of the Burnsville-Yancey Chamber, and is a co-founder of the South Toe Conservation Fund.

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The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.

- Rachel Carson

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