Snakeroot Ecotours is founded on the premise articulated by Rachel Carson: 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.


We are based in Celo, NC in the shadow of the Black Mountains, the tallest range in the eastern U.S. Here in the heart of the Southern Appalachians, our forests are among the most diverse temperate forests in the world. The hills are carpeted with over 1500 native flowering plant species. The pristine mountain creeks and leaflitter are home to more species of salamanders than any location on Earth. Join us for a five-star guided tour of life in the Appalachian woods.  


A committed naturalist since early childhood, Tal Galton has been introducing people to wild places for over 25 years. Tal spent the past two decades teaching in the experimental and experiential environments of Arthur Morgan School and The Arete Project. He lives with his family in a timber-frame home that he and his wife designed and built out of local trees. Tal writes a column on Appalachian ecology for Asheville's Mountain Xpress and is the owner and lead guide of Snakeroot Ecotours. 

The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.


This quote, often attributed to WB Yeats, is a slight rephrasing of a sentence written by the British naturalist, Eden Phillpotts. It summarizes what Snakeroot Ecotours is all about: we help you see the magical world we live in.