Wetland Tour of Bluff Mountain Fen

Event Details

  • Date: May 19, 2019 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
  • Host: Carolina Wetlands Association
  • Address: Bluff Mountain Fen; TBD, see Website for details, West Jefferson, North Carolina 28694
  • Event Website

Hikers will be driven approximately one mile to the trailhead and then led on a 3 mile guided hike lasting 3 to 4-hours. You will be in good company with a Nature Conservancy biologist who will be available to point out unique characteristics of this rare and unique Southern Appalachian fen. The hike is on a marked trail that is moderately sloped, with parts of the trail being across rocky uneven ground and including two looking off locations with a significant drop-off. Over 140 species of vascular plants and mosses have been recorded from the fen including more than a dozen species considered rare or endangered in North Carolina. We request that everyone stay on the trail in order to minimize destruction to this wetland treasure.

You will need to sign a liability waiver which will be provided after you register on Eventbrite. The preserve is located 15 minutes from the nearest medical facility in Jefferson, NC and directions to the meet-up site will be sent after you register.

It is recommended that participants wear sturdy shoes, bring water, snacks, bug repellent and come prepared for the weather. If inclimate weather is forecasted the alternative tour date will be Saturday, May 18.

Please contact Carrie Caviness if you have further questions. She can be reached at 919-656-4543 or via email at carrie.caviness@carolinawetlands.org.