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In Search of Blue Ghosts Twilight Tour

Sat, May 19, 2018
8:30 pm
- 10:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Sat, Jun 2, 2018

$16 regular, $8 youth ages 4-12 and honored passes

Once a year for a short duration, blue ghost fireflies hover the forest floor with a lingering bluish glow. Seek alongside naturalists on paved trails as to why this small firefly has been the focus of generations worth of folklore and myths.

Weather Updates:

MAY 18TH: Blue Ghost tours are canceled for tonight. Participants will be issued a full refund and should expect email confirmation of this refund.

**If weather forces us to cancel any date, we will let participants know no later than 6:00pm the day of the tour. All participants will be offered a full refund.**


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**If you are registering with a federal pass please note that it is valid for the passholder only. Friends of the Cradle family passes are still valid for up to 4 persons.


7:30pm     Gates open

8:30pm     Please arrive for check-in. If registering with a honored pass, it must be presented upon check-in.

8:45pm     Begin with an educational experience in our outdoor amphitheater, focusing on the magic of firefly natural history and where to look for blue ghosts.

9:30pm     Begin walk on the paved Forest Festival Trail. The variety of habitats along this trail highlight a variety of firefly species, including the blue ghosts.

10:30pm    Gates to the Cradle of Forestry close. All participants need to exit the facility.

What to Bring:

  • Shoes appropriate for hiking one mile on our paved trail
  • Headlamp or flashlight (please only turn on when necessary)

Firefly Conservation:

The fame of blue ghost fireflies in western North Carolina has increasingly threatened their natural habitat. Thousands of people annually trek off the trails in May and June to find the wooded niche where these small beetles can be found. The result is damage to the layer of leaf litter where adult female blue ghosts live. Leaf litter is also important to the larvae of several species of fireflies throughout the year. As more people leave the trails in search of fireflies, more of these habitats are negatively impacted.

The Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site is offering this tour on a paved trail along habitat in which blue ghost and several other species of fireflies are regularly sighted. During the evening you will learn about how you can encourage firefly habitat in your backyard.


Sat, May 19, 2018
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm


The Cradle of Forestry
11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States