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In Search of Blue Ghost Twilight Tours-Sold Out

Wed, May 19, 2021
9:00 pm
- 10:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 9:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Sun, Jun 6, 2021

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.

2021 Dates:

Tours will run for three consecutive weeks on Tuesday evenings through Saturday evenings, May 18th through June 4th. There will be no tours on Sundays or Mondays. Each night is limited to 60 participants. Security personnel will be on site. 

Online Booking:

We are only offering online booking and registration for this event. No in-person booking. Please no phone calls at this time. For questions and other inquires about these tours email: blueghosts@gofindoutdoors.org


8:15pm Gates open. Please arrive for check-in. If registering with an honored pass, it must be presented upon check-in.

9:00pm     Begin with an education program experience in our outdoor amphitheater, focusing on the magic of firefly natural history, where to look for blue ghosts, and the safety rules we have in place for viewing blue ghost fireflies at our site.

9:20pm     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.

11:00pm    Gates to the Cradle of Forestry close. All participants will be required to exit the facility. 

What to Bring:

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


Regular Admissions, Ages 13 and older: $30

Youth Admissions, Ages 4-12: $15

America the Beautiful Passport Holders:$15
(Pass must be presented upon arrivals)

America the Beautiful Passport Holders-Youth Ages 4-12: $7.50
(Pass must be presented upon arrivals)

Cradle of Forestry Annual Passholders, Adult: $15
(Pass must be presented upon arrival)

Cradle of Forestry Annual  Passholders- Youth Ages 4-12: $7.50
(Pass must be presented upon check-in)

Weather Updates:

**If weather forces us to cancel any date for safety concerns, we will let participants know no later than 6:00pm the day of the tour. All participants will have the opportunity to donate their registration fee or to receive a full or partial refund.**

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 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.

For questions and other inquires about these tours email: BlueGhosts@gofindoutdoors.org


Wed, May 19, 2021
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm