DISCOVER the magic of mosses when you take a closer look at these fascinating plants found in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Join Mossin’ Annie, local expert and WNC native, for a FUN and INFORMATIVE hike as you go… “mossin’ in the woods.”
FALL MOSS HIKES offered by Mountain Moss Enterprises
Saturdays and Sundays in October and November
10 am & 1 pm
Holmes Educational State Forest
$20 Adults, $15 Students, Free for kids under 5
Morning hikes begin at 10 am and afternoon hikes start at 1 pm. Check availability at the end of this page. Thanksgiving holiday hikes available to groups upon request. Contact Mossin’ Annie to schedule your own special event on weekdays or during holidays.
While many folks like MOSS, few people have ever had this opportunity to learn about the variety of types and distinctive botanical characteristics of WNC’s 450 bryophytes including mosses, liverworts and hornworts. Mossin’ Annie will highlight common types with recognizable features for identification. Moss Hikers are encouraged to bring your own close-up loupe or magnifying glass to enable taking a closer look.
MOSS HIKES last about 2 hours. Moss Hikers should meet ½ hour in advance of each scheduled hike. Plenty of parking is available. We’ll meet at the small outdoor amphitheater in the center area of the parking lot.
The trail is moderate but be prepared to bushwhack as we venture to off-trail sites. Dress appropriately in layers and bring back-up rain gear. Hikes conducted RAIN or SHINE. Mosses love the rain, right?
MOSS HIKES are open to ALL ages. Children and adults will delight at these miniature plants and have FUN learning about their unique botanical characteristics. Friendly DOGS are welcome – if you keep them leashed.
Children under 5 Free
Payment with cash or by check is expected when you arrive. If you wish to pay with a credit card, contact Mossin’ Annie at least 2 days in advance and a PayPal payment process will be provided.
***IMPORTANT***To reserve your spot, please contact Mossin’ Annie in advance via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (828-577-1321) to check on space availability for each hike. Space for each hike is limited. While walk-ins will be welcome, it is recommended that you CALL first to make sure there is still room for you and your group.
Holmes Educational State Forest is conveniently located between Brevard and Hendersonville at 1299 Crab Creek Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739. This forest is a magnificent resource in western North Carolina featuring the “talking tree” trail and an informative museum with exhibits, The Forest Center. Bring a picnic and enjoy secluded picnic tables for families as well as a picnic shelter which is available to groups by reservation. Holmes is located near Dupont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest. Turn off #64 near Penrose onto Crab Creek Road. Holmes is 5.75 miles on your right.
MOSS HIKES are offered by Mountain Moss Enterprises which is owned and operated by Annie Martin, WNC native. We are committed to sharing our expertise through educational outreach with others to learn about the environmental advantages of mosses as horticultural choices in sustainable landscapes. We respect our forest resources and we practice responsible land stewardship. Mountain Moss is certified as a nursery and native plant harvester by the NCDA (Licenses #6506 and #5291). Check out other sections of our Web site to learn more about mosses and Mountain Moss’ products and services.
Our mountains offer many options for recreation. We encourage you to take advantage of the variety of outdoor opportunities and to stay in one of our local hotels or B&Bs and eat at our impressive restaurants. Support our local economy and visit these friends. Tell them Mossin’ Annie sent you.
Red House Inn… Tracie and Daniel… outstanding B&B located in downtown Brevard on Probart St.
Hampton Inn… Sam, Layton and friendly staff… a national chain with community commitment and locally-owned at the intersection of #64 and #276 near the entrance to Pisgah National Forest
HobNob Restaurant… Stacey and Chris… fine dining in the Heart of Brevard on W. Main St.
Hawg Wild BBQ… Don and the girls… sandwiches and yummy blackberry cobbler just outside the entrance to Pisgah National Forest
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FOLKS
Appalachian Mountain Institute… Patrick… rock climbing and ice climbing instruction offered by experts
Backcountry Outdoors… Sam, Michele and more… find clothing, supplies, cycles and you can even have a beer at their Pisgah Tavern
Davidson River Outfitters… Kevin and Walker… flies, gear and guided fly-fishing by guys who know our best river spots to catch that BIG one!
Headwaters Outfitters… Debi and David… canoeing, kayaking and tubing as well as fly-fishing options located along the headwaters of the French Broad River… one of the world’s oldest rivers
Looking Glass Outfitters… Phil and Eric… shop for all your outdoor adventure needs
Choose from the following options for MOSS HIKES while space is still available:
Saturday, October 15, morning hike
Saturday, October 15, afternoon hike
Sunday, October 16, morning hike
Sunday, October 16, afternoon hike
Saturday, October 22, morning hike
Saturday, October 22, afternoon hike
Sunday, October 23, morning hike
Sunday, October 23, afternoon hike
Saturday, October 29, morning hike
Saturday, October 29, afternoon hike
Sunday, October 30, morning hike
Sunday, October 30, afternoon hike
Saturday, November 5, morning hike
Saturday, November 5, afternoon hike
Sunday, November 6, morning hike
Sunday, November 6, afternoon hike
Saturday, November 12, morning hike
Saturday, November 12, afternoon hike
Sunday, November 13, morning hike
Sunday, November 13, afternoon hike
Saturday, November 19, morning hike
Saturday, November 19, afternoon hike
Sunday, November 20, morning hike
Sunday, November 20, afternoon hike