Our property is an open class room. Feel free to wander our 100 acres and explore the creeks, the forest and the meadows.
The creeks are full of life. All you have to do is flip over a rock to find little salamanders or crayfish. We also have turtles and many species of frogs. If you bring along a microscope you will discover even more.
Learn about reptiles, amphibians in a live classroom. Our frog and lily pond is a great habitat for frogs. There are several species that reproduce there. In the summer the tadpoles are there in different stages all season. They are fun to watch. And, the lilies are beautiful.
We do have many variety of snakes. We only have 2 poisonous varieties and they are extremely rare. These are moccasins and western rattlers. Tom has only seen one of these in the 13 years of living here. Most of our snakes are quite helpful. They are garden snakes and ring snakes and black snakes to name just a few. They are very helpful to life here as they eat the more pesky critters including poisonous snakes.
Bird watching is also a fun activity. Bring along a journal and keep track of the many, many species that migrate through our area. The yellow finches are most amazing with their glorious bright yellow color. We also have indigo buntings that area brilliant blue. Woodpeckers, owls, wild turkeys, cardinals and many many song birds make this forest their home.
Butterfly identification is a fun activity. In late summer and early fall as the tall flowers come into bloom, the butterflies arrive in great numbers. It is not unusual to come upon a field just full of them feeding on our many wildflowers.
Wildflower exploration is another fun activity. We have blooms from early spring to mid fall. It is great to bring along a wildflower book when you hike. We have plenty we can share with you for identification. There are also many edible and medicinal plants in our forest.
What are Fungi anyway? In addition to the plant life, there is a whole world of fungi in the forest. Just after a rain is a great time to explore the mushrooms and tree fungi that pop up. Lichens abound on our rocks. You could easily make a terrarium using the moss and lichen and fungi that you could gather on your walks.
Learn about Geology. Our ancient Appalachian mountains are an open class room to study geology. Rocks of many kinds abound. One of our favorite rocks to visit is a Pluton in the southern section of Pisgah. You can see how to visit it below.
Art and unique architecture are easy to experience here in the mountains. There is a local art gallery in Hot Springs called the Artisun Gallery. There is also a charming little coffee shop down by the Laurel River on 25/70 heading to Marshall. A unique place just down the road from us is an Artist retreat center called Azule. They welcome visitors here to view the amazing architectural design of it founder Camille Shafer. It is a unique and ongoing artistic expression that has been coming to life for over 40 years. It is community based and uses recycled materials. Contact Rebecca if you would like to go visit. It is a very inspiring place.