blue ghost firefly

LITTLE FAIRIES — Join a special twilight tour to see the magic of blue ghost fireflies.

PISGAH FOREST — The popular twilight tours to see the rare Blue Ghost firefly — the visual equivalent of a tribe of fairies carrying blue candles through the forest — are expected to fill up fast again this year.

The tours at the Cradle of Forestry site are held Tuesday through Saturday nights, from May 18 to June 5.

The Blue Ghost Firefly native to WNC is a secretive and hard to find, coming out for a very short time in early summer.

The tour begins with an educational presentation at the park’s outdoor amphitheater before venturing along the paved trails through the forest using special flashlights that don’t ruin the darkness of the night.

Cradle of Forestry staff will be stationed at key locations around the trail to provide further information about this amazing natural phenomenon. Guests are welcome to congregate near these areas with your fellow firefly enthusiasts, or go explore on your own.

The Blue Ghost Tours were canceled last year due to COVID, but had filled up in 2019, so act fast if you want a spot. Tours will be limited to 60 people a night to ensure social distancing. Cost is $30 per person. To register, go to

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