North Carolina Trip – Group Travel | Atlas Obscura Trips
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Escape: Forage & Fiddle in Asheville

from $635 USD per person for 3 days, 2 nights
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  • 10 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Outdoor Expedition
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Trip Overview

As the sun rises over the Blue Ridge Mountains, a sea of fog sweeps across the treetops, lapping at the base of the mountains. It’s here, in the thick of a misty morning like this one, that you’ll feel the quiet, pulsing magic of western North Carolina—from its blue-tinged peaks to its towering oaks. On this three-day journey, we’ll wander these ancient alpine landscapes, exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway, Haw Creek, and the nearby city of Asheville. Accompanied by local experts, we’ll forage for plants and herbs and prepare traditional Appalachian dishes using our harvested bounty. We’ll learn traditional handicrafts from a local artisan, sample renowned North Carolina BBQ, and listen to the wail of a fiddle from a local bluegrass musician.

  • Foraging with wild food experts
  • Bluegrass music
  • Appalachian clogging in a picking barn
  • Basket-weaving workshop


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
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The cost of this trip is $635. 

Traveling Solo?

Traveling solo? You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the core of our experiences, there's a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip.


Accommodations are not included in your trip, but there is a variety of wonderful hotel, bed and breakfast, campground, and local lodging options available in Asheville. Our guide recommends the Chestnut Street Inn, The Beaucatcher, Asheville Cabins of the Willow Winds, or Campfire Lodgings. There are also many Airbnb options in West Asheville.

Arrival & Departure

We recommend you arrive in Asheville by 3 p.m. on Day 1. Our trip concludes after brunch on Day 3, and you can continue on to your next adventure that afternoon.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to five miles over the course of each day, spending time in nature, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain.

  • All meals as described in the itinerary.
  • Experienced local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events listed in your itinerary.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Asheville has to offer!
  • Global Rescue medical evacuation insurance.
  • Special access to unique places, hidden sites, and extraordinary experiences.
  • Accommodations in Asheville.
  • Transportation to, from, and around Asheville. Transportation during the trip will be by foot and via your own vehicles.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
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Trip FAQ

Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.

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