Edible Wild Plants Hike (departs from Troutville Trail Days)

This gentle, family-friendly hike follows the A.T. northbound for about 2.5 miles as it threads under I-81 between highway 220 in Daleville and Route 11 in Troutville. This narrow strip of public land features a surprising variety of habitats, from forest to field and stream, plus some nice views of Tinker Mountain.

We’ll see how many flavors we can find in the woods, from tart sourwood to sweet blackberries and minty birch stems. Hike leader Kathryn Herndon is bringing plant and animal field guides so we can look up any interesting birds, mushrooms, flowers, trees and animals that we encounter.

This hike is being offered as part of Troutville Trail Days, so participants will meet up at the ATC tent at Troutville Town Park for a shuttle to the trailhead in Daleville. We’ll call for the shuttle to pick us up at Route 11 when we get close to Troutville, and can splash around in Buffalo Creek while we wait. Plan to stick around and enjoy the festivities after the hike! Visit troutvilletraildays.com for more info.

Merrell, Salewa, and Hoka One One will have demo shoes at the Town Park which you can take out for a test run.

Please bring water, snacks, sun protection (hat and/or sunscreen), a rain coat or poncho, hiking shoes and any other essentials you typically bring on a day hike. The hike leaders will have first aid kits and maps.