Edible Wild Plants Hike – 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 to streambank, 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-Powell 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. Dependuing how many folks come, we’ll spot some vehicles at the Route 11 trailhead then drive around to Daleville.

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.