We offer two opportunities to visit the Reserve on a regular basis during each visitor season, April through October: private Group Tours and Visitors' Days. Located at 4,500 feet elevation, tours cover the varied terrain of the Western NC mountains. These conditions create a moderate to strenuous hiking/walking experience. All tours begin promptly at 10 am and last two to two and a half hours. We also invite visitors to bring a sack lunch to enjoy in the passive recreation areas around Chestnut Lodge following the tour.

All visits to the Reserve are guided and require reservations. To purchase your reservation and secure your date, select a tour below.

Private Tours

Private Group Tours, guided by Executive Director Kelly Holdbrooks, provide the opportunity for a deeply personal look at the true beauty and wonder of the Reserve. Group Tours are ideal for garden clubs, plant societies and master gardener groups. Admission is $350 minimum per group up to 10 people, and $35/person from 11 - 20.

Visitors' Days

Visitors’ Days, held the first Tuesday of each month, provide the perfect outing for backyard gardeners, plant enthusiasts or professionals in the fields of horticulture, design and ecology. Visitors’ Days are best suited for first-time guests to SHR and are led by a Garden Tour Docent. Admission is $25/person with a maximum of four per party.