Blue Ridge Birding Tours
Private Birding Tours of the best birding spots in the High Country of North Carolina.
The Blue Ridge Mountains are home to an incredible diversity of birds thanks to a wide range of habitats and an incredible change in elevation. We are expert birders and naturalists with years of experience and keen eyes for spotting all sorts of wildlife. In addition we offer gourmet meals prepared ahead of time, so you can enjoy a delicious lunch without having to head back into town.
Blue Ridge Birding offers a wide range of tour options that can be customized to any birding level. Whether you want to go for a guided hike on a great trail to see what birds we can find or if you are targeting that one species for your life list we can create an experience that perfectly fits your schedule and interests.
$65 for 1 person
$50/person for groups
Our 2-Hour Tour is great if you want to sneak in some great bird watching before or after your plans for the day. There are a variety of fantastic birding spots that can be explored in a couple hours if you don’t have the time for a longer trip.
$100 for 1 person
$75/person for groups
$10 Optional gourmet lunch
A 4-Hour Tour gives us time to hike deeper into the mountains or check out a few different areas to find a wider variety of birds. If you’d like we can provide a range of gourmet sandwiches for a fantastic lunch along the way.
$125 for 1 person
$100/person for groups
$10 Optional gourmet lunch
If you really want to get the full Blue Ridge Birding Experience sign up for a full day tour. We can take you all the way to the top of Grandfather Mountain, check out several local hotspots, or go all out to find that one species that has long eluded you. If you’d like we can provide a range of gourmet sandwiches for a fantastic lunch along the way.
Birding is great all year round here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but what you'll see changes based on the season. Here is what to expect in each season.
Warming temperatures means it's time for warblers to return and breeding season to begin. Because we are so high in elevation, lots of warblers and other songbirds that normally breed far to the north can be found nesting right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Keep an eye out for Blackburnian Warblers, Winter Wrens, Hermit Thrushes, Ruffed Grouse, Veery, Blackpool Warblers, Golden-winged Warblers, Black-throated Blue Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers, and many more!
As more and more wildflowers start to bloom and baby birds fledge, all sorts of species can be spotted here in the High Country. Keep an eye out for Canada Warblers, Field Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows, Brown Creepers, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Least, Willow, and Acadian Flycatchers, Peregrine Falcons, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Hairy Woodpeckers and many more!
It is migration season! Thousands of hawks stream down the mountains on their way to South America. Huge numbers of warblers and other birds are also moving south, and incredible mixed flocks can be found moving through the forests. Keep an eye out for thousands of Broad-winged Hawks, and huge flocks of all sorts of mixed warblers!
Winter is our slowest birding season, but a surprising number of birds stick out the cold winter months here in the High Country, including occasional visitors from the far north! Keep an eye out for Brown Creepers, Winter Wrens, Eastern Screech-Owls, Wilson’s Snipe, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Purple Finches, Pine Siskins, plus occasional vagrant waterfowl including Ross’s Geese and Canvasbacks!