Attention all outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers! The Blue Ridge Mountains are

about to get even more exciting with the launch of the new Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail this spring.

This one-of-a-kind trail takes visitors on a journey through the crystal-clear waters of some of the region's most picturesque streams and rivers, providing an up-close and personal view of the diverse aquatic life that calls the Blue Ridge Mountains home.

The trail, which is being launched by the local tourism board, features several different routes with varying levels of difficulty, making it accessible to both beginners and experienced snorkelers. Along the way, visitors can expect to see everything from colorful fish to playful otters and even the occasional rare salamander.

One of the most exciting aspects of the Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail is the opportunity to explore some of the region's lesser-known waterways, many of which are only accessible by foot or by water. The trail also includes informational signage and educational materials to help visitors learn about the unique ecology of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the importance of preserving these delicate ecosystems.

For those who prefer to stay on land, the trail also offers plenty of opportunities for hiking and picnicking, with several scenic overlooks and picnic areas located along the way.

So, whether you're a seasoned snorkeler or just looking for a new way to explore the great outdoors, be sure to add the Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail to your must-visit list this spring. With its breathtaking scenery and unique aquatic experiences, it's sure to be an adventure you won't soon forget!

Check out NC Wildlife for more information!

WNCtimes March 2023

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