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. All visits to the Reserve require reservations; to reserve, click on Group Tours or Visitors' Days below, then select the month, click "Go" and select the day/event.

All tours begin promptly at 10 am and will last 2 to 2.5 hours. Please arrive at 9:30 – 9:45 for check in. Located at 4,500 feet elevation, we cover varied terrain much like hiking in the mountains of Western NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway. These conditions create a moderate to strenuous hiking/walking experience. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, bring water bottle, camera and bug spray. We also invite our visitors to bring a sack lunch and enjoy lunch in the passive recreation areas around Chestnut lodge following the tour.

Group Tours

Our private Group Tours, guided by SHR’s 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 $350 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.