Walking PARI

WALK OUR PROPERTY AND DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW IN NATURE.

Plan your visit to PARI

Wildlife

With the Pisgah Forest in our backyard, PARI’s guests are often lucky enough to encounter a few of our furry and feathered neighbors while visiting the campus and hiking the surrounding trails. With more than 70 species documented along the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s likely that you’ll get a glimpse of some of our more noticeable neighbors, like wild turkeys, deer and barn swallows that keep the campus bug-free. But our luckiest guests may even spot a newly repopulated red wolf or one of our two neighboring black bears!

Flora

During the spring and summer months, PARI’s grounds bloom with colorful wildflowers, peculiar plants and fungi that are unique to the region. From bright and beautiful daffodils and dwarf iris to quirky and eccentric yellow fringed orchid and lady slippers, a walk around our campus and surrounding area promises a rainbow of color and delightful discovery

Geology

PARI’s location was chosen in part due to the large amount of mica mineral content in the surrounding mountains, which acts as a radio wave insulator, ideal for the implementation of our radio telescopes. You can also find mica, granite and quartz among the interesting rock formations and gorges in the area.