Goose Creek Afield

Take a slow, intentional-attentive walk in the woods with naturalist-photographer-author Fred First. Focus will be on the bigger-picture understanding of ecology and geology of this southern Appalachian landscape but especially will focus on the finer early-autumn details of fern, flower and forest. Turn rocks in the creeks, scratch and sniff, be fully aware in nature, nurture an appreciation for your own personal WHERE. Light refreshments of local food and drink provided to conclude the event conducted as part of the Southwest Virginia Outdoor Expo at Heartwood on September 12, 2015.

WHEN: From 2:30 to 5:30 pm on Sunday September 13


This is an easy-moderate 3/4 mile walk with a few short gentle grades and two very short steeper inclines with rope pulls to assist up or down if needed; with a few creek crossings (step-overs) and mostly level, soft forest floor underfoot.

What should I bring?

Recommend long pants (may still be some stinging nettle) and shoes or boots for crossing a few inches of water, though dry-shod crossings likely on strategic rocks and plank bridges. Bring cameras, conversation and curiosity.


Cost is $25 per person with all proceeds going to SustainFloyd, a local social-benefit organization that supports local food systems and other human and natural resource needs within a vital community working towards a sustainable future.

NOTE: This trip is limited to a maximum of 15 people, ages 13 and up.

Where will I be?

This "nature walk" will be in the northeastern corner of Floyd County at the headwaters of the south Fork of the Roanoke River (originally named Goose Creek by the early colonists and still bearing that name here.) Fred First has written much about this creek in his books, Slow Road Home and What We Hold in Our Hands, as well as on his blog, Fragments from Floyd, since 2002. Click for Google Maps Navigation.

Sign up using the email address below or at Heartwood at the Floyd table on Sept 12.

► SIGN UP by emailing Fred First at and expect confirmation by return email. You are not signed up until you receive this confirmation.

Please pay by check or cash on the day of the event, checks payable to Sustainfloyd Foundation. And thanks. Your donation supports the natural and agricultural future of Floyd County.

► UPDATE: EIGHT  tickets sold / 7 places remaining as of 2015_08_31

This event is inspired by the SWVA Outdoor Expo held at Heartwood (Abingdon) on September 12. If there are spaces left, you may sign up at the Floyd Table at Heartwood on that date for the Sunday September 13 Floyd County nature walk. But why wait? SIGN UP NOW!