There’s nothing to get you into the holiday spirit like a visit to Evergreen Trail Christmas Farms in the heart of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. With holiday trees from this region gracing America’s finest residences, including the White House, word is beginning to spread about this wonderful family tradition right in our backyards.
Just two hours by car from Charlotte, Alleghany County’s Sparta region is home to more than a dozen of the finest choose and cut Christmas tree farms in the U.S. Starting as early as November 14 and as late as December 24, 2011, participating Evergreen Trail farms welcome visitors. But, be sure to check weather conditions on the mountain and individual farm locations and hours before you head out.
The Evergreen Trail is known across the country for exceptionally cultivated greenery and Evergreen Trail Trees, Fraser Firs well-regarded for their symmetry, resilience and fragrance. Participating farmers like Lizabeth Roupe, Owner of Reeves Ridge Christmas Trees, operate small to medium sized farms, which support the agricultural and economic revitalization of Western North Carolina while preserving the area’s natural beauty.
According to Amy Lucas, Owner of Pardue Tree Farm, Evergreen Trail farms are like a Norman Rockwell painting come to life. Here, families are transported to simpler times of a bygone era. With hot cocoa or cider in hand, families discover a new holiday tradition, a beautiful backdrop for family photos and memories that will last a lifetime.
While families are welcome to visit any time during the holiday season, there are some great nearby weekend activities perfect for families, too. As part of Evergreen Trail’s Gift for the Soul Food Drive, during the weekend of December 3 and 4, 2011, participating farms will give visitors $5 off their Christmas trees in return for a donation of 3 can food items to benefit hungry families served by the Solid Rock Food Closet of Sparta. The Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Alleghany County Chamber and Visitor’s Center hosts its big Christmas Parade down Sparta’s quaint Main Street at 2 p.m., and during the first Saturday in December, the Christmas Craft Fair is held at the County Fairgrounds.
For more information about Evergreen Trail Christmas Farms, including directions and maps, visit www.evergreentrailchristmasfarms.com and to learn more about area events, visit www.sparta-nc.com. And don’t forget to “like” Evergreen Trail Christmas Farms on Facebook too!
Smarty Giveaway Details
This scenic family road trip is holiday merrymaking at its best—and now, one lucky CSP reader will get a free choose and cut Christmas tree from a participating farm (valued at $100). Winner will be selected at random on Sunday, November 20th at 5pm. Click here to enter for a chance to win! Good luck, Smarties!