Venture Description: An easy walk through a wide range of habitats- woodland, pond and meadows. Since we will be touring the quarry, please remember to wear comfortable shoes such as sneakers or other walking shoes.
Operated by Hedrick Industries in Swannanoa, NC, the Grove Stone & Sand Quarry was awarded the National Stone Sand and Gravel Association’s 2003 Gold Environmental Eagle Award. The Grove Stone & Sand Quarry has also constructed a nature trail, planted plots of clover and rye to attract deer and wild turkeys and converted an old landfill into a butterfly garden. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation recognized the company’s efforts by designating Grove Stone a Wildlife and Industry Together site. It is one of only 14 such sites in the state and only the second site in Western North Carolina. The quarry property covers about 1,600 acres in Swannanoa. Wildlife is abundant and we hope to see an excellent selection of late summer butterflies and migrant birds. This is a “newly discovered” site and we think you might be impressed with this facility.