You may be surprised to learn that North Carolina is home to a number of highly poisonous mushrooms, so think twice before foraging and then cooking and consuming what you find. Some of the toxic varieties are more deadly than others, while at least one of them has psychoactive effects on those who eat it. Even though there are likely additional varieties, nine of the poisonous mushrooms in North Carolina are listed below. Pay attention, you wouldn’t want to accidentally stumble across one of these!

If you forage for mushrooms, have you ever encountered any of these toxic mushrooms in North Carolina? We love to hear about your firsthand experiences with these fascinating topics, in this case these beautiful but deadly mushrooms. Tell us in the comments, and post your photos in our North Carolina Nature Lovers Group on Facebook!

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Forests In North Carolina

What other forests should I visit in North Carolina?  

Whether you’re a forager or just a nature lover, there are many stunning forests in North Carolina to visit. You’ll have to see how many of these mushroom breeds you can spot while you’re hiking.

  • Nantahala National Forest
  • Pisgah National Forest
  • Uwharrie National Forest
  • Croatan National Forest
  • Cradle of Forestry in America
  • Bladen Lakes State Forest
  • Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
  • DuPont State Recreational Forest
  • Duke Forest
  • Holmes Educational State Forest
  • Clemmons Educational State Forest
  • Headwaters State Forest


What other natural wonders should I visit in North Carolina?

Once you’ve reached your beach bum quota for the day, consider checking out these other unique natural wonders in North Carolina. The state has so much natural beauty to offer, the hardest part is deciding what to explore first.

  • Jockey's Ridge
  • Linville Gorge and Linville Falls
  • Whitewater Falls
  • The Outer Banks
  • Pilot Mountain
  • Stone Mountain
  • Looking Glass Rock
  • Linville Caverns
  • New River
  • Mitchell
  • Chimney Rock
  • French Broad River
  • Lake Mattamuskeet
  • Hanging Rock
  • Sliding Rock