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Appalachian Mushroom Experts Welcome Sprouting Newbies


On an overcast but hot morning, a mushroom hunt began with a car ride to a secret spot near the home of West Virginia master naturalists Shawn Means and Amy McLaughlin.

The pair run a boutique vacation rental called Lafayette Flats in Fayetteville, next to the New River Gorge Natural Park and Preserve.

They lead eco tours for people who stay in their flats, pointing out unique flora, fauna and fungi in the area. 

Fungi are especially popular on the tours. “Mushrooms have been so hot lately,” McLaughlin said during the drive.

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