The South's Oyster Trails Are Drawing Hungry Crowds


Oysters share tales. The story starts as each is prised open, placed into a waiting mouth, and shucked from its shell.

Oyster trails, a new culinary route, invite travellers to discover the rich history of these little coastal towns, see active oyster farms, and savour the briny bivalves at eateries that help the industry.

The North Carolina Oyster Trail opened in 2020 and provides farm tours, volunteer opportunities to preserve oyster habitats, and tasting options.

North Carolina Oyster Trail

A mosaic mural created by local artist LaNelle Davis covers the wall of the former Willis Brothers Seafood building at Down East Mariculture.

The Big Island Aquaculture in Hayes station on Virginia's Oyster Trail is one of the locations where visitors may learn about the history of Guinea Watermen and the waterways.

Virginia Oyster Trail

The first trail of its kind in the Southeast, Virginia's, promotes the small coastal towns with farm tours, hotels, outdoor activities, art, and restaurants that specialise in Virginia oysters.

As we move south, Georgia is planning to open its 17th Georgia Grown Trail in the fall of 2022. As it passes through the congressionally designated national cultural corridor and through farm visits, this route enhances the Gullah Geechee history of the oyster experience.

Georgia Oyster Trail

Oyster trails offer a glimpse into coastal life in the Southeast and a chance to experience the richness created by farms, artisans, chefs, and Mother Nature.

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