For a really sweet and unique hands-on tour, visit Killer Bees Honey Farm high in the mountains adjacent to Pisgah National Forest, located in Lake Toxaway, near Brevard, Cashiers, and Highlands. What makes this bee farm so special is their commitment to protecting the biodiversity of surrounding forests through ethical bee stewardship as they produce the purest artisanal honey you'll find anywhere. In 2021, Killer Bee's 75-acre apiary was officially named a “Wildlife Refuge” under the NC Wildlife Conservation Lands Program.
Certified Beekeeper & Honey Sommelier Sean and wife Denise open their home and welcome you like longtime friends. Due to their remote ridgetop location, you'll need to sign up for a group tour (their steep one-mile driveway is one way, so you arrive via a van). Sean is the only American beekeeper certified with both the Italian Registry of Honey Sensory Experts and UC Davis in the Sensory Analysis of Honey.
Surrounded by thousands of farm-free acres in Pisgah National Forest, their bees collect nectar untouched by neonics or other toxins and pesticides. Derived from the abundant natural goodness of the forest, their honey is analyzed by independent labs for purity and to ensure the true nectar value. Killer Bees Honey is the only American honey to have their honey tested free from all agricultural toxins, and adulteration with the results posted on their website to ensure you are receiving only the purest honey available.
During your tasting, your tastebuds will be thrilled with all the fresh flavors. Pairings compliment each honey. Taste different honey varietals and discover what makes them different in flavor and color. Killer Bees Honey never purchases honey from other beekeepers, so all quality is assured. They harvest and bottle by hand all honey from their own apiaries. They harvest and bottle it on their farm. Go to Killer Bees website to see and buy their products.
Be a beekeeper for a day! Sean will take great care of you. No experience needed - and it's very safe. Tours of the apiary allow visitors an upclose experience to fully appreciate and savor the results of the bees' hard work.
2021 Tours: “Bee Farm & Honey Culinary Experience:" Book in advance. Tours are Friday and Saturday, May through August, 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
- Learn about the lives of honeybees, their caste system, division of labor, and hive equipment.
- Put on a bee suit, veil, and gloves to inspect the hive with the beekeeper and journey into the world of a bee colony.
- Enjoy a honey tasting from their hives paired with different foods for a light lunch For a light lunch served with champagne.
- Visit the honey processing center to see how pure artisanal honey is managed
- Receive your own 4 oz bottle of honey.
- Review Killer Bees Website for details on Covid-complaint requirements per the NC State guidelines, updated as guidelines change.
$110/person. Plus private tours (minimum 6 people or $690). Go to Killer Bees Website for details and online booking. Limited spots, so book ASAP. Due to their mountaintop location, you will meet at the bottom of the mountain and ride a shuttle to the top.
Your last stop on the tour is their farm store. Take home some souvenirs. Go to Killer Bees Web site to see and buy their products.