Hikes & Events

Rim Hike 5 Pinnacle of the Blue Ridge

The Swannanoa Valley Museum hosts events and hikes year-round. Click on the navigation bar above to view our monthly events. Our popular hikes provide an experiential way to learn about the social, cultural, and natural history of the Valley while making new friends. The museum offers two monthly hiking series as well as other excursions and special events. Sign up for our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on our current events.

General Hiking Information

Museum Hiking Policies

Guide for New Hikers

Packing for a Day Hike

Difficulty Rating System

Hiking Scholarships

The Museum’s Hiking Series 

Swannanoa Rim Explorer Series – The Swannanoa Rim encompasses the ridgelines of the upper Swannanoa Valley that surround Black Mountain. This exclusive program offers experienced hikers the opportunity to explore remote and little traveled territory while learning about the history, geography, hydrology, and environment of the Swannanoa Valley. The eleven hikes of the series take place on a Saturday from February through December and depart from the Museum at 8:00am.

Valley History Explorer Hiking Series – The Valley History Explorer Series consists of seven hikes that explore the past of the communities that shape the Swannanoa Valley. This series introduces the significant history of the region to visitors and residents of the Swannanoa Valley through moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to historic locations. The hikes occur each month (February – September, except July) at 10:00am and meet at the Museum. Each hike costs $20 for members of the Museum and $30 for nonmembers. The entire series can be purchased for $140 for members. Nonmembers may sign up for a membership and the series for $210.

Other Hikes and Excursions

The Swannanoa Valley Museum sponsors other hikes to destinations across the region, not part of Swannanoa Rim Explorer or Valley History Explorer hkes. We have hikes and driving tours suitable for all abilities. Click on the monthly events tabs above to learn more.

Special Events

The Swannanoa Valley Museum hosts activities at the museum and off-site locations throughout the year. Sign up for our e-newsletter and follow us on social media to stay updated about upcoming events.

Event Policies

Refund Policy: For some of our events we require prepayment to reserve your space. You may pay this amount through PayPal, by sending a check to the museum at PO Box 306, Black Mountain, NC, or by bringing cash to the museum during normal operating hours. Please let us know as soon as possible if you can no longer participate in an event you have signed up for. If you cancel 48 hours before an event is set to depart, you will receive a 100% refund. If you cancel 48 hours to one hour before the event you will receive an 80% refund to cover any cost we incurred planning for you to attend. If you are a no-show, you will not receive a refund. (In some cases, you may transfer your prepayment to a future event, less the upfront cost to the museum.)

Pet Policy: At this time pets (except service animals) are not allowed on any of our hikes or events.

Please note that these events, dates, times and destinations are subject to change. Please call the Museum, (828) 669-9566, or send an email to info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org to register and confirm they are taking place.


April 1st - October 31st
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00am - 5:00pm
or by appointment


Admission: $5 Donation suggested per person