Hikes & Daycations

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EVENTSTART-END
Perley-Crockett Railroad Bed 4WD Caravan
Open Seats 50
2014-4-26
8:00 am
-5:00 pm
Seven Sisters Peaks Hike
Open Seats 15
2014-5-3
8:00 am
-5:00 pm
Rim Hike #4 - Montreat East Ridge
Open Seats 26
2014-5-17
8:00 am
-4:00 pm
Valley History Explorer Hike #3: Samuel Davidson Grave & Alexander Farm Ruins (Swannanoa)
Open Seats 27
2014-5-17
10:00 am
-3:00 pm
Valley History Explorer Hike #4: Rattlesnake Lodge (Riceville)
Open Seats 30
2014-6-21
10:00 am
-4:00 pm
Rim Hike #5 - Pinnacle of the Blue Ridge
Open Seats 28
2014-6-21
8:00 am
-4:00 pm
Independence Day Fireworks Hike
Open Seats 65
2014-7-4
6:00 pm
-10:30 pm
Valley History Explorer Series #5 - Catawba Falls (Leader's Choice)
Open Seats 30
2014-7-19
10:00 am
-4:00 pm
Rim Hike #6 - Grey Eagle Rock
Open Seats 28
2014-7-19
8:00 am
-4:00 pm
Annual Rummage Sale
Open Seats 1000
2014-8-2
8:00 am
-12:00 pm
Rim Hike #7 – Patton’s Table
Open Seats 30
2014-8-16
8:00 am
-4:00 pm
Valley History Explorer Hike #6: Grove Stone Quarry (North Fork)
Open Seats 30
2014-8-16
10:00 am
-4:00 pm
Mitchell Falls Hike
Open Seats 30
2014-9-6
9:30 am
-5:30 pm
Rim Hike #8 – Walker’s Knob
Open Seats 30
2014-9-20
8:00 am
-4:00 pm
Valley History Explorer Hike #7 - Kitsuma (Ridgecrest)
Open Seats 30
2014-9-20
10:00 am
-5:00 pm
Old Mt. Mitchell Toll Road Caravan to Camp Alice
Open Seats 65
2014-10-4
7:30 am
-4:00 pm
Rim Hike #9 – Buckner’s Knob
Open Seats 30
2014-10-18
8:00 am
-4:00 pm
Valley History Explorer Series Hike #8: Montreat Hydroelectric Hike (Montreat)
Open Seats 30
2014-10-18
10:00 am
-4:00 pm
Historic Haunted Tour of In-the-Oaks -- Friday
Open Seats 250
2014-10-24
6:00 pm
-8:00 pm
Historic Haunted Tour of In-the-Oaks -- Saturday
Open Seats 250
2014-10-25
6:00 pm
-8:00 pm
Trick-or-Treat at the Haunted Museum
Open Seats 500
2014-10-31
10:00 am
-8:00 pm
Volunteer and Member Homecoming Lunch
Open Seats 200
2014-11-9
1:00 pm
-3:00 pm
Rim Hike #10 – Top of Brushy/High Top Bee Tree
Open Seats 30
2014-11-15
8:00 am
-4:00 pm
Swannanoa Creek and Tunnel Hike
Open Seats 30
2014-11-22
9:30 am
-3:00 pm
Rim Hike #11 – Garden of Eden
Open Seats 30
2014-12-13
8:00 am
-4:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike Finishers Celebration
Open Seats 100
2014-12-13
5:00 pm
-7:00 pm

Perley-Crockett Railroad Bed 4WD Caravan


Apr 26,2014 - Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Drive or ride up this historic railroad bed from Balsam Gap to Stepp’s Gap. Museum leaders will stop along the way to share the history of this most historic trail. Those who volunteer their vehicles to drive the road and can take 3 passengers may attend for free. Start Time: 8:00AM at Black Mountain Savings Bank
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Black Mountain Savings Bank
200 East State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Perley-Crockett 4WD Caravan - Member $ 50.00
Perley-Crockett 4WD Caravan - NonMember $ 75.00
Perley-Crockett 4WD Caravan - Driver $ 0.00

Seven Sisters Peaks Hike


May 3,2014 - Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hike the entirety of this well-known, much-beloved range above Montreat and Black Mountain in one day!  This 10-mile hike includes an initial 3.5 mile uphill grind to the Seven Sisters ridge.The hike ascends and descends the Seven Sisters with spectacular views into the Burnette (North Fork) Reservoir and out to the Craggie mountain range. Difficulty Rating: Strenuous, 10 miles Start Time: 8:00AM in the Bi-Lo Parking Lot on Route 9 in Black Mountain
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Black Mountain Bi-Lo
205 NC 9
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Seven Sisters Peaks Hike - Member $ 20.00
Seven Sisters Peaks Hike - NonMember $ 30.00

Rim Hike #4 - Montreat East Ridge


May 17,2014 - Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
This segment traverses the crest of the Blue Ridge (Continental Divide) along the eastern boundary of Montreat. The hike will include the peaks of Rocky Head, Brushy Mountain, and Boggs Bunion and will descend on the Blue Ridge down to the historic Swannanoa Gap at Ridgecrest. On the way we will see remnants of the old Mt. Mitchell Railroad and Scenic Auto Road. Difficulty Rating: Moderate/Difficult, 6.0 miles Start Time: 8:00AM at the Museum
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Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Valley History Explorer Hike #3: Samuel Davidson Grave & Alexander Farm Ruins (Swannanoa)


May 17,2014 - Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 8 historic destinations throughout the year. The third hike in the series will take hikers to see the grave of Samuel Davidson (located on private property), followed by the ruins of Alexander Farm, a boarding house, and finally on a moderate trek to the peak of Jones Mountain, where Davidson met his untimely death.
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Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Valley History Explorer 3: Davidson Grave/Alexander Farm - Member $ 20.00
Valley History Explorer 3: Davidson Grave/Alexander Farm - NonMember $ 30.00

Valley History Explorer Hike #4: Rattlesnake Lodge (Riceville)


Jun 21,2014 - Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 8 historic destinations throughout the year. The first hike in the series will take hikers on an exploration of part of the Riceville, North Carolina community - Rattlesnake Lodge. This moderate trail just off the Blue Ridge Parkway will take us to see the remains of the historic Rattlesnake Lodge. The lodge was built between 1903 and 1904 to be a summer home for Dr. Chase P. Ambler and his family. Dr. Ambler was an early conservationist and a major advocate of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The family lived at the lodge in the summers until it was sold in November of 1920.
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Location

Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Member Hike $ 20.00
NonMember Hike $ 30.00

Rim Hike #5 - Pinnacle of the Blue Ridge


Jun 21,2014 - Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
This hike will start where the old Mt. Mitchell Scenic Auto Road (and Railroad) meet the present Parkway. We will summit Blue Ridge Pinnacle, descend to Pinnacle Springs and the Toll Road, then follow the Swannanoa Rim to the summit(s) of Rocky Knob. We will then continue on the Rim to the summit of Greybeard Mountain. Difficulty Rating: Difficult/Strenuous, 6.8 miles Start Time: 8:00AM at the Museum
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Location

Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Rim Hike - Member $ 25.00
Rim Hike - NonMember $ 45.00

Independence Day Fireworks Hike


Jul 4,2014 - Time: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
This hike is a perennial favorite for families and visiting friends! Celebrate the 4th of July with a moderate hike, and then view the sunset and Black Mountain’s fireworks display from the peak of Sunset Mountain. Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate, 1.5 mile Start Time: 6:00PM at the Black Mountain Savings Bank
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Location

Black Mountain Savings Bank
200 East State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Fireworks Hike - Member $ 20.00
Fireworks Hike - NonMember $ 30.00
Fireworks Hike - Child Under 12 $ 15.00

Valley History Explorer Series #5 - Catawba Falls (Leader's Choice)


Jul 19,2014 - Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 8 historic destinations throughout the year. The fifth hike in the series will venture to the bottom of Catawba Falls. These dramatic fall have a long history of receiving visitors for recreation, and the waters of the river below the falls have been used for electrical generation as well.  The trail heads upriver on old road beds, crossing the river once on stepping stones. You may have to get your feet wet here. The trail climbs moderately past some old building foundations and an old dam, before ending at the base of the lower falls.
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Location

Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Catawba Falls Hike - Member $ 20.00
Catawba Falls Hike - NonMember $ 30.00

Rim Hike #6 - Grey Eagle Rock


Jul 19,2014 - Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
The final mile will be along the historic roadbed that was initially built to the summit of Clingman’s Peak, 71 years ago. The toughest part of the entire trip will be the steep ascent up the historic southeast face of Potato Knob. In addition to being the roughest section of the Rim it features the highest elevation, most spectacular environment, and the most incredible vistas on the entire Swannanoa Rim. Difficulty Rating: Strenuous, 3.1 miles Start Time: 8:00AM at the Museum
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Location

Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Rim Hike - Member $ 25.00
Rim Hike - NonMember $ 45.00

Annual Rummage Sale


Aug 2,2014 - Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Support the museum by donating to or buying from our Rummage Sale! Drop off your unwanted items (no clothing please) to the museum Tuesday – Saturday between the hours of 10-5. Receipts for donation are available. The tent is located at the corner of Padgettown Road and Old US 70, Black Mountain, North Carolina.
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Black Mountain
Corner of Padgettown Road and US 70
Black Mountain, 2711

Event Fees:

I\'m coming to the Rummage Sale! $ 0.00

Rim Hike #7 – Patton’s Table


Aug 16,2014 - Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hikers will witness what has been described as some of the most stunning scenery on the entire 900+ mile Mountain to Sea Trail. During the first mile we will climb approximately 300 feet to the crest of the Swannanoa Rim and Hole-In-Rock Ridge, passing below Grey Eagle Rock and just above the boldest source of the Swannanoa River. Difficulty Rating: Moderate/Difficult, 5.3 miles Start Time: 8:00AM at the Museum
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Location

Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Rim Hike - Member $ 25.00
Rim Hike - NonMember $ 45.00

Valley History Explorer Hike #6: Grove Stone Quarry (North Fork)


Aug 16,2014 - Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 8 historic destinations throughout the year. The sixth hike in the series will take hikers on an exploration of part of Grove Stone Quarry to a viewpoint overlooking the North Fork Valley. This moderate trail is part of the network of roads that trucks drive through the quarry. Jason Conner, who works for the quarry, will share the geology of the region. We will hike to a viewpoint the overlooks the North Fork Valley and the Asheville Watershed while we learn about the history of the area.
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Location

Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Member Hike $ 20.00
NonMember Hike $ 30.00

Mitchell Falls Hike


Sep 6,2014 - Time: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
The Museum will host a 6.5-mile hike on a private land preserve, with permission of the owners, to what is now known as Mitchell Falls. This is the site where Dr. Elisha Mitchell fell to his death while trying to prove the mountain that now bears his name is the highest in Eastern North America. The hike is moderate, with a steep descent into the falls themselves. Difficulty Rating: Moderate/Difficult, 6.5 miles Start Time: 9:30AM at the Museum
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Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Mitchell Falls Hike - Member $ 35.00
Mitchell Falls Hike - NonMember $ 50.00

Rim Hike #8 – Walker’s Knob


Sep 20,2014 - Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
This peak (elevation 5,482 feet) was named after North Fork’s Walker family, one of the early families to settle in the upper North Fork valley. They owned much of the land and were engaged in timber and logging. This 4-mile, moderate hike begins at Balsam Gap and extends to Greybeard Overlook on Blue Ridge Parkway. Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3.8 miles Start Time: 8:00AM at the Museum
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Location

Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Rim Hike - Member $ 25.00
Rim Hike - NonMember $ 45.00

Valley History Explorer Hike #7 - Kitsuma (Ridgecrest)


Sep 20,2014 - Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 8 historic destinations throughout the year. The 7th hike in the series is 3-miles and moderate.
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Location

Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

NonMember Hike $ 30.00
Member Hike $ 20.00

Old Mt. Mitchell Toll Road Caravan to Camp Alice


Oct 4,2014 - Time: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for this popular 4-wheel drive caravan up the historic Old Toll Road to Camp Alice on Mt Mitchell. Parts of the trip are on the old Mt Mitchell Railroad bed. We will make several stops for historical presentations and arrive at Camp Alice for a late lunch. Snacks and lunch are provided. Drivers with high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles who will carry 3 passengers will be able to attend for free. Please call for details. Start Time: 7:30AM at the Black Mountain Savings Bank
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Location

Black Mountain Savings Bank
200 East State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Old Mt. Mitchell Toll Road Caravan - Member $ 75.00
Old Mt. Mitchell Toll Road Caravan - NonMember $ 100.00

Rim Hike #9 – Buckner’s Knob


Oct 18,2014 - Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Buckner’s Knob was the original name given to today’s Craggy Pinnacle, named after the Buckner family, one of the early families to settle on the Barnardsville side of the Craggies. This 3.5-mile, moderate hike begins at Craggy Pinnacle parking lot and extends to Craggy picnic area at Bearpen Gap. Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3.3 miles Start Time: 8:00AM at the Museum
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Location

Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Rim Hike - Member $ 25.00
Rim Hike - NonMember $ 45.00

Valley History Explorer Series Hike #8: Montreat Hydroelectric Hike (Montreat)


Oct 18,2014 - Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 8 historic destinations throughout the year. The final hike in the series focuses on the history of Montreat and the remnants of the Montreat hydroelectric facilities that were constructed in 1913 and in use until 1947. This will be a moderate 3-mile hike with an optional 3/4 mile difficult section at the end if anyone would like to also see the holding ponds above the campground.
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Location

Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Member Hike $ 20.00
NonMember Hike $ 30.00

Historic Haunted Tour of In-the-Oaks -- Friday


Oct 24,2014 - Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
On Friday and Saturday evenings, October 24th and 25th, explore the historic Terry Estate, also known as In-the-Oaks. The estate will be decorated for the holiday and will feature a host of spirits, all offering historic interpretation of this grand estate.Tours will last approximately 2 hours. Difficulty Rating: Easy Start Times: 6:00PM, 6:30PM, 7:00PM, 7:30PM, 8:00PM at the Museum
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Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Historic Haunted House Tour - Friday at 6:00pm - Member $ 20.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Friday at 6:00pm - NonMember $ 25.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Friday at 6:30pm - Member $ 20.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Friday at 6:30pm - NonMember $ 25.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Friday at 7:00pm - Member $ 20.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Friday at 7:00pm - NonMember $ 25.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Friday at 7:30pm - Member $ 20.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Friday at 7:30pm - NonMember $ 25.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Friday at 8:00pm - Member $ 20.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Friday at 8:00pm - NonMember $ 25.00

Historic Haunted Tour of In-the-Oaks -- Saturday


Oct 25,2014 - Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
On Friday and Saturday evenings, October 24th and 25th, explore the historic Terry Estate, also known as In-the-Oaks. The estate will be decorated for the holiday and will feature a host of spirits, all offering historic interpretation of this grand estate.. Tours will last approximately 2 hours. Difficulty Rating: Easy Start Times: 6:00PM, 6:30PM, 7:00PM, 7:30PM, 8:00PM at the Museum
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Location

Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Historic Haunted House Tour - Saturday at 6:00pm - Member $ 20.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Saturday at 6:00pm - NonMember $ 25.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Saturday at 6:30pm - Member $ 20.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Saturday at 6:30pm - NonMember $ 25.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Saturday at 7:00pm - Member $ 20.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Saturday at 7:00pm - NonMember $ 25.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Saturday at 7:30pm - Member $ 20.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Saturday at 7:30pm - NonMember $ 25.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Saturday at 8:00pm - Member $ 20.00
Historic Haunted House Tour - Saturday at 8:00pm - NonMember $ 25.00

Trick-or-Treat at the Haunted Museum


Oct 31,2014 - Time: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Free Admission All Day! Bring your children to the (kid-friendly) haunted museum for some candy and a last look around the museum before we close for the season. Hours: 10:00AM until 8:00PM Price: Free
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Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Haunted Museum - Free Admission $ 0.00

Volunteer and Member Homecoming Lunch


Nov 9,2014 - Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Each year our Board of Directors and staff invite our members and volunteers to lunch as a way to say thank you for your valued and much-needed support. Please join us for lunch at 1:00pm at the Dining Hall at Lake Eden (Camp Rockmont), in Black Mountain. This is our treat for volunteers and members, but guests are welcome for $10. Our board members are cooking up a terrific lunch, and yummy desserts.  We will also have a silent auction this year with great items donated from area businesses! Start Time: 1:00PM at Camp Rockmont, 375 Lake Eden Road Price: Free for Volunteers and Members; Guests $10
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Location

White Horse Black Mountain
105-C Montreat Road
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Volunteer and Membership Appreciation Lunch - Member $ 0.00
Volunteer and Membership Appreciation Lunch - NonMember $ 10.00

Rim Hike #10 – Top of Brushy/High Top Bee Tree


Nov 15,2014 - Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
In the 1800s and early 1900s the top of Brushy was an important meeting spot for hunters. It divides the large drainages of Bee Tree Creek (Right Fork), Laurel Branch, and Sugar Fork. The high top of Bee Tree is the highest point on the Swannanoa Rim. This approximately 6-mile, difficult hike begins at Laurel Ridge youth camp and extends to Laurel Ridge water tank. Difficulty Rating: Difficult, 4.7 miles Start Time: 8:00AM at the Museum
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Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Rim Hike - Member $ 25.00
Rim Hike - NonMember $ 45.00

Swannanoa Creek and Tunnel Hike


Nov 22,2014 - Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Offered again in 2014 as part of our Civil War 150th Anniversary Exhibit and a perennial favorite for winter hiking is the Museum's trek along the Swannanoa Creek, which will be held on Saturday, December 6. This moderate hike is downhill most of the way and passes by the grave of a Civil War soldier and the ruins of an old homestead. Hikers often view trains on the nearby tracks, and there is a good view of the eastern end of the Swannanoa Tunnel. Difficulty Rating: Moderate/Difficult, 4-miles Meet: Participants should meet in at the Swannanoa Valley Museum at 9:30 am. Pack List: Bring lunch, drinks, snacks, etc. Dress for the vagaries of winter weather and wear sturdy hiking boots. Cost: $20 for Museum members, $30 for non-members.
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Location

Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Member Hike $ 20.00
NonMember Hike $ 30.00

Rim Hike #11 – Garden of Eden


Dec 13,2014 - Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
This rocky mountaintop is located one mile northwest of Lake Eden on the Swannanoa Rim. In the summer months its rocky top was famous for its sunning serpents (rattlesnakes and copperheads) and it why this segment of the rim is hiked in the winter. This loop hike begins at Camp Rockmont for Boys climbs to Cedar Cliff and the Garden of Eden and returns to Rockmont. Difficulty Rating: Strenuous, 7.5 miles Start Time: 8:00AM at the Museum
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Location

Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Rim Hike - Member $ 25.00
Rim Hike - NonMember $ 45.00

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike Finishers Celebration


Dec 13,2014 - Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tonight we’re celebrating all those who finished the Rim Hike series in 2014. All 2014 finishers will receive their Rim Hike jackets this evening. All past and present finishers and their families are welcome. We will provide dinner, desert, and non-alcoholic beverages. If you would like wine or beer, please BYOB. Start Time: 5:00PM Price: Free for all 2014 finishers, $5-$10 suggested donation for all others
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Swannanoa Valley Museum
223 West State Street
Black Mountain, 28711

Event Fees:

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike Finishers Celebration - Finisher $ 0.00
Attendee $ 10.00