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July  2014
  • Swannanoa Valley Postcard History – Presentation & Book Signing by Mary and Joe Standaert
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: July 26, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: Swannanoa Valley Museum, West State Street, Black Mountain, NC, United States
    Description: Join authors Mary and Joe Standaert for a presentation on the history of the Swannanoa Valley and their newest book, Swannanoa Valley: A Postcard History. The couple will sign books (available for sale at the event) after their presentation.

    Start Time: 10:30AM at the Museum
    Price: Free
  • Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #6 - Grey Eagle Rock
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: July 26, 2014 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Swannanoa Valley Museum, West State Street, Black Mountain, NC, United States
    Description: The total walking distance will be approximately 3 miles. 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 truly without question the most incredible vistas on the entire Swannanoa Rim. Along the particular climb up Potato Knob we will experience a gain of approximately 1,230 feet in the 1 mile distance. About .75 miles of the 1 mile climb will be bushwhacking, mainly through the rhododendrons with many spectacular views (pending weather/clouds) … Some of the best in Western North Carolina.

    Approximately 45% of the total mileage will be along the Rim and corresponding old Cherokee boundary which is trail less. We will begin the hike at Toe River Gap off the Blue Ridge Parkway. At approximately 5,200 feet, Toe River Gap is one of the highest gaps on the entire Blue Ridge Range. We will walk slightly northwest crossing the summit of Bald Knob (5,400’) and later Potato Knob (6,400’). As mentioned, the climb up Potato Knob will be steep and slow. We will pass many historic sites on the way, including prominent Grey Eagle Rock (one legend says this symbolic rock gave our town it first name). Much of the time we will be looking down on the Swannanoa Valley and many extraordinary geographical features and famous historic sites. Some of the trek will be along traces of the celebrated 1840 Mitchell Trail. Mary and I have restored some of the old trace. We will plan on eating lunch at our walk-in cabins (6,500’) near Clingman’s Peak. We will finish the hike at Stepps Gap (entrance to Mt Mitchell State Park).

    Difficulty Rating: Strenuous, 3.1 miles

    Meet: 8:00 AM at the Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street.

    Parking: Please park in the gravel parking lot behind the Methodist Church on Church Street (across from Black Mountain Bakery) and walk over to the museum to check in.

    Pack List: Please bring your lunch and plenty of water. Wear good hiking shoes and socks and long pants. You will probably also want sunscreen, bug spray, a hat, hiking poles, rain gear, and any personal medications you may need. Please have all gear you are not wearing in a day pack to keep your hands free while hiking.

    Cost: (for each hike)$25 for Museum members, $45 for non-members.

    Registration: Reservations are required. Register by calling 828-669-9566 or emailing info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org
  • Valley History Explorer Series #5 - Catawba Falls (Leader's Choice)
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: July 26, 2014 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Swannanoa Valley Medical Center, Black Mountain, NC, United States
    Description: 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.

    Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum at 10:00 AM to carpool to the trail head.

    Pack List: Please bring a bag lunch and plenty of water along with your hiking gear.

    Cost: $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers.

    Registration: Call 828-669-9566 or email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org.

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