Each year, the museum hosts one-off hikes, tours and other events showcasing parts of the Swannanoa Valley. These events explore local history, lore and geography, often providing exclusive access to precious historic trails and long-lost communities far off the beaten path. Read on to learn more and register.
|Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Black Mountain||June thru December|
|Hike from Montreat to Mount Mitchell||Saturday, October 1, 8:15am|
|Mt. Mitchell Railroad 4WD Caravan to Camp Alice||Saturday, October 1, 7:30am-6:30pm|
|Haunted History Tours||Friday, Oct 21, and Saturday, Oct 22|
|Autumn “Nature Ramble”||Friday, October 28, 9:00am-3:00pm|
|Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed- West Side||Saturday, November 5, 9:00am-2:30pm|
|Historic Swannanoa Creek Hike||Saturday, December 10, 9:00am-2:30pm|
Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Black Mountain
Learn the history of Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley on this walking tour! Museum staff will lead attendees through historic State Street, Cherry Street and Black Mountain Avenue, relaying the history of several buildings and discussing topics including the building of the Swannanoa Tunnel and the disastrous downtown fire of 1912. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE.
Saturday, October 1, 8:15am: Hike from Montreat to Mount Mitchell
Starting in Montreat, this challenging 13.5 mile route with an elevation gain of 4000 feet will cover portions of the Greybeard Trail, the historic Old Toll Road, and the Buncombe Horse Range (Bridle) Trail, culminating in a 1,000 foot climb from Camp Alice to the Summit of Mount Mitchell. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE.
Saturday, October 1, 7:30am-6:30pm: Mt. Mitchell Railroad 4WD Caravan to Camp Alice
Join us for this popular 4-wheel drive caravan up the historic Mt. Mitchell railroad bed/Old Toll Road to Camp Alice on Mt. Mitchell. Once a major tourist attraction, the “Old Toll Road” made the “apex of Appalachia accessible” for the cost of $1 per person. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE.
Friday, Oct 21 and Saturday, Oct 22: Haunted History Tours
An annual favorite, our haunted history walking tours highlight the humorous, haunting and harrowing history of the Swannanoa Valley while being visited by some of its most famous spirits. Locations change year to year. LEARN MORE HERE.
Friday, October 28, 9:00am-3:00pm: Autumn “Nature Ramble”
Join us on this beautiful and serene hike to learn more about the Swannanoa Valley’s incredibly diverse fauna and flora. This fall hike will be a slow-paced walk through nature with experienced guide and naturalist, Luke Cannon. Participants will discover a new appreciation for how the plants and fungi of the region are shaped by its ecosystem while also learning more about the many different animals that will be encountered on the hike. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE.
Saturday, November 5, 9:00am-2:30pm: Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed- West
Join us on this exclusive historic driving tour of the west side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. The caravan will stop for participants to view the impressive chimney that was once part of a large boarding house where travelers on their way to Mt. Mitchell would stay before they began the ascent to the highest peak in eastern North America. READ FULL DETAILS AND LEARN HOW TO REGISTER HERE.
Saturday, December 10, 9:00am-2:30pm: Historic Swannanoa Creek Hike
The museum will host a difficult/strenuous winter hike down this historic path, which was used by wagons and stagecoaches bringing travelers up the mountain before the railroad was built. READ MORE AND REGISTER HERE.
2022 Past Events
Saturday, March 26th, 9:00am-2:30pm: Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed- East
Join us on this exclusive historic driving tour of the east side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. READ FULL DETAILS AND LEARN HOW TO REGISTER HERE
Saturday, April 16, 9:00am-11:00am: The Secret World of Birds- An Introduction to Bird Language
This workshop will give you an understanding of the most common types of bird vocalizations and behaviors, how to interpret their meanings on the landscape, and an amazing new awareness of the conversations that have been happening around you your whole life. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE.
Tuesday, April 26, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Mid-Week Wildflower Hike
This spring, head outside and learn to identify both common and rare Appalachian wildflowers on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Led by Joe and Mary Standaert, local historians and members of the Western Carolina Botanical Club, this hike will follow the Mountain-to-Sea Trail starting at Craven Gap. READ FULL DETAILS AND RSVP HERE.
Saturday, May 7, 9:00am-2:00pm: Upper Catawba Falls Hike
Join us for this moderate 4.3 mile round trip hike on a section of one of the oldest wagon roads into the Valley from Old Fort. The hike starts at Arthur Joe and Mary Hemphill’s pavilion at Fortune Fields and follows the Catawba River down to the upper Falls, passing Davis Falls on the way and following the old wagon road. Arthur Joe’s ancestor, Capt. Thomas Hemphill (1746-1826) was an original Revolutionary War patriot who owned part of this popular stage road up from Old Fort. READ MORE AND REGISTER HERE.
Monday, May 9, 9:00am-1:00pm: Swannanoa Valley Nature Ramble
This excursion along the beautiful Swannanoa Creek near Old Fort will explore the flora and fauna of the Swannanoa Valley. Too often we head off walking or hiking at a quick pace with a destination in mind, but this unique outing is more of a “ramble” through nature with an experienced guide- Luke Cannon. READ MORE AND REGISTER HERE.
Monday, July 4, 7:00pm-11:00pm: Independence Day Sunset Fireworks Hike
Celebrate Independence Day with your family, friends, guests, and the Swannanoa Valley Museum on a 1.5-mile, moderate hike to the peak of Sunset Mountain. Here, Museum guests will enjoy an old-fashioned watermelon cutting, and then stay to watch the sun set and the fireworks explode over the town of Black Mountain. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE.
Thursday, July 21, 4:00-10:00pm: Exhibit Reception and Screening of Come Hell Or High Water, Remembering The Flood Of 1916
Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum and the Center for Cultural Preservation on Thursday, July 21st, for a special exhibit reception from 4:00pm-6:00pm, followed by a 7:00pm screening of Come Hell Or High Water, Remembering The Flood Of 1916, a film by award-winning filmmaker David Weintraub. LEARN MORE HERE.
Friday, August 5, 11am-4pm and Saturday, August 6, 8am-noon: Annual Rummage Sale
Support the museum by visiting our Rummage Sale! This year’s sale will take place in the same location as previous years – under a large tent at the corner of Padgettown Road and Old US 70 in Black Mountain. LEARN MORE HERE
Saturday, August 13, 10:00am-2:00pm: SVM Classic Car Show
The 2nd Annual Classic Car Show held by the Swannanoa Valley Museum. READ MORE AND RSVP HERE.
Thursday, August 25, 7:00pm-8:15pm: Online Screening of Come Hell or High Water
Join the museum on zoom on Thursday, August 25th for a screening of “Come Hell or High Water: Remembering the Great Flood of 1916. Director David Weintraub will introduce the film and conduct a short Q&A afterwards. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE