Each year, the museum hosts one-off hikes and tours to unique and storied parts of the Swannanoa Valley. These tours 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.

2022 Events

Event NameDate
Independence Day Sunset Fireworks HikeMonday, July 4, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Come Hell Or High Water, Remembering The Flood Of 1916Thursday, July 21, 7:00-10:00pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum Classic Car Show Saturday, July 30, 10:00am-2:00pm
Storytelling on Sunset MountainSaturday, September 24, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Mt. Mitchell Railroad 4WD Caravan to Camp AliceSaturday, October 1, 7:30am-6:30pm
Haunted History ToursFriday, Oct 21, and Saturday, Oct 22
Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed- West SideSaturday, November 5, 9:00am-2:30pm
Historic Swannanoa Creek Hike Saturday, December 10, 9:00am-2:30pm

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, 7:00-10:00pm: Screening and Discussion 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 screening and discussion of Come Hell Or High Water, Remembering The Flood Of 1916, a film by award-winning filmmaker David Weintraub. This screening will coincide with the Swannanoa Valley Museum’s new exhibit on historic floods and flood mitigation in the Swannanoa Valley. LEARN MORE HERE.

Saturday, July 30, 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.

Saturday, September 24, 6:30pm-8:30pm: Storytelling on Sunset Mountain

Come enjoy an evening of local storytelling and music on Sunset Mountain in Black Mountain. Attendees will hike up the mountain- the site of the historic Miami Hotel- and enjoy an hour of fireside entertainment. READ 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 AND RSVP 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.