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.

2023 Events

Event NameDate
Seven Sisters Peaks HikeSaturday, February 4th, 8:00am-5:00pm
Linville Gorge HikeSaturday, February 25th, 7:45am-5:00pm
Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – EastSaturday, March 25th, 9:00am-2:30pm
Cold Mountain HikeSaturday, April 1st, 7:45am-5:00pm
Mid-Week Wildflower HikeTuesday, April 25th, 9:00am-1:00pm
Upper Catawba Falls HikeSaturday, May 6th, 9:00am-2:00pm
Intro to Bluegrass Banjo Workshop & Concert with Wayne ErbsenSaturday, May 13th, 1:00-3:00pm (workshop); 4:00-5:30pm (concert)
Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Black Mountain June thru December
Montreat to Mt. Mitchell HikeSaturday, September 30th, TBD
Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – WestSaturday, November 4th, 9:00am-2:30pm
Historic Swannanoa Creek Hike Saturday, December 9, 9:00am-2:30pm

2023 Event Details

Saturday, February 4, 8:00am-5:00pm: Seven Sisters Peaks Hike (SOLD OUT)

We will be hosting a strenuous hike across the expansive range of the Seven Sisters Peaks where hikers will learn more about the history, ecology, and geography of the range while enjoying panoramic views. READ MORE AND LEARN HOW TO REGISTER HERE.

Sign up for the Waitlist here

Saturday, February 25th, 7:45am-5:00pm: Linville Gorge Hike

Join us on this difficult, all-day, hike to explore the Linville Gorge and witness some of the most rugged and and spectacular scenery in the eastern United States. READ FULL DETAILS AND LEARN HOW TO REGISTER HERE

Saturday, March 25th, 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 1, 7:45am – 5:00pm: Cold Mountain Hike

Join us on this difficult, all-day hike to explore Cold Mountain in the Shining Rock Wilderness area. Hikers will encounter some of the most renowned and rugged terrain in the Art Loeb Trail. READ FULL DETAILS AND REGISTER HERE.

Tuesday, April 25, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Mid-Week Wildflower Hike

This spring, head outside and learn to identify both common and rare Appalachian wildflowers. Led by Joe and Mary Standaert, local historians and members of the Western Carolina Botanical Club, this hike will take a short, leisurely walk in our diverse woodlands. READ FULL DETAILS AND REGISTER HERE.

Saturday, May 6, 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.

Saturday, May 13, 1:00pm-3:00pm (workshop); 4:00-5:30pm (concert): Intro to Bluegrass Banjo Workshop and Concert with Wayne Erbsen

Join us in this beginners workshop taught by Wayne Erbsen to learn just how fun and easy it is to play the banjo. Even if you have zero experience, this workshop is for you! Banjos can be rented for the duration of the workshop. Afterwards, Wayne and any willing students from the workshop will perform a concert. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE.

June thru December: 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, November 4, 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 9, 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.