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January 2022

Registration: Valley History Explorer Hiking Series

January 3 @ 8:00 am - February 28 @ 12:00 pm

NEW, FULL SERIES HIKERS: At 8:00am on January 3, 2022, online registration for the 2022 Valley History Explorer Series will open. Registration will take place on Eventbrite via a link…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #2: Rhododendron Rim

January 22 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This 4.3 mile, moderate hike​ runs from Wendell Begley’s home on Sunset Mountain to Route 9. It passes through property once owned by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino, best known for his…

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Hike Finisher Celebration at Lake Tomahawk

January 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hike finishers will receive an email with information about this open-air gathering. Please email svmhikes@gmail.com with any questions. 

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Online: Winter Workshop- Planting By the Signs in Appalachia

January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Join us on zoom for a look at the history of planting by the astrological signs in Appalachia. Though antiquated, this interesting historical practice held sway, and still does, throughout…

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February 2022

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #3: Cherokee Boundary

February 12 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The Cherokee Boundary was the eastern most boundary of the Cherokee Nation. The hike will begin at Wendell's house and cover the Eastern Continental Divide to near Swannanoa Gap. Almost all of the 4.5 mile trip (many ups and…

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Falls Branch Falls Hike

February 19 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Enjoy visiting the small, but beautiful, waterfall on Falls Branch, located within the boundaries of Grove Stone and Sand Quarry. This loop hike will ramble through parts of the quarry…

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Winter Workshop: Crafting Kudzu Baskets

February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The image of kudzu growing over trees and hillsides is a familiar sight in Southern Appalachia and the South, and though this plant has a less-than desirable reputation, its vines…

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Winter Workshop 1: Crafting Stories from Nature

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Christmount Christiann Assembly, 222 Fern Way
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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We are all a part of the natural world and our lives are profoundly affected by nature.  The natural world provides a common meeting place as well as a source…

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March 2022

Orientation: Valley History Explorer Hiking Series

March 3 @ 6:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Free

Join us for an orientation to the Museum’s VALLEY HISTORY EXPLORER HIKING SERIES, which consists of 8 hikes to historic locations around the Swannanoa Valley, one in each of our communities.…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #1: Bee Tree

March 12 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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image of the bee tree reservoir surrounded by mountains

The first hike in the series will explore the Bee Tree community. With special permission from the Conservation Trust of North Carolina, we will hike around the Bee Tree Reservoir,…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #1: Weatherford Heights

March 19 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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The hike to Weatherford Heights explores the history and geography of Y.M.C.A. Blue Ridge Assembly. The hike follows the original boundary line of the conference center’s grounds, surveyed by educator, author, and religious leader Willis…

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Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – East

March 26 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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. The trip stops at…

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April 2022

Valley History Explorer Hike #2: Leader’s Choice (Kitsuma)

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This hike will follow the Kitsuma Trail to a viewpoint boasting sweeping vistas of the Swannanoa Valley, including a breathtaking view of Mt. Mitchell, which is visible on clear days. Today, Ridgecrest…

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The Secret World of Birds: an Introduction to Bird Language

April 16 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Birds are all around us and they are always talking! and often when they are silent, they are still communicating.  Through sounds, silences, and behaviors birds are sharing vast amounts…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #4: Montreat East Ridge

April 23 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This difficult, 6-mile segment traverses the crest of the Blue Ridge (Continental Divide) along the eastern boundary of Montreat. Montreat was founded by Rev. John C. Collins in 1897 as a place “for physical and…

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Mid-Week Wildflower Hike

April 26 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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…

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May 2022

Upper Catawba Falls Hike

May 7 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #3: Swannanoa (Davidson Grave)

May 14 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This hike will take hikers to see the grave of one the first European settlers west of the Blue Ridge – Samuel Davidson (located on private property),  who was killed…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #5: Pinnacle of the Blue Ridge

May 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This will be a rewarding hike with some of the best views on the rim. However, it will be long and difficult. The hike will be a loop hike of…

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June 2022

Valley History Explorer Hike #4: Black Mountain (In the Oaks)

June 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Join us for a historic tour of the Montreat College Athletic Campus, the former site on In-the-Oaks. We will take a short tour through the house and then walk the…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #6: Grey Eagle Rock

June 18 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This strenuous hike takes its name from the rock that resembles a Cherokee chief known as Grey Eagle sitting and overlooking Black Mountain. The hike begins at Black Mountain Gap…

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July 2022

Valley History Explorers #5: Ridgecrest (Point Lookout)

July 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711

The moderate, 3-mile Ridgecrest hike will take hikers on the Point Lookout Trail to a viewpoint overlooking the valley. Point Lookout was a popular stopping point and overlook on old…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #7: Patton’s Table

July 16 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This hike will start near Clingman’s Peak and then will follow the Old Mitchell Trail to Potato Knob and Patton’s Table. We will then follow the MTS Trail to top…

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Save the Date: SVM 2nd Annual Classic Car Show

July 30 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

More details coming soon!

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August 2022

Valley History Explorer Hike #6: Riceville (Rattlesnake Lodge)

August 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Hikers will first stop at Bull Creek Valley Overlook, overlooking the Riceville valley, to learn about the history of the community, named after Joseph Marion Rice, who settled in the…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #8: Walker’s Knob

August 20 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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. The Walkers owned much of…

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September 2022

Valley History Explorer Series Hike #7: Montreat (Hydroelectric History)

September 10 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This hike focuses on the history of Montreat, which was founded in 1897 by Rev. John Collins. The remnants of the Montreat hydroelectric facilities that were constructed in 1913 and…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #9: Buckner’s Knob

September 17 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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.…

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October 2022

Mt. Mitchell Railroad 4WD Caravan to Camp Alice

October 1 @ 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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…

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Valley History Explorer Hike #8: North Fork Driving Tour

October 8 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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This event will be structured as a stop-and-go tour of the North Fork area. Attendees will visit several prominent historic sites and enjoy talks from local historians and descendants of…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #10: High Top of Bee Tree

October 15 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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,…

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Save the Date: SVM’s Haunted History Tours

October 21 @ 5:00 pm - October 22 @ 11:00 pm

Look for more details later this year!

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November 2022

Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – West

November 5 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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…

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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #11: Garden of Eden

November 19 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Join the museum for the final hike of the Swannanoa Rim Hike Series to “Garden of Eden.” This rocky mountaintop is located one mile northwest of Lake Eden on the…

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December 2022

Historic Swannanoa Creek Hike

December 10 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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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. Though passenger train service ceased in the…

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