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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #2: Rhododendron Rim
January 25, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
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 innovative system of self-supporting arches and vaults using interlocking tiles in some of New York’s most famous Beaux-Arts landmarks, as well as Asheville’s Basilica of St. Lawrence. He retired in Black Mountain and built an eclectic estate called Rhododendron and known locally as the “Spanish Castle”.
Difficulty: Moderate, 4.3 miles
Rim Hike #1 – Weatherford Heights takes place in March and is strenuous. Rim Hikes #2 and #3, which are more moderate, will take place in January and February, respectively.
Note: This hike is part of a series, which goes on sale January 2, 2020. Hikers who wish to register for individual hikes may add their name to the waitlist by sending an email to email@example.com. Additional spaces for individual hikers on the waitlist may open up if a full series hiker cancels their registration.