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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 svmhikes@gmail.com. Additional spaces for individual hikers on the waitlist may open up if a full series hiker cancels their registration.


January 25, 2020
8:00 am - 1:30 pm


Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center
223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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