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Historic Swannanoa Creek Hike

December 11 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

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 mid-1900s, the trains still run up and down the mountain several times a day transporting coal east and wood chips west. Hikers often view trains on the nearby tracks, and during the hike there is a good view of the eastern end of the Swannanoa Tunnel, the longest of the seven tunnels constructed up the Old Fort railroad grade. Along the way, hikers will also see the gravestones of two Civil War soldiers.

Difficulty: Difficult/Strenuous​, 4-miles; the difficulty of this hike has been upgraded to strenuous due to the numerous creek crossings, climbing over/under fallen trees, and a climb up a steep bank. Boots are a must and hiking poles are very helpful.

Cost: $25 members/$35 nonmembers

Please e-mail svmhikes@gmail.com with any inquiries. 

If you wish to attend this event, please click on the link to RSVP below. We will contact you when registration is available.


December 11
9:00 am - 2:30 pm


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