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

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

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, and Sugar Fork. The Bee Trees run south from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Grovemont and Swannanoa, separating the North Fork drainage from the Bee Tree Creek drainage. The Museum’s hike provides a tour of these mountains from White Oak Flats, just south of Brushy Ridge, to the gap near Eden Rock, above the Granny and Laurel Branches. 

Difficulty: Difficult, 4.5 miles

Note: This event has been split into two different hike times- Saturday, October 16 @ 8:00AM – 2:30PM & Sunday, October 17 @ 8:00AM – 2:30PM in order to keep hike group numbers low and to better adhere to evolving county and state coronavirus protocols.     

This event is sold out for 2021. The museum hikes committee is taking a waitlist for individual hikes and will attempt to add hikers as spots are available. Please direct any inquiries to svmhikes@gmail.com.    

Updated Coronavirus Protocol:

Due to the very high percentage of fully vaccinated people on our hikes and the relaxed COVID guidelines, we will be returning to our customary hike route and transportation plans. We will now be doing one-way hikes that will require a short carpool/driver shuttle system. People in the shuttle cars should mask up and leave some windows open. **If you are uncomfortable with these arrangements, please let the hike committee know at svmhikes@gmail.com and your credits will be reserved for future hikes.** 

We will observe the following hiking procedures due to COVID:

      • Please bring a mask to the event to use during carpooling.
      • No one who is sick or running a fever should attend
      • If not vaccinated, masks should be worn in all group settings like sign-in and congregation
      • Social distancing while on the trails is recommended.


October 17
8:00 am - 2:30 pm


Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center


Black Mountain Savings Bank
200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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