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Valley History Explorer Hike #5: Ridgecrest (Kitsuma)

July 11 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 is best known as the home of the Lifeway Ridgecrest Conference Center. The conference center was first founded as the Southern Baptist Assembly by Dr. Bernard Washington Spilman in 1907. The center is marked by a large white cross, which is visible as drivers heading west on I-40 crest the top of the Blue Ridge on their way up from Old Fort.

Difficulty:  Moderate, 2.5 miles

Note: This event has been split into two different hike times- 8:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 5:00pm in order to adhere social distancing and group gathering guidelines for the state of North Carolina. 

UPDATE: In order to follow state regulations concerning the coronavirus, the Swannanoa Valley Museum has created new guidelines for its 2020 hikes. These guidelines and the 2020 hike schedule, will continue to evolve as the COVID situation changes.  Please email svmhikes@gmail.com with any questions. 

New hike guidelines:

  • Sign-ins will be conducted outdoors, at the parking lot of the Black Mountain Savings Bank.
  • There will be no carpooling, no pickup truck / driver shuttles, and a new limited hike size.  All the series hikes have been redesigned to be either be out/back or loop hikes and the museum discourages any carpooling to the trailheads, unless with family members or trusted friends.
  • No one exhibiting symptoms will be allowed on the hikes.
  • Hikes are limited to 25 hikers (20 hikers plus leaders). 
  • SVM will not shuttle drivers in cars or pickup trucks as in the past.
  • Hikers will be required to bring a mask. Masks should be worn at the sign-in / registration table and at any time hikers are in a close group, such as at trailheads, history talks, or rest breaks.
  • Social distancing requested on the trails.
  • Series hikers have the opportunity to make up these hikes at any time in the future. If hikers do not feel comfortable taking part in hikes in 2020, this is more than understandable.

 

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.

Details

Date:
July 11
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Venue

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