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Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – West

November 5 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Join us on this exclusive historic driving tour of the west side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. The caravan will stop for participants to view the impressive chimney that was once part of a large boarding house where travelers on their way to Mt. Mitchell would stay before they began the ascent to the highest peak in eastern North America. The tour will also stop at the former entrance to Governor Zebulon Vance’s estate, Gombroon, as well as the Gombroon wall. Following that, we will pass the Left Hand Fork Intake and head to the Dan Burnett Place. The tour will end with the ruins of Gombroon – to include the foundation, heart-shaped pool, the spring house, and the McGinnis Cabin.

Difficulty: Moderate; There will be some walking on rough terrain. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.

Pack: Please bring your lunch, snacks, and a drink. This is primarily a driving tour, but you may also want to bring a full water bottle, a hat, hiking poles, rain gear, and any personal medications you may need in a small day pack. You may bring a camera to take photographs for personal (non-commercial) use. *No dogs or other pets are allowed on the tour.* 

Cost and Registration: Fees will be determined based on whether attendees will drive in their own vehicles or share rides with hike leaders in leaders’ vehicles. These options will depend on the state of covid-19 in the months leading up to the event. Check back for more details! In the meantime, please RSVP below to let us know you’re interested in attending. We will contact you as soon as tickets are available. 

Vehicle Requirements: If it is determined that drivers must bring their own vehicles, vehicles must meet the following criteria-

  • 4×4 
  • Transmission with extra low gears
  • Proper ground clearance. 

**Drivers – Your vehicle must get clearance from our trip leader prior to registering as a driver. Please contact us at svmvolunteer@gmail.com to get clearance.**

COVID Policy (reposted from 2021- new policy will be posted in months leading up to the event)

  • Only family members or people who are in the same “social pod” should travel in a vehicle together. Unassociated attendees will not be asked to ride in a vehicle together.
  • All attendees, volunteers and hike leaders are required to bring masks and social distancing must be observed. Attendees and hike leaders must wear masks properly, covering noses and mouths, during talks outside the vehicles. 
  • The sign-in for the event will be conducted outdoors, at the parking lot of the Black Mountain Savings Bank.



November 5
9:00 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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