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Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – West

October 30 @ 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.

Vehicle Requirements: Drivers must bring vehicles that meet the following criteria-

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

 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. 

**Pricing will be determined later in 2021, dependent on the state of the covid-19 pandemic. If possible, the museum will use the per-person pricing system of past years. However, if still deemed relevant, the museum will charge per vehicle as it did in 2020.** 

Please click on the link to RSVP below if you would like to be placed on a contact list when registration is available. 



October 30
9:00 am - 2:30 pm


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