WINNEROutstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation (Education Category), 2019
Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County

The Swannanoa Valley Museum hosts hikes year-round. These hikes provide an experiential way to learn about the social, cultural, and natural history of the Valley while making new friends. The museum offers two monthly hiking series as well as several stand-along hikes that are not part of a series.

Swannanoa Rim Explorer Series
The Swannanoa Rim encompasses the ridgelines of the upper Swannanoa Valley that surround Black Mountain. This exclusive program offers experienced hikers the opportunity to explore remote and little traveled territory while learning about the history, geography, hydrology, and environment of the Swannanoa Valley. The eleven hikes of the series take place Saturdays from January through November and depart from Black Mountain at 8:00 a.m. Please refer to our event schedule for more information on dates and hike specifics.

Valley History Explorer Hiking Series
This series consists of eight hikes that explore the past of the communities that shape the Swannanoa Valley. This series introduces the significant history of the region to visitors and residents of the Swannanoa Valley through moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to historic locations.

For inquiries regarding our hiking series, please e-mail