These will be moderate monthly hikes of approximately 5-7 miles on weekdays in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. They will be loop or out and back hikes within a 1-hour drive of Black Mountain in areas like The Craggies, Big Ivey, Old Fort, Pisgah National Forest, Bent Creek, Florence Preserve, Shope Creek, North Mills Recreation Area and others. All you need to do to join us is to maintain your active museum membership and pay a $30 annual club fee.

During the middle of each month, we will send out an email to our hiking club members with the date and details for the hike which will take place during the following month. The days that the hikes are on will vary so more people have a chance to hike. 

For more information and hike details, please email svmhikes@gmail.com.

What: Monthly Weekday Hikes for Swannanoa Valley Museum Members.

Cost: Active Membership Plus $30 Annual Hiking Club Fee.

Hikes: Moderate Hikes – 5 to 7 miles.

Where: Western NC including The Craggies, Big Ivey, Old Fort, Pisgah National Forest, Bent Creek, Blue Ridge Parkway Trails, Florence Preserve, Shope Creek, North Mills River Recreation Area, and others.

When: One weekday per month.

SVM Members Hike # 1 – Tuesday, December 19, 2023

SVM Members Hike #2 – Friday, January, 26, 2024

SVM Members Hike #3 – Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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Bracken Preserve – Brevard, NC: This moderate 6.7-mile loop with an elevation gain of 1,100 feet explores the Bracken Preserve trails which are near the Brevard Music Center and downtown Brevard. We will take the main trail up to Burl Mountain at the top of the preserve before returning to the trailhead via the Brushy Creek Trail. Bracken Preserve connects with trails off Highway 276 such as the Art Loeb Trail, Cat Gap Loop, John Rock, and others.

We will depart at 9:30 am. Estimated return time to the parking lot is 2:15 pm.

SVM Members Hike #4 – Monday, March 11, 2024

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Green River Game Lands – Saluda, NC: This 5.5 moderate hike with an elevation gain of 1,000 feet will take us through the portions of the Green River Game Lands via the Pulliam Creek, Rock Hop, and Bear Branch Trails with an option for a side trail down into the narrows of the Green River. Originally established following the creation of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission in 1947, this 14,000+ acre tract located 15 minutes southeast from downtown Hendersonville surrounds the Green River Gorge and features steep rugged terrain, dense forests, and numerous tributaries to the Green River. The river is home to the world’s largest extreme kayak race, The Green River Narrows Race.

We will meet at 10:30 am. Estimated return time to the parking lot is 4:00 pm.

SVM Members Hike #5 – Monday, April 15, 2024

SVM Members Hike #6 – Wednesday, May 22, 2024