SSwannanoa Rim Explorer TM
An exclusive program of the Swannanoa Valley Museum
Eleven hikes. One year. A truly unique opportunity for hikers hungry for challenge, adventure, and an in-depth understanding of the rich heritage that lies within the Swannanoa Valley.
The Swannanoa Valley Museum’s exclusive Swannanoa Rim Explorer™ hiking series offers twelve hikes that will take place the third Saturday of each month of 2011. Each hike will cover a portion of the approximately 31 miles of the Swannanoa Rim, which runs from Jesse’s High Top, across Lakey Gap, over Ridgecrest and Montreat, up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and down to Cedar Cliff above Camp Rockmont. These hikes will be led by experienced hikers who are also extremely knowledgeable about the history, topography, and ownership of the land.
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All Rim Hikes meet at 8:00 AM at the Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E. State Street, on the third Saturday of the month.
Hikers will be issued a “Passport to the Swannanoa Rim” on their first hike, which will be validated at the completion of each segment. Special awards will go to those completing the full course the first year. There will be snow/rain makeup days, and the program is planned to extend into 2012 for those who wish to complete the course but who are unable to make it in the 2011 calendar year.
Recommended for experienced hikers, the hikes in this series will be strenuous and at times will require bushwhacking. Participation in each hike will be limited to 30 hikers plus the Museum team. The cost for each hike is $25 for Museum members, $45 for non-members. Those wishing to secure reservations on all 12 hikes may do so by paying in advance, and they will receive a 10% discount.
An orientation meeting for hikers interested in participating in the Swannanoa Rim Adventure™ hiking series will be held on Thursday, January 6 at 7 pm in the Conference Room at the Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E. State St., Black Mountain. The first hike will be Feb. 19. Reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call the Museum, 828-669-9566, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to reserve a place on the hikes.