Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 8 historic destinations throughout the year. This hike focuses on the history of Montreat, which was founded in 1897 by Rev. John Collins. The remnants of the Montreat hydroelectric facilities
that were constructed in 1913 and in use until 1947 are visible on this moderate, 3-mile hike. There is an optional 3/4 mile difficult section at the end to also see the holding ponds above the campground.
Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time: 9:00AM
Estimated Return Time: 1:00PM
Difficulty: Moderate, 3 miles