Swannanoa Valley Museum launches 2015 Rim Hike series

Beginning in March, the Swannanoa Valley Museum will launch the sixth year of its Rim Hike Series, which features 11 hikes across the ridges and peaks surrounding the Swannanoa River valley in North Carolina.

The series sprang from museum founder Harriet Styles‘ popular wildflower hikes along many of these same paths. After Styles passed away, the museum decided to continue the tradition and expand it to include various portions of the rim surrounding Swannanoa, Black Mountain, Ridgecrest and Montreat.

“It was a way to remember and commemorate her,” says Museum Director Christina Ruiz. “The Rim Series hikes are our way of bringing history to life outside the museum.”

The series will begin on Saturday, March 7, with a hike starting at Camp Rockmont for Boys, ascending to Cedar Cliff and “The Garden of Eden” — famous for its abundance of sunbathing serpents in the warmer months — before returning to the camp. Subsequent hikes will be held on the third Saturday of each month.

Proceeds from the price of admission to the hikes will go to funding the Swannanoa Valley Museum, which seeks to “preserve and interpret the social, cultural and natural history of the Swannanoa Valley.” Admission rates, a schedule of the hikes and other relevant hiker info can be found at the Rim Hike webpage.

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