Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed - West Side, Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, Saturday, 07. November 2020
About this Event
Join us on this exclusive historic driving tour of the west side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. The caravan will stop for participants to view the impressive chimney that was once part of a large boarding house where travelers on their way to Mt. Mitchell would stay before they began the ascent to the highest peak in eastern North America. The tour will also stop at the former entrance to Governor Zebulon Vance's estate, Gombroon, as well as the Gombroon wall. Following that, we will pass the Left Hand Fork Intake and head to the Dan Burnett Place. The tour will end with the ruins of Gombroon – to include the foundation, heart-shaped pool, the spring house, and the McGinnis Cabin.
Difficulty: Moderate; There will be some walking on rough terrain. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.
Pack: Please bring your lunch, snacks, and a drink. This is primarily a driving tour, but you may also want to bring a full water bottle, a hat, hiking poles, rain gear, and any personal medications you may need in a small day pack. You may bring a camera to take photographs for personal (non-commercial) use.
Vehicles: We will provide transportation, but if you would prefer to drive your own (4WD) vehicle, please let us know by email after registering.