Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Hikes-Charles D. Owen and Warren Wilson Hike

  • Wed, Oct 18, 2023 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Charles D. Owen Park

    875 Warren Wilson Road
    Swannanoa, North Carolina 28778
Ticket Price Free This event is now over

Have you been wanting try a local hike, but don’t know where to begin? Join Buncombe County Parks & Recreation for scenic morning hikes close to home this fall. This Hike Series is a free four-pack of popular treks lead by Parks and Recreation Staff on weekday mornings. Explorers of all skill levels are invited to experience the fun of one hike, all four or somewhere in between. Space is limited to 15 hikers and advanced registration is necessary. 

We will begin our hike at Charles D. Owen park parking lot where we will do a quick icebreaker and get prepped for the hike (we will have water and a few snacks available) PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE TO FILL UP.

This hike runs along the pristine Swannanoa river. In addition to the river, there will be sightings of gorgeous rock formations, a rhododendron forest, flowers and a breathtaking bamboo forest. With ample natural shade from the surrounding hardwoods, guests will stay cool while walking along the mostly flat dirt trail.   

 Difficulty level: Beginner to intermediate.  

Length: 5.3 miles  

Elevation gain: 118 feet  

What to Bring Hiking

  • Daypack or backpack
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (The temperature and wind can change with elevation, so moisture-wicking shirts and layers are recommended.)
  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Water
  • Trail snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunglasses (optional)
  • Hat or bandana (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Compass (optional)
  • Whistle (optional)
  • Knife or multi-tool (optional)
  • First aid kit (optional)
Date & Time

Wed, Oct 18, 2023 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Venue Details

Charles D. Owen Park

875 Warren Wilson Road
Swannanoa, North Carolina 28778 Charles D. Owen Park
Buncombe County Recreation Services
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