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WNCHA Outdoor Experiences: Big Ivy Historical Park

09/25/2021 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association Saturday, September 25 at 11am as we tour the Big Ivy Historical Park.

NOTE: The planned hiking portion of this outing to Little Snowball Mountain is suspended unless road access and trail conditions improve. As of 9/1/21, we plan to offer only the tour of the historical park with interpretation there.

Buncombe County’s Big Ivy region is a special place. Hemmed in by mountains and, more recently, national forest land, this valley which encompasses the communities of Barnardsville and Dillingham provides a chance to look at bigger trends in western North Carolina history, including perceptions of isolation versus connectivity, changing economies, and even the later influence of the CCC and federal land agencies. We will tour the Big Ivy Historical Park, former home to a CCC camp which constructed the Little Snowball Mountain fire tower. The tower once overlooked Big Ivy but now resides in the historic park.


Date and Time: Sat, September 25—11AM – 2PM

Location: Big Ivy Historical Park (550 Dillingham Rd, Barnardsville, NC 28709)

Difficulty Level: The Big Ivy Historical Park stop is easily accessible.

What to Bring: Beverage and bagged lunch or snacks, mask.


Covid Precautions:

Safety is the highest priority of this event. No hike is guaranteed to be safe, and no outing during Covid is either. To minimize risks, we will require participants to abide by these guidelines. Failure to adhere may result in cancellation or a participant being asked to leave.

  • Participants must sign a waiver in advance virtually via Google Forms: https://forms.gle/BNB2rAb9mjtgmPQD6
  • We are limited to 25 participants total for each hike
  • Nobody with visible symptoms will be allowed. Those who feel unwell or feel they may have been exposed are asked not to attend. Refunds are available.
  • Mask usage is encouraged when participants are close together or inside buildings.
  • Social distancing is encouraged while we hike.

Rain Date:

Unless the weather is heavily rainy or presents another severe challenge, the hike will proceed. If we have to reschedule, participants will be notified by phone/email by 8pm the evening prior, and a new date will be announced in short order.

Outing Leaders:

Trevor Freeman is the public programs director for the Western North Carolina Historical Association. He is a native of Rutherford County and a proud alumnus of Appalachian State University. He also has an MA in American History from East Carolina University. He is especially interested in environmental and and American Revolutionary War history, and anything to do with western North Carolina.

Tickets: Free. If you are able please consider making a donation along with your ticket purchase. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets to other events at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise.

Questions/concerns? Email Trevor Freeman at [email protected]

(Image courtesy Big Ivy Historical Park)


11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA)
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Big Ivy Historical Park
550 Dillingham Rd
Barnardsville, NC 28709 United States
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