Hiking in the Black Mountains and Toe River Valley near Burnsville, North Carolina is a very rewarding experience. The area has a wide variety of terrain to explore ranging from lush river valleys to majestic mountain ridges. At 6,684 foot elevation, Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi.
The High Peaks Trail Association will lead one of its most challenging – and rewarding – hikes of the year when the club takes on the Black Mountain Crest Trail on Saturday, Oct. 10. The outing will be followed by a pot luck supper and party in the Cattail Community.
The 8-mile jaunt will begin at Mt. Mitchell, proceed down to Deep Gap and then descend steeply to the Cattail Community. Only seasoned hikers should consider joining because the 3,000-foot descent will be tough on the knees.
The High Peaks Birders monthly stroll will be held on Sunday, September 20, at 9 am. We will meet at Cane River Park for an easy walk around the park and along the river. This month we will focus our attention on fall migrants. What will we find in the Cane River Valley? We don’t know, although there are many possibilities. Please note the new starting time and join us as we discover what is coming through.
The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association invites members and the public to its annual meeting at 3 p.m. onSunday, Sept. 27 at the Education Center at Mt. Mitchell State Park. Transportation will be provided to and from Burnsville and light refreshments served as the club promotes its role as the official Friends of Mt. Mitchell State Park organization.
Join High Peaks on Saturday, Sept. 19 for some early fall color on the Big Butt Trail. This challenging, 5.6-mile trek descends about 1,500 feet from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Balsam Gap to Cane River Gap. The hike features a few significant climbs, including a long stairway up Little Butt, but offers a spectacular view of the Black Mountain chain.
Please join High Peaks for a work day in the Black Mountain Campground area on Saturday. We will finish weed-eating trails in the area and do some lopping. Meet the crew in Burnsville at 8:20 or across from the campground at the kiosk at 9 AM. Bring loppers if you have them. Please let me know if you can join the crew by e-mailing me at email@example.com.
Please join the High Peaks Board for our regular meeting this Thursday at 9 AM. We will be meeting upstairs at Appalachian Java on West Main Street in Burnsville. We will have two special guests from the Wilderness Society joining us.
Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association Sunday, Aug. 23 for an easy stroll near Neal’s Creek and the Black Mountain Campground. The jaunt will follow a newly-built section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail recently completed by club volunteers, and will end at a 30-foot rustic bridge constructed by volunteers to span the rushing mountain stream.