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.
Start your New Year off right by joining the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association Jan. 1 for a brisk adventure climbing Moody Mountain and exploring lands recently added to Mt. Mitchell State Park.
This outing will be part of the annual statewide “First Day Hikes” sponsored by the NC Department of Parks and Recreation and held in state parks across North Carolina to promote physical fitness and outdoor activities.
State officials have awarded the NC High Peaks Trail Association a $60,000 grant to rebuild a badly-eroded section of the Mt. Mitchell Trail, one of the most popular and iconic hiking trails in the Eastern U.S.
Along with the grant, the club announced a fund-raising campaign to create a permanently endowed fund to cover short-term expenses for the project and other future projects like it. The fund will pay expenses as they come in, while the grant – and hopefully future grants - will replenish the fund for a new round of trail projects.
The NC High Peaks Trail Association has taken on new duties by agreeing to serve as the Crabtree Falls Chapter of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Volunteers will maintain hiking trails and overlooks on the Parkway from near Linville Falls (MM 316) to just north of Craggy Gardens (MM 363).
Take a holiday break and work off some of those extra pounds by joining the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a very challenging hike up Woody Ridge on Dec. 3. This hike is the steepest, shortest route up to the crest of the Black Mountains and is only for experienced hikers in good condition.
Hikers will meet on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. and carpool to the trailhead. Bring lunch, plenty of water, warm clothes and hiking poles if you have them. Leashed dogs are allowed on the hike.
Join us for our last birding stroll of the year. This is always a fun count with people working off a little of that holiday overeating. The trail at the high school winds through the woods and down by the Cane River. There is some good sparrow habitat where we hope to find late fall species.
This is our third year in a row conducting the CBC in Yancey County. We encourage everyone, young and old, expert and beginner, to join us in this citizen/science project. This year we are expanding the count to include more of the county and can use all the help we can get.
Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for a fun hike at spectacular Grandfather Mountain on Saturday, Nov. 5. This loop hike will follow the Tanawa Trail to the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, then up to Flat Rock View spot where the group should be treated to nice views during lunch. The trek will continue down Cragway to the Nuwati Trail and finally loop back to the Tanawa Trail and the starting point.
The hike is rated as moderate in difficulty with a total distance of 4.5 miles.
Plan to join NC High Peaks as we taste the first wine of the season at Burnsville Wine and... on Saturday, November 19 from 4 to 6 pm. This annual tradition is a fun way to learn more about the club, study maps and upcoming hiking schedules, browse club merchandise for sale, while enjoying snacks and sips of the first Beaujolais of the season.