Come join us explore the majestic Black Mountains and scenic Toe River Valley of Western North Carolina

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. 

High Peaks Explores Lost Cove April 4

04/04/2015 8:30 am

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will lead hikers into the historic abandoned community of Lost Cove on Saturday, April 4. Settled during or shortly after the Civil War, Lost Cove is nestled above the Nolichucky River, and can only be reached on foot.

This strenuous hike of about 7.5 miles will descend about 1,200 feet in elevation to visit the Lost Cove ruins, buildings and cemetery, followed by a 1,200-foot climb back to our starting point. 

High Peaks Hosts Trail Opening, Cook-out, Work Weekend and Stroll

03/20/2015 10:00 am
03/22/2015 3:00 pm

After a year of hard work by volunteers, the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will celebrate the opening of a new section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail with a ceremony and cook-out at the Black Mountain Campground at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. The event will be part of a three-day work weekend in which volunteers are invited to help clear the campground’s trails in preparation for the summer season.

High Peaks Board Meeting on THURSDAY, March 19- New change due to weather

03/19/2015 9:00 am

Because the weather forecast is for cool and rainy tomorrow, we're changing the board meeting back to its regular time and location-- 9 am at Appalachian Java in Burnsville. All members are welcome to attend!

High Peaks Leads Hike with Great Views Saturday, March 7

03/07/2015 8:30 am

Join High Peaks for a high altitude hike in Madison County Saturday, March 7 when the club tackles a section of the Appalachian Trail that crosses a spectacular high ridge known as Firescald. Stunning long-range views in all directions should greet hikers.

High Peaks Trail Maintenance Day on Saturday February 28 CAMCELED

02/28/2015 8:30 pm

OK, I give up, the weather has us beat!  No trail work this Saturday (tomorrow).  Mike took a ride out that way and there is still plenty of snow.  Some of it is melting or slushy but will turn to ice tonight with cold temps expected.  For those of you on the CMC Monday Crew we may try on Monday but rain is forecast.  Look for a separate e-mail on that.

High Peaks Leads Stroll at Mountain Heritage Sunday, Feb. 22

02/22/2015 1:00 pm

If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to start an exercise program, the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association offers the perfect introduction with an easy stroll at Mountain Heritage High School on Feb. 22.

High Peaks Leads Hike on Roan Mountain Sat., Feb. 7

02/07/2015 8:30 am

Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a mid-winter hike at Roan Mountain on Saturday, Feb. 7.  This five-mile jaunt of moderate difficulty will offer spectacular views from one of the region’s signature peaks.

High Peaks Trail Maintenance Day on Saturday January 31

01/31/2015 9:15 am

Please join High Peaks for our first monthly trail maintenance day of the year.  We have several projects planned around Black Mountain Campground including final preparations for opening our new MST relo, beginning relocation of a portion of the Devil's Den trail, and starting the spring clearing of the hiking trails around the campground.  Meet at the kiosk across from the campground at 9:15.  Anyone interesting in carpooling can meet John on the north side of the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30.  Bring water, lunch, gloves, and trail tools (if you have them).

N. C. High Peaks Birding Stroll Set for Saturday, Jan. 31

01/31/2015 9:00 am

Join the N. C. High Peaks Trail Association birding stroll near the Black Mountain Campground at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31. 

The group will investigate the deer fields and nearby forested land, looking for a variety of winter birds.  Recently this location has yielded several species, including many woodpeckers, nut hatch, titmouse, chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet, and the elusive hermit thrush.

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