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. 

NC High Peaks Board Meeting, Thursday, March 15

03/15/2018 9:00 am

All members of High Peaks and the public are welcome to join us at our monthly Board Meeting this Thrusday at 9 a.m. at Appalachian Jave.  Discussions will include planned hikes, trail maintenance including our annual trail cleanup at Black Mountain Campground (March 30 & 31), our plans for upgrading our weather station and adding webcams at Mount Mitchell State Park and other topics.  Hope you can join us!

High Peaks Leads Two Mt. Mitchell Hikes POSTPONED to March 24

03/24/2018 8:30 am

We have postponed this hike one week to Saturday, March 24 due to the closure of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Sorry for the inconvenience!  All other details remain the same.

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for one of two adventurous hikes on Mt. Mitchell on Saturday, March 24. Both hikes will offer tremendous views from the summit of the East’s highest mountain.

High Peaks Board Meeting, Thursday January 11

01/11/2018 9:00 am

All members and the public are welcome to join the NC High Peaks Board of Directors for our next meeting on Thursday, January 11 at 9 am.  We will be meeting upstairs at Appalachian Java on West Main St.  Topics include hike and trail maintenance planning as well as activities related to Mt. Michell Satate Park are the Blue Ridge Parkway.

“First Day” Hike up Moody Mountain CANCELLED due to icy conditions

01/01/2018 10:00 am

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 that are planned to be 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.

Hike POSTPONED due to weather!

12/16/2017 8:30 am

The AT hikes scheduled for this Saturday have been postponed until Saturday, Dec. 16 due to the weather forecast.  All other details are the samw.  See previous announcement.

Join High Peaks in the Burnsville Christmas Parade!

12/02/2017 2:45 pm

Calling all HP members! For the first time in memory (at least in my memory) Mt. Mitchell State Park will have a float in this Saturdays's Christmas parade! Grab your High Peaks T-shirt and join us as we walk along the parade route with the float! Meet the float on West Main St. near the Blue Ridge Fitness Center around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday. The theme is hiking and camping in the Park.

High Peaks Leads Two Appalachian Trail Hikes Dec. 9

12/09/2017 8:30 am

High Peaks Leads Two Appalachian Trail Hikes Dec. 9

Join High Peaks for our final hikes of 2017 on Saturday December 9 when the club concludes our sequential hikes along the Appalachian Trail that started near Banner Elk in February.

NC High Peaks Board Meeting, Thursday November 30

11/30/2017 9:00 am

Please join High Peaks for our regularly scheduled Board meeting on Thursday, November 30 at 9:00 AM upstairs at Appalachian Java.  All members are welcome to attend. Topics include the just completed financial review for fiscal yesr 2017, our 2018 budget and a report from the annual meeting of the Friends of the Blud Ridge Parkway  We will also finalize our hike schedule for 2018.

Christmas Bird Count


       It’s time, it’s time, for the High Peaks Audubon Christmas Bird Count!    The date is Saturday December 16th.

Teams are forming now, so if you’re able to, you can join us either in the field counting with one of the teams; or at home from your feeder(s) if you live within the count circle.  The CBC is an all day event. However, if you can only commit to a half day, you're still welcome to join us.  Please contact Russ ASAP at 828/682-4199.

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