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 Leads Bird-Watching Stroll Saturday, Nov. 29

11/29/2014 9:00 am

Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a birding stroll at Cane River Park on Nov. 29. This park offers the opportunity to see a wide variety of species, including mammals, so bring binoculars if you have them and even an extra pair to share. Please dress for the weather – we’ll be going rain or shine.

Something New from High Peaks: Thursday Hikes


For those who aren’t getting enough time on the trail, High Peaks will now be leading Thursday hikes that will be more ambitious and challenging than many of our monthly outings.

The first adventure comes this Thursday Nov. 20 with an assault on Roan Mountain. The group will start at Hughes Gap and climb 2,000 feet up Roan Mountain before descending to Carver’s Gap for a total hike distance of 7.5 miles. Clearly this hike deserves the rating of “most difficult.”

High Peaks Trail Maintenance Day on Thursday November 20

11/20/2014 9:00 am

Please join High Peaks for our next trail workday on Thursday, Novermber 20.  We will be working on our MST trail reloaction near Black Mountain Campground.  Meet at the kiosk across from the campground at 9 AM.  Be sure to wear layers and work boots and bring gloves, lunch, water, and snacks.  Please let John Whitehouse know if you can join the crew by clicking on the signup tab below, e-mailing, or calling 682-3217.  Last minute volunteers are always welcome too!

Big Bald Stroll Sunday, Nov. 23 now CANCELLED

11/23/2014 1:00 pm

Due to the weather forecast calling for 100% chance of rain on Sunday, the scheduled stroll to Big Bald is now CANCELLED.




Join the High Peaks Trail Association Nov. 23 for an easy stroll offering spectacular views from the summit of Big Bald.

High Peaks Hosts Wine Tasting Sat, Nov. 22

11/22/2014 3:00 pm
11/22/2014 6:00 pm

Celebrate the first taste of the 2014 wine harvest by joining the High Peaks Trail Association for a Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 22  at Burnsville Wine and...

This free event is open to the public and will be held at 525 West Main Street in the cozy confines of Burnsville’s premiere wine shop. Light snacks will be provided. 

High Peaks Leads Bald Knob Ridge Hike Saturday, Nov. 15

11/15/2014 8:30 am

Join the High Peaks Trail Association Nov. 15 for a moderate hike from the Blue Ridge Parkway down the Bald Knob Ridge Trail. This 2.8-mile jaunt will be all downhill, so bring your hiking poles and sturdy boots as the autumn leaves may be a bit slippery.

Hikers should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. We will shuttle to the trailhead in a Yancey County Transportation Van for a donation of $5 per hiker. Pets are not allowed on the vans so if you want to bring your leashed dog you must provide your own transportation.

High Peaks Board Meeting on THURSDAY, November 13

11/13/2014 9:00 am

Please join us at 9 AM on Thursday, November 13 for our regular Board Meeting   All members and visitors are welcome.  Location: Appalachian Java on West Main St. in Burnsville.  Come share a cup of coffee and see what we're up to!  We always welcome input on our hiking and trail maintenance activities.  This month we will continue planning our hike schedule for 2015.

Trail Maintenance on Friday October 31

10/31/2014 9:30 am

Please join us a Black Mountain Campground for trail maintenance activites on Friday, October 31.  This will be the first of two days in the campground area (see separate announcement for Saturday, Nov. 1)  We hope to finish the new MST relocation nearby and perhaps accopmplish some other tasks.

High Peaks Trail Work Day Set for Nov. 1

11/01/2014 10:00 am

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association invites hikers and outdoors lovers to a work day on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail near the Black Mountain Campground on Nov. 1, to be followed by an Appreciation Cook-out provided by the U.S. Forest Service’s Appalachian Ranger District.

Volunteers should assemble at the trailhead kiosk across from the entrance to the Black Mountain Campground at 10 a.m. Please bring sturdy boots, work gloves and warm clothes. Tools will be provided. The crew will be working a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail that runs from the campground to Neal’s Creek.

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