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. 

Help plant a bird garden at the Western Residence!

06/22/2018 9:00 am
06/22/2018 12:00 pm

Help plant a bird garden at the Western Residence!

Friday, June 22 - 9 am to noon

45 Patton Mountain Rd, Asheville, NC 28804


First Lady of NC Kristin Cooper is a big fan of the birds, and with the help of Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, Audubon NC is expanding our bird-friendly gardening at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh to the Western Residence in Asheville. Please join the fun and help get plants in the ground!


Big Bald Vacation Bird School 2018

07/09/2018 8:30 am
07/13/2018 4:00 pm

Big Bald Vacation Bird School 2018: July 9-13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Teaching with the Birds of Big Bald

07/21/2018 9:00 am
07/21/2018 2:00 pm

Teaching with the Birds of Big Bald – Saturday, July 21, 2018, 9am-2pm, at Big Bald Mountain (25 minutes north of Mars Hill, NC)

High Peaks Birders Host Slide Show June 8

06/08/2018 6:00 pm

Join the High Peaks Birders for a fun and educational slide presentation on Friday, June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Yancey County Public Library.

Local resident Steve Buettner, an avid naturalist and professional photographer, will narrate a presentation of his work showing wading birds in breeding plumage at a rookery in Florida. The show will include various egrets, herons, spoonbills and wood storks on nests with their young.

High Peaks Leads Two Hikes for National Trails Day June 2

06/02/2018 8:30 am

Celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2 by joining the NC High Peaks Trail Association for one of two hikes near Mt. Mitchell.

A strenuous hike of 4.6 miles will climb 6,320-foot Blackstock Knob as hikers go from Mt. Mitchell Road off the Blue Ridge Parkway to Walker Knob Overlook. This hike will involve a climb of around 1,000 feet but offers tremendous views from the high ridge.


NC High Peaks Board Meeting, Thursday, May 17 at United Community Bank

05/17/2018 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, May 17 at 9 am.  We will be meetin in a new location, the community room at Untied Community Bank which is on the corner of US 19E and NC 197N. We will review all our recent hikes, workdays and other topics.  Please join us if you can.

Join High Peaks for a Mt. Mitchell Hike May 5

05/05/2018 8:30 am

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a fun hike May 5 from the summit of Mt. Mitchell down to an historic railroad grade that once carried timber and tourists from the highest peak in the eastern U.S.

Presentation on the birds of the Sax Zim Bog

05/04/2018 6:00 pm

Jack Kaeck will give a slide presentation on the birds of the Sax Zim Bog.  This mature bog is important wintering habitat for Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, White-winged Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, Common Redpoll and Hoary Redpoll.  Particular attention is given to the habitat of both the three-toed and the black-backed woodpeckers.  Great Grey owls and martens (weasel family) are also considered.  To read more about the bog, go to  The bog is

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