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. 

Presentation on the birds of the Sax Zim Bog

05/04/2018 6:00 pm
US/Eastern

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 saxzim.org.  The bog is

High Peaks Holds Two Mt Mitchell Hikes April 28

04/08/2018 8:30 am
US/Eastern

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for one of two adventurous hikes on Mt. Mitchell on Saturday, April 28. The hikes have been repeatedly postponed due to weather and road closures.

The strenuous hike will start at the Black Mountain Campground and climb 6 miles and 3,700 feet to the summit of the East’s highest peak, while the easier hike will start at the Mt. Mitchell State Park Ranger office and proceed about 4.3 miles to the summit, climbing about 700 feet.

NC High Peaks Board Meeting, Thursday, April 19

04/19/2018 9:00 am
US/Eastern

All members and the public are welcome to join the NC High Peaks Board of Directors for our next meeting on Thursday, April 19 at 9 am.  We will be meeting upstairs at Appalachian Java on West Main St. The next few weeks will be very busy with hikes in the Celo Community and the Black Mountains, volunteer opportunities on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mount Mitchell State Park and more.  We will update all these topics on Thursday.

Spend Earth Day Volunteering at Mt. Mitchell State Park Apr 22

04/22/2018 10:00 am
US/Eastern

Celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22nd high atop the tallest mountain in the Eastern U.S. by joining in a spring clean-up work day at Mount Mitchell State Park.

Any and all are invited to help remove trash and metal from an old dump site on Commissary Ridge near the junction of the park’s two most popular hiking trails, the Commissary Trail and the Mount Mitchell Trail.

Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, sturdy footwear, snacks, water, lunch and layers of clothing because temperatures on Mt. Mitchell can often be surprisingly cold.

High Peaks Leads Celo-Area Hike April 21

04/21/2018 9:00 am
US/Eastern

Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for a special treat April 21 as long-time South Toe hiker Randy Raskin leads a five-mile jaunt around the Celo Community. This mostly flat hike should come as Spring is fully upon us.

The hike is rated as moderate and will proceed through pastures, woodlands, old road beds and creek-side trails. If the weather is clear it should offer some of the best views of the Black Mountains available in the South Toe River valley.

Birding and Hike to Green Knob Fire Tower

04/14/2018 8:00 am
04/14/2018 12:00 pm
US/Eastern

Attention: Hikers and Birders!

We will have the opportunity to observe migrating birds from the deck of the Green Knob Fire Tower on Saturday, April 14.   The tower will be open from 8-Noon.  The spring migration should be well under way by then and the weather should be getting springy as well. 

High Peaks Birders Host Open House at Green Knob Fire Tower April 14

04/14/2018 8:00 am
04/14/2018 12:00 pm
US/Eastern

Join the High Peaks Birders for a special treat on Saturday, April 14 when they host an open house at the Green Knob Fire Tower off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The tower – normally locked and inaccessible – will be open to all comers from 8 a.m. until Noon.

High Peaks Holds Two Mt Mitchell Hikes April 28

04/28/2018 8:30 am
US/Eastern

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for one of two adventurous hikes on Mt. Mitchell on Saturday, April 28. The hikes have been repeatedly postponed due to weather and road closures.

The strenuous hike will start at the Black Mountain Campground and climb 6 miles and 3,700 feet to the summit of the East’s highest peak, while the easier hike will start at the Mt. Mitchell State Park Ranger office and proceed about 4.3 miles to the summit, climbing about 700 feet.

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