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.
The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will host an informational meeting on the U.S. Forest Service’s revision of its Management Plan and the plan’s impact on Yancey County’s Black Mountain Range on Thurs., Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the Yancey County Library.
High Peaks board member Jake Blood will give a presentation on how the Forest Service currently manages the Black Mountains and how the revisions to the plan may impact the Black Mountains and Yancey County.
Please join the High Peaks Borad for our regular Board meeting at 9 AM on Thursday, Nov. 19 at Appalachian Java on West Main St. This will be the first meeting of the newly elected Board and officers. Topics will include the hiking schedule for next year. Come share a cup of coffee and see what we have planned!
High Peaks Birders will once again host the 2015 Christmas Bird Count. The count is open to people of all levels of experience, from expert to beginner. You have the option of counting in the field or on your own backyard feeder.
This citizen-science project has been organized by Audubon for over 100 years. Last year we counted 51 species, a good showing for winter birds in the mountains. To sign up or for more information, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association Board of Directors recently elected new officers for the 2015-2016 hiking season. Dennis Smith agreed to serve as President, Bob Williams as Vice President, Susan Weller as Treasurer and Nancy Fitzgibbon, a newly elected Board Member, as Secretary. Other Board Members include Jake Blood, Robert Branch and Mike Williams.
Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a moderate hike Nov. 14 along a pleasant section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The seven-mile hike will start at Buck Creek Gap, where Highway 80 crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway, and end at the Black Mountain Campground.
Please join the High Peaks Board for our regular meeting this Thursday at 9 AM. We will be meeting upstairs at Appalachian Java on West Main Street in Burnsville. We will be welcoming a new Board member and discussing plans for events in 2016.
This late in November many bird species have found their way far to the south in the U.S., as well as Mexico, Central America, and South America, What will we find along the Cane River? We have an active population of year round birds that will take us through the winter, including several species of woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina, chick-a-dee, tufted titmouse, northern cardinal, yellow-rumped warbler, great blue heron, blue bird and many more. Last year we found a very late migrant, rose-breasted gross beak, just a mile away from the park.