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.
Join the High Peaks Birders for this month’s birding stroll on Saturday August 27th at Cane River Park. We will meet at 9am in the main parking lot near the kiosk and walk along the fields and into the woods by the river. Bring binoculars, and dress for the weather. Birding will happen rain or shine if at all possible. All skill levels from beginner to expert are welcome. For more information call 828-682-3733. As always this event is free and open to the public.
Please join the High Peaks Board for our regular meeting at 9 AM on Thursday, August 25 at Appalachian Java on West Main St. Hiking, trail maintenance and projects will be on the agenda. We will also have a report on final preparations for the Centennial Celebration of Mount Mitchell State Park scheduled for weekend of August 27/28. Come share a cup of coffee with us!
Be a part of history and join the NC High Peaks Trail Association to celebrate the Centennial of Mount Mitchell State Park by taking a loop hike around Mt. Mitchell on Sunday, August 28. This 6-mile jaunt is rated as moderately strenuous, but should offer tremendous views from the highest peaks in the Eastern U.S.
CHANGE IN PLANS. Big Butt hike on Saturday- Weather looks OK however we do not have enough hikers to warrant a van. Therefore we will do an in and out hike from Walker Knob Overlook to Little Butt and possibly Big Butt. Meeting times are the same. We will carpool from the Town Square at 8:30 and meet any additional hikers around 9:45 at Walker Knob Overlook. Bring rain gear just in case!
Come visit the High Peaks booth during this years Mount Mitchell Craft Fair. The fair will run from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday August 5 and Saturday August 6. We will be on the square next to the Burnsville Chamber's tent. Come by and chat about our mountains and trails, pick up some free literature and take a look at High Peaks T-shirts and other merchandise for sale.
Please join the High Peaks Board for our regular meeting at 9 AM on Thursday, July 21 at Appalachian Java on West Main St. Hiking, trail maintenance and projects will be on the agenda. We will also have a report on preparations for the Centennial Celebration of Mount Mitchell State Park scheduled for the last weekend in August. Come share a cup of coffee with us!
Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for a mid-summer challenge Saturday, July 2 as the group takes on a strenuous 12-mile loop hike along the western flanks and crest of the Black Mountains.
Hikers will meet at the Cattail Community Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m.and carpool several miles to their starting point. The hike will proceed to the abandoned Isom Mica Mine, then along an old railroad grade, up to Celo Knob, along the Black Mountain Crest Trail to Deep Gap and back down to the starting point.
The next OWLS meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, 9 am at Appalachian Java. Call 682-3733 to confirm the date if you plan to attend. We will be discussing doing an event with the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institution as well as planning for a Swift Night Out.