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. 

Notes from 2018 Annual Meeting

Click on each of the following links to view the slide presentation from the Annual Meeting.

Birding Stroll

High Peaks Birders will lead a Birding Stroll at the Mountain Heritage High School on Saturday November 17th beginning at 8am.  Please bring your binoculars, and dress for the weather, we will bird rain or shine only cancelling if morning travel conditions are dangerous. 

We will bird along the 1.5 mile Cougar Walking Trail.  Meet us in the upper parking lot, to the right of the guard house, near the disk golf trailhead.

Join High Peaks for Scenic & Historic Hikes Nov. 17 (Rescheduled from Nov. 10)

Join High Peaks for Scenic & Historic Hikes Nov. 17 (RESCHEDULED from Nov. 10)! Please see information below.

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Sat., Nov. 17 for one of two hikes along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, with both hikes including a visit to the ruins of the historic Rattlesnake Lodge near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The High Peaks Bird of the Month: Kirtland’s Warbler

This fall birders were lucky to see a Kirtland's warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) at Ridge Junction on the Blue Ridge Parkway where the Mt. Mitchell State Park road heads diverges. Nearly extinct in the 1970’s, when only around 500 individuals were known to exist, it had increased in numbers to an estimated 5000 by 2016.

Jason Project Seeks Hike Leaders

We are subscribers to the NC High Peaks Trail Association  and greatly enjoy reading about the wonderful hikes that your group takes in the Western Carolina area !!    As avid hikers who love the outdoors, we thought that some of you might be interested in knowing about our hiking project for at-risk kids which takes place at Grandfather Mountain.

Open House at Green Knob Fire Tower on WEDNESDAY, October 24

Due to a forecast of rain and possibly snow on Friday and rain on Saturday we will be opening the fire tower on WEDNESDAY, October 24.  The leaves are starting to "pop" at higher elevations so it should be a beautiful day for "leaf peeping".  Hope you can join us!

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a special treat on Wednesday, October 24 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 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

High Peaks Leads Challenging Crest Trail Hike Oct. 13

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will lead one of its most challenging – and rewarding – hikes of the year when the club takes on the Black Mountain Crest Trail on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the peak of the high elevation leaf color season. The outing will be followed by a pot luck supper  in the Cattail Community.

Outdoor Author Randy Johnson Keynotes High Peaks Annual Meeting Oct. 6

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association as the club holds its annual meeting at the Yancey County Library on Saturday October 6 starting at 10 a.m.   Light refreshments will be served.  The meeting will end by noon.  

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