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. 

High Peaks Hosts Informational Meeting on Forest Service Management Plan Dec. 3

12/03/2015 6:00 pm

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.

NC High Peaks Board Meeting Thursday, November 19

11/19/2015 9:00 am

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 Hosts Wine Tasting Friday, Nov. 20

11/20/2015 3:00 pm
11/20/2015 6:00 pm

Celebrate the first taste of the 2015 wine harvest by joining the High Peaks Trail Association for a Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at Burnsville Wine and...

This free event is open to the public and will be held at 525 West Main Street in the cozy confines of Burnsville’s premiere wine shop. Light snacks will be provided.

Christmas Bird Count


     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:  

High Peaks Elects New Officers and Announces 2016 Hikes

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.

High Peaks Tackles Mountains-to-Sea Trail- Postponed to Saturday, Nov 14

11/14/2015 8:30 am

MST bridge

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.

NC High Peaks Board Meeting Thursday, October 22

10/22/2015 9:00 am

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.

OWLS Meeting

12/01/2015 9:00 am

OWLS MEETING All are welcome to our next planning meeting on Tuesday December 1 at Appalachian Java, 9 am.

Birding Stroll at Cane River Park

11/28/2015 10:00 am

     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.

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