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 Tackles Black Mountain Crest Trail Oct. 1

10/01/2016 8:30 am

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. 1, at the peak of the high elevation leaf color season. The outing will be followed by a pot luck supper and party in the Cattail Community.

Visit Us at Old Timey Day this Saturday, September 24

09/24/2016 10:00 am
09/24/2016 4:00 pm

Old Timey Day in Burnsville is this Saturday, September 24 from 10 am to 4 pm. The NC High Peaks booth will be located at the East end of the square. Our booth will be loaded with T-shirts, maps, beer mugs, pint glasses, wine glasses, and sun catchers/Christmas tree ornaments. This will also be a great opportunity for you to renew your membership if you haven't yet done so.

Stop by and visit with us. We'll have information on our upcoming hikes, trail maintenance opportunities, and local hiking trails.

See you there!



Annual Meeting to be Held October 15

10/15/2016 3:00 pm

Plan to attend the NC High Peaks Annual Meeting Saturday, October 15 at 3 pm. More details to follow soon!

High Peaks Leads Hike Over Blackstock Knob Sept. 17

09/17/2016 8:30 am

With Autumn soon approaching Yancey County’s higher elevations, the NC High Peaks Trail Association will lead a hike over 6,320-foot Blackstock Knob on Saturday, Sept. 17.This difficult trek of 5 miles will include a climb and descent of more than 1,000 feet, some of it over rough rock steps that can be slippery if wet.

NC High Peaks Board Meeting Thursday, September 15

09/15/2016 9:00 am

Please join the High Peaks Board for our regular meeting at 9 AM on Thursday, September 15 at Appalachian Java on West Main St.  Hiking, trail maintenance and projects will be on the agenda.  Come share a cup of coffee with us!

September is Membership Renewal Month

Many of you have recently taken the time and opportunity to become first time members or to renew your membership in North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association. Many thanks to you! You can ignore the rest of this message!

If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2017, or have not yet taken the plunge to become a member at all, this message is for you!

Field Trip to Banner Elk


October 22: Stay tuned for more details

High Peaks Birders will host a birding outing on the Banner Elk Greenway and a visit to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute.  Details will be posted in October, or email us at

Birding Stroll

09/23/2016 6:00 pm

Friday, September 23rd, 6 pm at Cane River Park

      We will meet at 6pm 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. Suitable for adults and children. For more information email us at

General Meeting of High Peaks Birders

09/16/2016 6:00 pm

Friday, 6 pm, Yancey Public Library

      Join us and our special guest, environmental scientist and expert birder, Debbie Segal, for a talk about the Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville Florida. Debbie has worked in the field of wetlands ecology and soil science for over 25 years. She helped design the Sweetwater Wetlands park which is a state-of-the-art water quality enhancement system. The park is actually a waste water treatment system using gravity and sunlight to produce clean runoff and

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