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 Trail Maintenance Day on Saturday January 31

01/31/2015 9:15 am

Please join High Peaks for our first monthly trail maintenance day of the year.  We have several projects planned around Black Mountain Campground including final preparations for opening our new MST relo, beginning relocation of a portion of the Devil's Den trail, and starting the spring clearing of the hiking trails around the campground.  Meet at the kiosk across from the campground at 9:15.  Anyone interesting in carpooling can meet John on the north side of the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30.  Bring water, lunch, gloves, and trail tools (if you have them).

N. C. High Peaks Birding Stroll Set for Saturday, Jan. 31

01/31/2015 9:00 am

Join the N. C. High Peaks Trail Association birding stroll near the Black Mountain Campground at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31. 

The group will investigate the deer fields and nearby forested land, looking for a variety of winter birds.  Recently this location has yielded several species, including many woodpeckers, nut hatch, titmouse, chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet, and the elusive hermit thrush.

NC High Peaks Board Meeting Thursday, January 15

01/15/2015 9:00 am

Everyone is welcome at our next regular Board meeting to be held at Appalachian Java on West Main St. at 9 am on Thursday, January 15.  We plan to discuss the 2015 hike schedule, trail maintenance, Mt. Mitchell activities and any other items the Board or our members wish to consider.  Come have a cup of coffee and a bagel with us!

First Day Hike to Mt. Mitchell on January 1

01/01/2015 9:00 am

Start your New Year off right by joining the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for a brisk adventure hiking on Mt. Mitchell on Jan. 1. This outing will be part of the third annual statewide “First Day Hikes” in state parks across North Carolina.

Hikers should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 9 a.m. to form carpools. Hikers may also join the group by meeting at the kiosk across from the Black Mountain Campground entrance at 9:45 a.m.

High Peaks Leads Historic Burnsville Stroll Dec. 28

12/28/2014 1:00 pm

Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association Dec. 28 for a holiday stroll around historic downtown Burnsville.

This easy jaunt of about 1 mile will begin at 1 p.m. at the T.D. Bank. The group will visit several historic landmarks, including the Academy Street Cemetery, with commentary by history buff Jake Blood.

The outing will end at the Burnsville Wine and…store, where the group will enjoy cider and mulled wine.

High Peaks Leads Hike to Middle Ridge Creek Saturday, Dec. 6-CANCELLED

12/06/2014 8:30 am

Due to the forecast for tomorrow calling for lots of rain and thunder showers, the hike to Middle Ridge Creek is cancelled.

Join the High Peaks Trail Association Dec. 6 for a moderate hike of about 6 miles to Middle Ridge on the slopes of the Black Mountains.  The group will meet at the trailhead on Colbert Creek Road at 8:30 a.m.  Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, warm clothes and rain gear as the weather can change quickly this time of year. Leashed dogs are allowed.

High Peaks Leads Bird-Watching Stroll Saturday, Nov. 29

11/29/2014 9:00 am

Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a birding stroll at Cane River Park on Nov. 29. This park offers the opportunity to see a wide variety of species, including mammals, so bring binoculars if you have them and even an extra pair to share. Please dress for the weather – we’ll be going rain or shine.

Something New from High Peaks: Thursday Hikes


For those who aren’t getting enough time on the trail, High Peaks will now be leading Thursday hikes that will be more ambitious and challenging than many of our monthly outings.

The first adventure comes this Thursday Nov. 20 with an assault on Roan Mountain. The group will start at Hughes Gap and climb 2,000 feet up Roan Mountain before descending to Carver’s Gap for a total hike distance of 7.5 miles. Clearly this hike deserves the rating of “most difficult.”

High Peaks Trail Maintenance Day on Thursday November 20

11/20/2014 9:00 am

Please join High Peaks for our next trail workday on Thursday, Novermber 20.  We will be working on our MST trail reloaction near Black Mountain Campground.  Meet at the kiosk across from the campground at 9 AM.  Be sure to wear layers and work boots and bring gloves, lunch, water, and snacks.  Please let John Whitehouse know if you can join the crew by clicking on the signup tab below, e-mailing, or calling 682-3217.  Last minute volunteers are always welcome too!

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