High Peaks Leads Stroll at Mountain Heritage Sunday, Feb. 22

02/22/2015 1:00 pm

If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to start an exercise program, the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association offers the perfect introduction with an easy stroll at Mountain Heritage High School on Feb. 22.

High Peaks Leads Hike on Roan Mountain Sat., Feb. 7

02/07/2015 8:30 am

Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a mid-winter hike at Roan Mountain on Saturday, Feb. 7.  This five-mile jaunt of moderate difficulty will offer spectacular views from one of the region’s signature peaks.

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.”

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