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!

Big Bald Stroll Sunday, Nov. 23 now CANCELLED

11/23/2014 1:00 pm

Due to the weather forecast calling for 100% chance of rain on Sunday, the scheduled stroll to Big Bald is now CANCELLED.




Join the High Peaks Trail Association Nov. 23 for an easy stroll offering spectacular views from the summit of Big Bald.

High Peaks Hosts Wine Tasting Sat, Nov. 22

11/22/2014 3:00 pm
11/22/2014 6:00 pm

Celebrate the first taste of the 2014 wine harvest by joining the High Peaks Trail Association for a Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 22  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. 

High Peaks Leads Bald Knob Ridge Hike Saturday, Nov. 15

11/15/2014 8:30 am

Join the High Peaks Trail Association Nov. 15 for a moderate hike from the Blue Ridge Parkway down the Bald Knob Ridge Trail. This 2.8-mile jaunt will be all downhill, so bring your hiking poles and sturdy boots as the autumn leaves may be a bit slippery.

Hikers should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. We will shuttle to the trailhead in a Yancey County Transportation Van for a donation of $5 per hiker. Pets are not allowed on the vans so if you want to bring your leashed dog you must provide your own transportation.

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