Beauty Spot Hike Set for Saturday, Nov. 2

11/02/2013 8:30 am

Spectacular views will be the reward for hikers joining High Peaks Trail Association for a Nov. 2 outing to Beauty Spot and Unaka Mountain. The strenuous hike of about 6 miles will include a climb and descent of roughly 1,000 feet.

The hike will traverse a series of balds beginning at Beauty Spot, then proceed steeply up Unaka Mountain before branching off on Red Fork Road to take in the superb views from the Unaka Mountain Overlook. We will then backtrack our path, returning to Beauty Spot.

High Peaks Stroll at Mountain Heritage Sunday, Oct. 27

10/27/2013 1:00 pm

Get a glimpse of the fall color on a leisurely stroll with the High Peaks Trail Association Oct. 27 at Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville.

High Peaks Seeks Spectacular Views in Sat, Oct. 12 Hike

10/12/2013 8:30 am

Join High Peaks for a high altitude hike in Madison County Oct. 12 when the club tackles a section of the Appalachian Trail that crosses a spectacular high ridge known as Firescald. Good leaf color and stunning long-range views in all directions should greet hikers; legend has it that in clear weather one can see the Rocky Mountains from this vantage point. Come see for yourself! We guarantee there will be rocks and mountains.

Hike the Black Mountains with High Peaks Sat, Oct. 5

10/05/2013 8:30 am

If you’ve been wanting to hike the highest trail in the Eastern U.S., now’s your chance. High Peaks Trail Association will lead a hike along the crest of the Black Mountains from Mt.

High Peaks Stroll near Mt. Mitchell Sunday, Sept. 29

09/29/2013 1:00 pm

Take a stroll back in time Sunday, Sept. 29 when the High Peaks Trail Association leads an afternoon walk to the site of Camp Alice, an historic logging camp high on the slopes of Mt. Mitchell.

Heads Up- New Changes- Sat., Sept. 21

09/21/2013 8:30 am

If you've been watching the weather forecast then you know we're likely to have plenty of rain and possibly thunderstorms tomorrow, especially during the afternoon. We've decided to lower our expectations of what we can accomplish, yet still get a hike in tomorrow.

NC High Peaks Trail Association Board Meeting, Friday September 20

09/20/2013 9:00 am

Please join us at 9 AM on Friday, September 20 for our monthly Board Meeting.  All members and visitors are welcome.  Location: Appalachian Java on West Main St. in Burnsville.  Come share a cup of coffee and see what we're up to!

NC High Peaks Trail Maintenance Day Tuesday, September 3

09/03/2013 8:30 am

We are planning to try to wrap up our work on the Black Mountain Crest Trail this Tuesday.  We will meet across from the Wellers' in the Cattail Creek Community. We will drive up to Twin Falls and hike up to Deep Gap.  If we have enough folks we will weed-eat and have a saw team take care of some trees near Winter Star and on the top part of the Colbert Ridge Trail.

High Peaks Tackles Big Butt Trail on Saturday, Sept. 7

09/07/2013 8:30 am

With the Blue Ridge Parkway now open again, the High Peaks Trail Association will lead a strenuous hike Sept. 7 down the Big Butt Trail from Balsam Gap on the Parkway to Cane River Gap. This 5.6-mile trek descends about 1,500 feet, but also has a few significant climbs, including a long stairway up Little Butt. The climb is worth the effort, though, for the spectacular view of the Black Mountain chain from Little Butt.

High Peaks Trail Maintenance This Friday, August 23

08/23/2013 8:10 am

The Black Mountain Crest Trail is in bad need of maintenance thanks to all the rain which has allowed the weeds to flourish.  There are also weeds and briars on the top section of the Woody Ridge Trail.  So Friday we plan to address these problems.  We will all go in using "Grace's Ladder" that connects the "High Grade" to the Crest Trail.  Dennis will ferry a weed-eater and a saw on his ATV up to the base of Grace's Ladder.

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