High Peaks Trail Maintenance This Friday, August 23

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.  The rest of the crew will drive up Winter Star Road, past Five Maples and as far as the first or second creek crossing.  We will hike in and out from there.

Stroll at The Orchard- Sunday, August 25

Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a stroll at the historic Orchard at Altapass on Sunday Aug. 25. This moderate 2-mile hike will wind through the 100-year-old apple orchard, offering spectacular views from the crest of the Blue Ridge near Spruce Pine.

Historic Mitchell Toll Road- Rocky Knobs & Greybeard- Saturday, August 17

Tomorrow's hike is still on as planned. The weather forecast is calling for some rain but no thunder or lightning. Bring your rain gear, water, lunch and hiking poles if you have them. Should be a fun hike! 

Big Butt Trail Hike- Sat, August 10 POSTPONED due to weather

We have postponed this hike due to high probablilty of thunderstorms/lightning.  It has been tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, September 7, at which time we are hopeful that the Blue Ridge Parkway will have reopened as far as Walker Knob so that we can do the hike as a one-way, more down than up hike from Walker Knob to Cane River Gap (197S). Watch for details in the next few weeks.

Mt. Mitchell Stroll- Sunday, July 28

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a leisurely stroll in the cool air atop Mt. Mitchell on Sunday July 28.
This easy 1.5-mile jaunt will start at the parking area near the mountain’s summit. After a short climb up the observation tower, the group will follow a trail downhill to the Mt. Mitchell restaurant, where hikers have been known to indulge in a helping of their delicious pies or other desserts.

Blackstock Knob on MST- Saturday, July 20

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a hike across Blackstock Knob on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail on Saturday July 20th. This high-elevation hike offers spectacular views of the Asheville Watershed and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

NC High Peaks Board Meeting, Friday July 19

Please join us at 9 AM on Friday, July 19 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!

ncHighPeaks Featured in Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway eNews

Rhododendron Gardens Stroll - Sunday, June 23

Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for a leisurely stroll through the rhododendron garden at Roan Mountain this Sunday, June 23. Roan is famous for its dazzling display of colors, and the plants should be around their peak.

Isom Mine Hike- Saturday, June 15

The historic Isom Mine under Celo Knob will be the destination of a NC High Peaks Trail Association hike set for Saturday, June 15. This is a nine mile loop hike that starts and ends at the Weller Cabin on Cattail Creek Rd. near Pensacola. Hikers can expect a 2000 foot elevation gain over single track trail and old logging roads over the first three miles, spectacular views from the mica mine, followed by a gentle descent along an old railroad grade for the return trip.


Subscribe to NC High Peaks Trail Assn and Friends of Mt Mitchell State Park RSS