ncHighPeaks offers two hikes March 17 (Saturday), one very strenuous and a second less strenuous!! The longer, strenuous 12-mile hike will feature a loop along the Black Mountain Crest Trail from Deep Gap to Celo Knob, while the shorter, less strenuous 8-mile hike will follow an old railroad-grade below the Black Mountain Crest Trail. All hikers will meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 7:30 a.m., or at the Cattail Creek Community parking lot on Cattail Creek Road at 8am.
Join the NC HighPeaks for a leisurely Sunday Stroll to Roaring Fork Falls this Sunday (Feb 26). The 1.5-mile hike is fairly level with less than 100-feet of elevation gain and a high pay-off view of the falls. We will meet at 1 p.m. on the Burnsville Town Square to car pool or you can meet us at the Busick US Forest Service Work Center at 1:30 p.m. Visit our website at www.ncHighPeaks.org or contact hike leader Cynthia Blood at 678-0755 for more information. See you on the Trails!
After conducting trail maintenance on the Celo Community to Crabtree Falls trail last week, the North Carolina High Peaks Association has decided to reclassify their hike planned for this Saturday, Jan. 14, from “stroll” to “moderately difficult.” The loop trail picked out is 6.5 miles, with a steep ascent up an old wagon road and a possibly icy descent to the falls. Along the way there are some panoramic views of the Blacks, from Mt. Mitchell to Celo.
Join the NC HighPeaks Trail Association for a leisurely Sunday Stroll on December 18 and also help us keep the Yancey County portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway clean. We plan an easy 1.5-mile hike up to Craggy Pinnacle on the Blue Ridge Parkway to experience exception 360-degree views, including Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains. We will then stop to clean overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway on our return to Burnsville. The NC HighPeaks Trail Association has adopted all 11 Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks in Yancey County. We will meet at the Burnsville Town
Work off those Thanksgiving pounds and prepare for another round of Holiday feasting by joining the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Saturday, Dec. 10, for an arduous hike along the Colbert Ridge Trail. The hike traverses stately forests and steep terrain on the rocky Toe River side of the Black Mountains, affording spectacular views of the valley as well as Grandfather Mountain, Roan Mountain, and Table Rock.
On Friday, Nov. 11, 15 High Peaks members (and five dogs!) hiked to Lost Cove near the Nolichucky River in Yancey County. We started at the trailhead on FS Road 278 and hiked first to Joe Lewis fields (first photo). We then proceeded to Lost Cove proper where we explored several ruins including the site of the old school/church (second photo, only the steps remain) and the cemetery (third photo). Lost Cove is very interesting and peaceful. We returned via the Devil's Creek Trail. A sunny but cool day and a great hike!
Walk off that Turkey feast November 27th with the HighPeaks Trail Association on a leisurely Family Sunday Stroll. The Lower River Loop Trail at Black Mountain Campground is an easy, (less than 100-foot elevation change) 2.4-mile stroll along both banks of the South Toe that includes not one, but TWO pedestrian bridges over the River. This is a great hike for the family (not suitable for stollers) and those looking just to get out and enjoy the fresh air, wonderful views and the soothing sounds of nature. We will meet on the Burnsville Town Square at 1pm and carpool t