High Peaks Trail Maintenance Day on Saturday June 8

Please join us on Saturday, June 8 for our monthly trail maintenance day.  This time we will be lopping and weed-eating the Upper River Loop Trail at Black Mountain Campground.  Early in April we cleared the trail of downed trees but our warm, wet spring means the weeds are growing fast!  Meet on the north side of the Burnsville town square at 8:30 AM or at Black Mountain Campground around 9 AM.  Contact John for more information at: johnwhitehouse@nchighpeaks.org

Roan Mountain Hike - Sat. June 1

North Carolina Hike Peaks Trail Association will celebrate National Trails Day, Saturday, June 1, with a five mile Roan Mountain hike. This is an out and back hike along Grassy Ridge from Carvers Gap. Featuring spectacular 360 degree views, the hike is up and down, but only has about 700 feet net elevation gain.

Sunday Stroll to Craggy Pinnacle- May 26

Craggy Pinnacle, with 360 degree views from atop its 5892 foot summit, will be the destination of the May 26 NC High Peaks Sunday Stroll. 
Participants should meet at 1:00 p.m. on the Burnsville Town Square for carpooling. Enjoy a drive on Forest Service roads and the Blue Ridge Parkway to and from Craggy Pinnacle. 
The stroll involves a 250 foot elevation gain and is a total of one mile in length. The group should return to the Town Square by 5 p.m. Bring good strolling shoes and plenty of water.

Isom Mine Hike- Saturday, May 18- Postponed due to rain!

The hike is postponed due to rain. Food and fellowship are still happening at 4 pm at the Wellers!
The historic Isom Mine under Celo Knob will be the destination of a NC High Peaks Trail Association hike set for Saturday, May 18. 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, followed by a gentle descent along an old railroad grade for the return trip.

NC High Peaks Board Meeting, Friday June 7 DATE CHANGE

NOTE: There will NOT be a Board meeting in May.  Please join us at 9 AM on Friday, June 7 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!

Mitchell Toll Road Hike- Saturday, May 4

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Saturday, May 4 to hike the historical Mt. Mitchell Toll Road.  Hikers should meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:45 to be shuttled to the trailhead just off the Blue Ridge Parkway about one-quarter mile north of the turnoff to Mt. Mitchell State Park. Please bring $5 per hiker to cover the cost of transportation.

Wildflower Presentation and Stroll

Wildflowers are springing forth! Come see expert Scott Dean from the Asheville Arboretum speak and give a presentation on local wildflowers! The event will be Saturday, April 27 at 1:00pm at the Yancey County Library, free to all. Refreshments after the brief followed by an optional trip (requested $10 donation and RSVP) to a beautiful garden, the Dorothy Thomas Memorial Nature Trail! If you want more information, or to reserve a spot on the stroll please call Cynthia Blood at (828) 678-0755. 

Green Knob Fire Tower Dedication- Saturday, April 20

Join in celebrating the restoration of the Green Knob Fire Tower this Saturday, April 20 at 12-noon at the Green Knob Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile 350.4). A short ceremony featuring Peter Barr with the North Carolina Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association and Lloyd Allen, a fire tower expert who restored the Snow Ball Fire Tower in Buncombe County and whose father served as a lookout on the Green Knob Fire Tower. A short, quarter-mile hike up to the Fire Tower will follow the ceremony.

Lost Cove Hike

We'll meet on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 am or at the gate to FS road 278 on White Oak Flats Road at 9:15. We will perform trail maintenance (lopping and down tree removal) while hiking 2.5 miles in with a 1000-foot elevation drop. We'll have lunch in Lost Cove and visit the cemetery on the land the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy recently acquired. Then we'll hike back up the 1000-feet and 2.5 miles to the trail head on FS road 278 below Joe Louis Fields.

NC High Peaks Board Meeting, April 12 (Date Change)

Please join us at 9 AM on Friday, April 12 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!


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