We are in our second year of offering Birding Strolls at Cane River Park. It continues to yield a large variety of birds. Our last stroll was attended by 17 birders of all levels of experience. We found 22 species including a great display of a Kingbird defending his (or her) nest from a Robin and a Baltimore Oriole.
Bring a pair of binoculars and dress for the weather. We will go rain or shine if at all possible. Meet in the large parking lot next to the soccer field near the kiosk. For more information call 828 682-3733.
For this month's trail maintenance day we will work around Black Mountain Campground on a variety of tasks. There is lopping and weed-eating to do and some downed trees to remove. Exactly which trail/tasks we work on will depend on how large a crew we have. We may also work on some water issues on the Devil's Den trail.
Everyone is welcome to join the HP Board at our next regular Board meeting to be held at Appalachian Java on West Main St. at 9 am on Thursday, June 11. Besides our regular discussion of hike schedules, trail maintenance and Mt. Mitchell activities we will also hear news about a grant High Peaks just received to help us plan a connector trail from Burnsville to the Black Mountain Crest Trail. Come have a cup of coffee and a bagel with us!
More than a dozen volunteers from two Western North Carolina hiking clubs recently completed construction of a rustic, sturdy 27-foot long footbridge where the Mountains-to-Sea Trail crosses Neal’s Creek near the Black Mountain Campground.
Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association June 6 for a fun but strenuous hike to Little Hump Mountain. This grassy bald north of Roan Mountain offers fantastic views, wild flowers and hopefully some early blooming rhododendron.
Hikers should assemble at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided in a Yancey County van for a $5 fee, reservations required. Dogs are not allowed on the vans so if you want to bring your leashed pet you must provide your own transportation.
This Saturday (sorry for the late notice) we will continue work on the Neal's Creek Bridge. We will be cutting and stripping small locust logs for handrails and posts, attaching the tread logs to the sill logs and working on the steps at the south end. This will not require a large crew but everyone is welcome to help! Meeting time will be around 9 AM at the Neal's Creek Road gate. Let me know if you plan to join the crew (and if you need directions).
Everyone is welcome to join the HP Board at our next regular Board meeting to be held at Appalachian Java on West Main St. at 9 am on Thursday, May 14. We plan to discuss our 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!
Mother’s Day is Birding Day. N.C. High Peaks Trail Association invites all mothers and all lovers of mothers to to join us for our monthly Birding Stroll at Cane River Park, Sunday, May 10 at 5 p.m. Spring birding migration is in full swing and we expect to find an abundance of warblers, finches, wood peckers, black birds, water birds and many other species.