New Details for Crabtree Falls Hike- Sat, Jan 14

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.

Dec 18 Sunday Stroll and Blue Ridge Parkway Overlook Clean-Up

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 Square at 1pm to carpool

Colbert Ridge Trail Hike Dec 10

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.

Lost Cove Hike

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!

Family Sunday Stroll on Lower River Loop Trail Nov 27

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 to the Black Mountain

First Annual Membership Meeting

Our First Annual Membership Meeting will be November 14 (Monday) at 6 p.m. in the Community Room on the second floor of the NEW Yancey County Library (321 School Circle, across from the Parkway Playhouse) in Burnsville, NC!!

 

Lost Cove Hike

Join High Peaks to explore the abandoned settlement of Lost Cove near the Nolichucky River in northern Yancey County on Friday, November 11.  Lost Cove was settled after the Civil War and inhabited until the 1950s.  A few structures and several ruins still remain.  We will hike approximately 2.5 miles from the trailhead to Lost Cove then explore the ruins of the settlement before returning via the same route.  Total distance will be about six to seven miles.  This is a moderate to strenuous hike and includes an elevation change of 1500 feet.

HighPeaks Monthly Hike Saturday, July 16 to Beauty Spot

The next HighPeaks hike will be this Saturday, July 16 from Beauty Spot to Unaka Mt on the AT...3.1 miles one way with return to Beauty Spot for 6.2 total miles.  Meet at the Town Square at 8:30am or at the Beauty Spot parking lot at 9:30am...Contact Dennis Smith at 284-4000 if you have any questions...See you there!!

 

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