Annual Meeting to be Held October 15

10/15/2016 3:00 pm

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association invites members and the public to its annual meeting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 at the Yancey County Library in Burnsville.

Birding Stroll

10/29/2016 9:00 am

NC High Peaks birders will host the monthly birding stroll this Saturday, October 29. We will meet at Cane River Park at 9 am in the main parking lot near the kiosk and walk along the fields and into the woods by the river.  Many fall migrants have been spotted in the park in recent days.  We expect this trend to continue through October. Bring binoculars, and dress for the weather.  Birding will happen rain or shine if at all possible.  All skill levels from beginner to expert, including adults and children, are welcome.  For mo

High Peaks Tackles Black Mountain Crest Trail Oct. 1

10/01/2016 8:30 am

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will lead one of its most challenging – and rewarding – hikes of the year when the club takes on the Black Mountain Crest Trail on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the peak of the high elevation leaf color season. The outing will be followed by a pot luck supper and party in the Cattail Community.

Visit Us at Old Timey Day this Saturday, September 24

09/24/2016 10:00 am
09/24/2016 4:00 pm

Old Timey Day in Burnsville is this Saturday, September 24 from 10 am to 4 pm. The NC High Peaks booth will be located at the East end of the square. Our booth will be loaded with T-shirts, maps, beer mugs, pint glasses, wine glasses, and sun catchers/Christmas tree ornaments. This will also be a great opportunity for you to renew your membership if you haven't yet done so.

Stop by and visit with us. We'll have information on our upcoming hikes, trail maintenance opportunities, and local hiking trails.

See you there!



High Peaks Leads Hike Over Blackstock Knob Sept. 17

09/17/2016 8:30 am

With Autumn soon approaching Yancey County’s higher elevations, the NC High Peaks Trail Association will lead a hike over 6,320-foot Blackstock Knob on Saturday, Sept. 17.This difficult trek of 5 miles will include a climb and descent of more than 1,000 feet, some of it over rough rock steps that can be slippery if wet.

NC High Peaks Board Meeting Thursday, September 15

09/15/2016 9:00 am

Please join the High Peaks Board for our regular meeting at 9 AM on Thursday, September 15 at Appalachian Java on West Main St.  Hiking, trail maintenance and projects will be on the agenda.  Come share a cup of coffee with us!

September is Membership Renewal Month

Many of you have recently taken the time and opportunity to become first time members or to renew your membership in North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association. Many thanks to you! You can ignore the rest of this message!

If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2017, or have not yet taken the plunge to become a member at all, this message is for you!

Field Trip to Banner Elk


     Join us for a field trip to the Banner Elk Greenway.  This trip offers a variety of birding opportunities including a wooded city park, a pond and river, and a natural field setting.  Our beautiful mountain fall weather offers us an excellent time to be out in nature and observe migrating birds.  We plan to bird from about 10 am to 1pm along the Greenway, including taking time out for lunch.

Birding Stroll

09/23/2016 6:00 pm

Friday, September 23rd, 6 pm at Cane River Park

      We will meet at 6pm in the main parking lot near the kiosk and walk along the fields and into the woods by the river. Bring binoculars, and dress for the weather. Birding will happen rain or shine if at all possible. All skill levels from beginner to expert are welcome. Suitable for adults and children. For more information email us at

General Meeting of High Peaks Birders

09/16/2016 6:00 pm

Friday, 6 pm, Yancey Public Library

      Join us and our special guest, environmental scientist and expert birder, Debbie Segal, for a talk about the Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville Florida. Debbie has worked in the field of wetlands ecology and soil science for over 25 years. She helped design the Sweetwater Wetlands park which is a state-of-the-art water quality enhancement system. The park is actually a waste water treatment system using gravity and sunlight to produce clean runoff and

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