High Peaks Tackles Big Butt Trail Aug. 13


CHANGE IN PLANS.  Big Butt hike on Saturday- Weather looks OK however we do not have enough hikers to warrant a van. Therefore we will do an in and out hike from Walker Knob Overlook to Little Butt and possibly Big Butt. Meeting times are the same. We will carpool from the Town Square at 8:30 and meet any additional hikers around 9:45 at Walker Knob Overlook. Bring rain gear just in case!  

Also I just discovered that the e-mail address given in the original announcement was wrong. The correct e-mail address is trails@nchighpeaks.org

Join High Peaks on Saturday, August 13 as we hike the Big Butt Trail from Walker Knob Overlook on the Parkway to Cane River Gap. This 5.6-mile trek descends about 1,500 feet, but also has a few significant climbs, including a long stairway up Little Butt. The climb is worth the effort, though, for the spectacular view of the Black Mountain chain from Little Butt.

Hikers will meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. We will provide transportation in a county van for a donation of $5 per rider, but ask that you RSVP the hike leader ahead of time to reserve your seat in the van. Leashed dogs are welcome on the hike, but dogs are not allowed on county vans so if you bring your canine friend you’ll have to provide your own transportation.  You can meet us at Walker Knob Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway and hike in with the group as far as you wish then return on your own to your vehicle.

Bring your own lunch, snacks and plenty of water. It’s probably a good idea to bring rain gear, too, just in case.  Hiking poles are recommended.

Hikers choosing to drive to the trailhead should meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Walker Knob Overlook parking area near MM 360 on the Parkway and wait for the van’s arrival. The hike is one-way down to Cane River Gap, so if you meet us there you’ll need to arrange your own transportation back to Walker Knob Overlook. An alternative would be to hike 2.5 miles to Little Butt and then return to Walker Knob Overlook instead of continuing with the main group down to Cane River Gap.

The main group will be met by the county van at Cane River Gap for a return ride to the Town Square, arriving there around 3:30 p.m.

For more information or to reserve your spot in the van, contact hike leader John Whitehouse at trails@highpeaks.org or 682-3217.  Please contact the hike leader if you are hiking with us for the first time. And please check the High Peaks website, www.nchighpeaks.org, or our Facebook page for last-second changes due to weather.