Annual Spring Cleanup Set for March 30 & 31

Please join High Peaks for our annual Spring Cleanup around Black Mountain Campground that will take place Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31. We will be starting each day at 9:30 a.m. and will finish no later than 3 p.m.

Come for one or both days or just a half day.  Meet crew leader John Whitehouse (682-3217) at the kiosk across from Black Mountain Campground at 9:30.   If you need to arrive later call or e-mail (trails@nchighpeaks.org) John and he will arrange for someone to meet you.

Our objective will be to clear the trails around the campground in preparation for the opening on April 13.  We will be removing downed trees, limbs and sticks from the trail and lopping anything that has grown into the trail.  No experience necessary!  We will have tools for all volunteers.  

In addition we need volunteers to help cleanup overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Friday.  Disposable gloves, trash bags and trash “picker uppers” will be provided.
 
On Saturday we will wrap up a bit early to prepare for our annual cookout at the campground.  As part of the celebration we will be honoring long-time trail worker Eloise Kaeck and wishing her “bon voyage” to her next adventure in sunny California.  All High Peaks members and their guests are invited (whether you work on the trail or not).  

The cookout will begin by 3 p.m.  High Peaks will grill hamburgers and hot dogs and supply buns and condiments as well.  Guests are asked to bring a side dish if possible also the beverage of their choice and lawn chairs.  Please let us know if you plan to attend so we’ll have an idea of how much food to buy.  Contact Sandy Whitehouse at trails@nchighpeaks.org or 682-3217 to RSVP before 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 25.  If you plan to bring a side dish please let Sandy know as well.
 
We have had a wild March weather-wise but we plan to go ahead rain or shine.  However if the weather looks particularly bad (thunderstorms or snow) we may have to postpone.  Check our website www.nchighpeaks.org or our Facebook page for the latest details.