High Peaks Leads Two Big Butt Trail Hikes July 7

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Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Saturday, July 7 for one of two hikes along the Big Butt Trail, with both offering tremendous views of the Black Mountain chain.

view from Big Butt

The strenuous hike will cover 5.6 miles from the Walker Knob Overlook, descending about 1,500 feet to Cane River Gap. The moderate hike will cover about 5 miles, going to Little Butt and returning to Walker Knob Overlook. Both hikes will include some strenuous climbs, especially the long staircase up to Little Butt, but the view is worth the effort.

Hikers should meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Yancey Transportation vans will shuttle folks for a donation of $5, but riders must contact the hike leaders by Thursday evening July 5 to reserve a seat. Dogs are not allowed on the vans, so if you want to hike with your canine friend you must provide your own transportation.

Bring lots of water, snacks, lunch, hiking poles if you use them and rain gear, as the weather is always changeable.

Hikers who want to drive on their own should park at the Walker Knob Overlook, which is near Mile Marker 360 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and wait for the vans to arrive around 9:45 a.m. Hikers on the moderate trek will return to the Overlook, where a van will take them back to the Town Square. A van will also be waiting for the strenuous hike group at Cane River Gap.

For more information and to reserve your spot on the vans, contact Hike Leader Duke Rose for the strenuous hike at dukerosejr@gmail.com or 675-5781. For the moderate hike, contact Hike Leaders Judy and Alan Larkins atalanlarkins@gmail.com or 284-6902. 

Photo Info: Hikers will get this view of the Black Mountains from Little Butt if they join High Peaks for either of two hikes July 7.