Come Join Us Exploring the Majestic Black Mountains and Scenic Toe River Valley of Western North Carolina

Hiking in the Black Mountains and Toe River Valley near Burnsville, North Carolina is a very rewarding experience. The area has a wide variety of terrain to explore ranging from lush river valleys to majestic mountain ridges.  At  6,684 foot elevation, Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi. 

Christy Smith, Author of Lost Cove, Keynotes High Peaks Annual Meeting Oct. 15 

The public is invited to attend the NC High Peaks Trail Association Annual Meeting on Oct. 15 and to hear a talk about Lost Cove by the author of a book on the legendary Yancey County settlement.

High Peaks Leads Two Hikes Oct. 7

Catch a glimpse of early fall colors by joining NC High Peaks as it leads two hikes on Friday, Oct. 7 – one long and hard and the other a bit easier. Both outings should offer stunning views.

No Experience Necessary: Trail Maintainers Go Out for Fun

By Mike Williams High Peaks and CMC Trail Crew Member Retired attorney Bob Widman didn’t know a hazel hoe from a Pulaski several years ago when he started volunteering as a part of a weekly trail maintenance crew that helps keep Western North Carolina’s hiking trails open.

Now he’s an old hand at building steps, clearing water drains, trimming back thick vegetation and helping clear fallen trees blocking the trail.

High Peaks Leads High-Elevation Hike to Big Tom Sept. 9

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a moderate 2-mile hike along the spine of the Black Mountains from Mt. Mitchell to Big Tom and return on Friday, Sept. 9.

High Peaks Leads Mt. Mitchell Loop Hike Sept. 2

Fit, experienced hikers are invited to join NC High Peaks for a challenging loop hike around the summit of Mt. Mitchell on Friday, Sept. 2.

High Peaks Leads Big Butt Hike Aug. 12

Experienced, fit hikers are invited to join High Peaks on Friday, August 12 for a trek on the Big Butt Trail from Walker Knob Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Cane River Gap.

Info Meeting Takes Place Aug. 4 for Appalachian High Route

BURNSVILLE, N.C. – A new 339.5-mile hiking loop, which begins and ends in downtown Burnsville, is the subject of a community meeting on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Yancey County Public Library.

Jake Blood and Jennifer Pharr Davis, co-creators of the Appalachian High Route, will answer questions and provide information about this initiative to attract hikers to the area.

Another Open House at Green Knob Thursday, July 21

NC High Peaks will be hosting another Open House at the Green Knob Fire Tower, Mile Marker 350.4 this Thursday, July 21st from Noon until 3:00pm, WEATHER PERMITTING!

High Peaks to Host Firetower Open House July 15

In conjunction with the Forest Service and The Blue Ridge Parkway Rangers' Office, NC High Peaks will be hosting an "Open House" at The Green Knob Fire Tower, Mile Marker 350.4 on Friday, July 15th, from @1:00-4:00PM, weather permitting. The Fire Tower was constructed in 1931 and was in operation until the late 70's.

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