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. 

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.

Bird Walk July 15 at Cane River Park

Attention bird lovers: join the High Peaks Birders for a fun evening bird stroll at Cane River Park, 258 Whittington Road, Burnsville!

High Peaks Leads Rewarding Hike on Friday July 15

Join NC High Peaks for a moderate and rewarding hike to the Blue Ridge Pinnacle with an optional extra excursion to the Green Knob Fire Lookout on Friday, July 15.

The hike up the Pinnacle is an moderate loop of about 2 miles with an elevation gain of about 500 feet with some rocky tread. The Pinnacle, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near the turn to Mt. Mitchell, offers outstanding, 360-degree views.

High Peaks Leads Blackstock Knob Hike July 1

Experienced hikers are invited to join N.C. High Peaks for a challenging hike over Blackstock Knob near Mt. Mitchell on Friday, July 1. This high-elevation jaunt should provide an escape from hot summer temperatures, along with wonderful views.

High Peaks Leads Roan Mountain Rhododendron Stroll June 9

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a stroll at the Roan Mountain Rhododendron Garden on Thursday, June 9, with an optional easy hike to the Roan High Bluff. The mountain’s annual rhododendron display should be near its peak, so the colors should be spectacular.

High Peaks Leads Beauty Spot Hike June 3

Experienced hikers are invited to join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a challenging but rewarding hike on Friday, June 3 on the Appalachian Trail over Beauty Spot and Unaka Mountain. The outing should offer spectacular views of the Western NC mountains, including the Blacks.

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