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 Very Challenging Hike Dec. 2

Experienced, fit hikers are invited to join High Peaks for an extremely strenuous adventure on the Black Mountain Crest Trail on Friday, Dec. 2.

High Peaks Leads High-Elevation Hike Nov. 12 HIKE CANCELLED. Parkway is closed.

Join NC High Peaks for a moderate hike on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to a lovely spot with wonderful views of the Asheville watershed and surrounding mountains on Saturday, Nov. 12.

The outing is about two miles out-and-back, with about 350 feet of elevation change. But the trail has several sections of tricky, uneven rock steps that can be hazardous if wet and slippery, so hikers with balance problems should not participate.

High Peaks Announces Board Member Nominees

At our NC High Peaks Annual Meeting on October 15 we will be electing four new members to the Board of Directors. We are very excited to nominate two former board members and two brand new members! Please review their biographies and be prepared to vote for the candidate(s) of your choice.

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.

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