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 Lake James Stroll Thursday, Oct. 14

NC High Peaks invites you to join a pleasant hike at Lake James State Park near Marion on Thursday, Oct. 14. The outing will feature visits to three historic cemeteries in the park.

High Peaks Leads Strenuous Hike over Blackstock Knob Oct. 8


High Peaks will take advantage of early fall color at high elevations with a challenging hike on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail over Blackstock Knob on Friday, Oct. 8.

Appalachian State Professor Timothy Silver Keynotes High Peaks Annual Meeting Oct. 9

Award-winning author Prof. Timothy Silver of Appalachian State University will highlight the annual meeting of the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Burnsville Town Center.

Silver’s book, “Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains: An Environmental History of the Highest Peaks in Eastern America,” is widely admired as one of the most comprehensive and entertaining volumes written about Yancey County’s famous mountain range.

Author Timothy Silver to Speak at Annual Meeting October 9

Save the Date! On Saturday October 9 NC High Peaks will be holding its Annual Meeting at 10 am at the Burnsville Town Center. Our guest speaker will be Professor Timothy Silver author of "Mount Mitchell & The Black Mountains" the most detailed and comprehensive book about our Black Mountains. The following is a review of the book by Rebecca Blanco.

Volunteers Spend Vacation Improving Nature Trail at Mt. Mitchell

While some folks spend their vacations on cruises or at luxury resorts, five hardy volunteers from the American Hiking Society recently spent their time off lugging big timbers and building steps on the Balsam Nature Trail at Mt. Mitchell State Park.

Join High Peaks for Stroll Near Grandfather Mountain Friday, Sept. 10

Join High Peaks for a moderate 5-mile loop stroll on the Boone Fork Trail just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain on Friday, Sept. 10. The trail features Hebron Falls, a gorgeous waterfall.

Strollers can do the whole loop or go out as far as they want and turn around to make a shorter trip. The elevation gain is about 500 feet and the stroll is rated as moderate. The trailhead is about an hour drive from Burnsville.

High Peaks Leads Loop Hike Sept. 3

Join NC High Peaks on Friday, Sept. 3 for a fun but challenging hike down the Bald Knob Ridge Trail followed by a climb back up the Buncombe Horse Range Trail.

This 8.5-mile hike will include a descent of about 1,400 feet and a climb of about 2,000 feet, so it should only be tackled by fit, experienced hikers.

Join High Peaks for Aug. 20 Mt. Mitchell Stroll

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association at cooler, high elevations for a moderate stroll from Mt. Mitchell to Mt. Craig on Friday, Aug. 20.

Join High Peaks for Aug. 13 Hike at Mt. Mitchell

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association at cooler, high elevations on Friday, Aug. 13 when the group leads a strenuous hike along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and then climbs to the Mt. Mitchell summit. 

The five-mile hike will ascend about 1,200 feet and has some rugged sections, so only experienced hikers should participate. 


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