Come join us explore 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 Hosts Open House at Green Knob Fire Tower Oct. 20

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a special treat on Saturday, October 20 when they host an open house at the Green Knob Fire Tower off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The tower – normally locked and inaccessible – will be open to all comers from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

  

High Peaks Leads Challenging Crest Trail Hike Oct. 13

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will lead one of its most challenging – and rewarding – hikes of the year when the club takes on the Black Mountain Crest Trail on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the peak of the high elevation leaf color season. The outing will be followed by a pot luck supper  in the Cattail Community.

Outdoor Author Randy Johnson Keynotes High Peaks Annual Meeting Oct. 6

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association as the club holds its annual meeting at the Yancey County Library on Saturday October 6 starting at 10 a.m.   Light refreshments will be served.  The meeting will end by noon.  

High Peaks Birders Host Open House at Green Knob Fire Tower This Saturday

Join the High Peaks Birders and the High Peaks Trail Association for a special treat on Saturday, September 22 when they host an open house at the Green Knob Fire Tower off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The tower – normally locked and inaccessible – will be open to all comers from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

High Peaks Leads Scenic Hikes Near Parkway Sept. 1

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association as the group leads two hikes on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Saturday, Sept. 1. Both hikes will offer tremendous views of the surrounding mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

High Peaks Leads Grandfather Mountain Hikes Aug. 11

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association as it leads two hikes Saturday, August 11 at one of the state’s premiere natural attractions, Grandfather Mountain.

The less-strenuous hike will begin at the Stack Rock parking area and proceed to the Linn Cove Viaduct Parking area, with a further out-and-back excursion under the viaduct. Total distance is 2.5 miles with little elevation change. This is a very scenic hike which goes by Stack Rock (Grandfather Mountain's version of Chimney Rock) and crosses Stack Rock Creek on a remarkable bridge. 

High Peaks Leads Two Big Butt Trail Hikes July 7

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

Help plant a bird garden at the Western Residence!

Help plant a bird garden at the Western Residence!

Friday, June 22 - 9 am to noon

45 Patton Mountain Rd, Asheville, NC 28804

 

First Lady of NC Kristin Cooper is a big fan of the birds, and with the help of Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, Audubon NC is expanding our bird-friendly gardening at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh to the Western Residence in Asheville. Please join the fun and help get plants in the ground!

 

Big Bald Vacation Bird School 2018

Big Bald Vacation Bird School 2018: July 9-13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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