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. 

July/August Newsletter

While our group hiking program is suspended, we thought it might be a good idea to bring our members and friends up-to-date on what NC High Peaks has accomplished recently.  Please take a minute to read the attached newsletter.  The subject for this issue is our role as the Friends of Mount Mitchell State Park.  High Peaks has worked closely with the Park to enhance visitor experience and to provide an expanded internet presence.  Check it out!

July/August Newsletter

US Forest Service and Blue Ridge Parkway Closures

As reported in Wednesday's Asheville newspaper the US Forest Service has closed virtually all hiking trails in the Pisgah National Forest including all three ranger districts (Appalachian, Grandfather and Pisgah). See the complete list of trails at:…

High Peaks Suspends Group Hikes Over Coronavirus

The NC High Peaks Trail Association will suspend all hikes for the next few weeks on the advice of public health officials who say groups of more than 10 should not gather even for healthy recreational activities.

High Peaks Visits Historic Cemeteries at Lake James March 21


 Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and recommendations from CDC we are postponing this hike most likely until late fall.  Sorry but High Peaks believes this is in everyones best interest.  Watch our Facebook page and website for self-guided hiking suggestions for individuals who want to get outdoors!

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Saturday, March 21 for a pleasant hike at Lake James near Marion.  The hike will feature visits to three historic cemeteries in the park.

High Peaks Tackles Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower March 7

Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association on Saturday, March 7 for a challenging hike to Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower in Tennessee. Hikers should be rewarded with tremendous 360-degree views of the surrounding terrain.  CANCELLED, rescheduled for Fall 2020.

Another Good Winter Stroll with NC High Peaks Feb 15

Saturday morning, February 15, the NC High Peaks Trail Association offers another good winter stroll — at the Black Mountain Campground.  A special feature is a visit to Setrock Creek Falls — described as a “sliding, zigzagging falls about 60 ft. high” in Kevin Adams’s North Carolina Waterfalls, 3rd ed. 

Hike to Crabtree Falls with NC High Peaks Trail Association

Saturday, February 1 brings a good new hiking opportunity — to Crabtree Falls, one of the most beautiful in western NC.  In winter, the falls are often covered in ice. This hike is 2.3 miles each way, with moderate ups & downs over an old logging road and paved road.  The usual route from the Crabtree Falls Campground has more elevation change and is often unavailable in winter due to Blue Ridge Parkway closure.  This less traveled route will begin and end a


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