Come Join Us Explore the Majestic Black Mountains and Scenic Toe River Valley of Western North Carolina

As home to the tallest mountain on this half of the continent, Yancey County offers some of the most spectacular hiking in the Eastern U.S. Topping the list is the Black Mountain Crest Trail, a rugged track that offers spectacular views and a chance to hike through a moss-matted forest of Spruce and Fir. Rare in the Southern U.S., you'd have to drive 1,000 miles north to Canada to find this eco-system, a remnant of the last ice age.

John Whitehouse Honored for Trail Work

Pensacola resident and High Peaks founder John Whitehouse was recently honored with the Carolina Mountain Club’s Distinguished Service Award for his tireless commitment to maintaining and improving the area’s hiking trails.

“Few have done as much for our trails,” said longtime CMC member Rocko Smucker, who nominated Whitehouse for the award and made the presentation at the Asheville-based club’s annual dinner. “John is an outstanding leader and mentor. He gets people involved because he’s such a pleasure to be around.”

Annual Meeting to be Held September 30 at Mount Mitchell Restaurant

NC High Peaks Trail Association will have its Annual Meeting on September 30 at the Mount Mitchell State Park Restaurant Lounge.  The meeting will start at 10 am.  All members and the public are invited.   Our guest speaker will be Kevin Cox who will talk about the history of Mount Mitchell and show some of his large collection of photos and artifacts he has collected over the years.  There will be a short social afterwards.

High Peaks Birders Meet at Hotspot Sept. 20

All are invited to join the High Peaks Birders for a birding stroll at Ridge Junction on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Wednesday, September 20th at 7:30 a.m.  The outing is open to anyone interested in learning about birds and especially bird migration.

Ridge Junction is a well-known birding hotspot, especially for fall migrants.  The configuration of the mountain ridges serves to funnel migrating birds, especially early in the morning after a night of flight.

High Peaks Leads Roan Mountain Hike Sept. 1

Fit, experienced hikers are invited to join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a very strenuous hike over scenic Roan Mountain on Friday, Sept. 1.

The 5-mile jaunt will include an elevation change of 1,500 feet over very steep terrain and is not for novices. The outing will follow the Appalachian Trail between Hughes and Carver’s Gaps and will include a visit to the Roan summit and the site where the Cloudland Hotel once stood 100 years ago.