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 Hikes on April 20 Feature Spectacular Views

Hike POSTPONED until May 4 due to weather!

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Saturday, April 20 for one of two hikes along the Big Butt Trail, with both offering tremendous views of the Black Mountain chain.

Project Parkway - April 27, 2019

The National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway is excited to announce the second annual Project Parkway, a volunteer event combining efforts parkway-wide! We appreciate the dedication and interest you’ve demonstrated to the Parkway, so we want to specially invite YOU to join us for a hands-on workday improving the visitor experience at campgrounds and picnic areas.

When? Saturday, April 27th, 9AM to 12PM.

NC High Peaks is responsible for two campgrounds:

Join High Peaks for Easy Stroll Along the Laurel River Apr 13

The NC High Peaks Trail Association will celebrate the arrival of Spring with an easy, level stroll along the Laurel River in Madison County on Saturday, April 13.

The outing is open to the public and promises a glimpse of early spring wildflowers that line the picturesque old road bed that meanders along this lovely stream.

Retired Physician Tackles Black Mountains’ Toughest Trail at 75

Retired physician David Cort didn’t even know where the monthly High Peaks Trail Association’s hike was planned when at church he asked long-time hike leader Dennis Smith if he could join the group’s March 16 outing.

High Peaks Brings Back Outdoor Strolls

In an effort to attract a wider range of people to experience the outdoors, the NC High Peaks Trail Association is bringing back a program of easy-to-moderate strolls and hikes.

Strenuous Hike POSTPONED to March 16.

The Woody Ridge/Bolen's Creek hike POSTPONED. The strenuous hike scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed one week until March 16. Please contact the hike leader, Dennis Smith, if you have any questions. He can be reached at or 282.284.4000.

The stroll will still take place on Saturday as planned.

High Peaks Leads Dual Hikes March 9

Hikers will have two contrasting options on Saturday, March 9 when the NC High Peaks Trail Association offers one easy hike to a waterfall and a second hike that will take on the steepest, most challenging trail in the Black Mountains.

High Peaks Leads Scenic Mountains-to-Sea Trail Hike Feb 2

Take a mid-winter outdoor adventure with the NC High Peaks Trail Association when the club tackles a scenic section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail on Saturday, Feb. 2. The hike will begin at Buck Creek Gap and proceed two miles northbound to Castle Rock, then return to Buck Creek Gap.

High Peaks Seeks Input From Youth and Families

The NC High Peaks Trail Association invites all youth and families to go on-line and fill out a survey that the club will use to broaden its programs and appeal to that demographic. Participants will be automatically entered into a drawing, with a lucky winner to be awarded free High Peaks merchandise.


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