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 Blackstock Knob Hike July 1

Experienced hikers are invited to join N.C. High Peaks for a challenging hike over Blackstock Knob near Mt. Mitchell on Friday, July 1. This high-elevation jaunt should provide an escape from hot summer temperatures, along with wonderful views.

High Peaks Leads Roan Mountain Rhododendron Stroll June 9

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a stroll at the Roan Mountain Rhododendron Garden on Thursday, June 9, with an optional easy hike to the Roan High Bluff. The mountain’s annual rhododendron display should be near its peak, so the colors should be spectacular.

High Peaks Leads Beauty Spot Hike June 3

Experienced hikers are invited to join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a challenging but rewarding hike on Friday, June 3 on the Appalachian Trail over Beauty Spot and Unaka Mountain. The outing should offer spectacular views of the Western NC mountains, including the Blacks.

Bird Walk June 4 at Cane River Park

Attention bird lovers: join the High Peaks Birders for a fun morning bird stroll at Cane River Park, 258 Whittington Road, Burnsville!

Jennifer Pharr Davis to be First Completer of the Appalachian High Route

Jennifer Pharr Davis to be First Completer of the Appalachian High Route Sunday, May 8 at the Burnsville Town Square at 2:30pm. Come Cheer Her On!!

May 6, 2022 BURNSVILLE, NC – One rainy day in downtown Burnsville, Jake Blood and Jennifer Pharr Davis sat on the porch of the Nu Wray Hotel talking about hiking, trails in Yancey County, and dreaming about something bigger.

High Peaks Birders Host Migrating Bird Stroll May 13

Celebrate the return of our migrant birds with High Peaks Birders!

The public is invited to observe migrating birds moving through and feeding in the forest edge at Ridge Junction Turnout (Milepost 355.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway) on Friday, May 13. Each spring, millions of birds sweep north through the Appalachian forests from their wintering areas in Central and South America enroute to their northern breeding areas.

High Peaks Leads Geology Hike to Ray Mine May 12

High Peaks Leads Geology Hike to Ray Mine May 12

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Thursday, May 12 for a fun and educational trip to the Ray Mine, an outing that will be led by retired Geology Professor Bill Miller. The mica mine was operated on-and-off from 1867 until the 1940s.>

Lost Cove Hike Set for May 6

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will lead hikers into the historic abandoned community of Lost Cove on Friday, May 6. Settled during or shortly after the Civil War, Lost Cove is nestled above the Nolichucky River, and can only be reached on foot.

High Peaks Leads Lake James Hike April 28

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Thursday, April 28 for a pleasant hike at Lake James near Marion.  The hike will feature visits to three historic cemeteries in the park.

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