The High Peaks Bird of the Month: Kirtland’s Warbler

This fall birders were lucky to see a Kirtland's warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) at Ridge Junction on the Blue Ridge Parkway where the Mt. Mitchell State Park road heads diverges. Nearly extinct in the 1970’s, when only around 500 individuals were known to exist, it had increased in numbers to an estimated 5000 by 2016.

Jason Project Seeks Hike Leaders

We are subscribers to the NC High Peaks Trail Association  and greatly enjoy reading about the wonderful hikes that your group takes in the Western Carolina area !!    As avid hikers who love the outdoors, we thought that some of you might be interested in knowing about our hiking project for at-risk kids which takes place at Grandfather Mountain.

Open House at Green Knob Fire Tower on WEDNESDAY, October 24

Due to a forecast of rain and possibly snow on Friday and rain on Saturday we will be opening the fire tower on WEDNESDAY, October 24.  The leaves are starting to "pop" at higher elevations so it should be a beautiful day for "leaf peeping".  Hope you can join us!

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a special treat on Wednesday, October 24 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!

 

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