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!


Big Bald Vacation Bird School 2018

Big Bald Vacation Bird School 2018: July 9-13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Teaching with the Birds of Big Bald

Teaching with the Birds of Big Bald – Saturday, July 21, 2018, 9am-2pm, at Big Bald Mountain (25 minutes north of Mars Hill, NC)

High Peaks Birders Host Slide Show June 8

Join the High Peaks Birders for a fun and educational slide presentation on Friday, June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Yancey County Public Library.

Local resident Steve Buettner, an avid naturalist and professional photographer, will narrate a presentation of his work showing wading birds in breeding plumage at a rookery in Florida. The show will include various egrets, herons, spoonbills and wood storks on nests with their young.

High Peaks Leads Two Hikes for National Trails Day June 2

Celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2 by joining the NC High Peaks Trail Association for one of two hikes near Mt. Mitchell.

A strenuous hike of 4.6 miles will climb 6,320-foot Blackstock Knob as hikers go from Mt. Mitchell Road off the Blue Ridge Parkway to Walker Knob Overlook. This hike will involve a climb of around 1,000 feet but offers tremendous views from the high ridge.



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