High Peaks Leads Mid-Winter Adventure Feb. 6

Up for a strenuous winter hike followed by fellowship at a potluck dinner?  Experienced hikers are invited to join NC High Peaks on Saturday, February 6 for a hike across the Black Mountains via Deep Gap. This strenuous, 7-mile hike will ascend 3,000 feet up the Colbert Ridge Trail, cross Deep Gap and descend 2,000 feet to the Cattail Community.

High Peaks Board Meeting on Thursday, January 21

Please join the High Peaks Borad for our regular Board meeting at 9 AM on Thursday, Jan. 21 at Appalachian Java on West Main St.  We will have updates on our hiking and trail maintenance plans and news about our grant for rehailitating part of the Mount Mitchell trail.  Come share a cup of coffe with us!

First Day Hike to Mount Mitchell, Thursday January 1

Welcome in the New Year with NC High Peaks on Friday, January 1st!  Our "First Day" hike will be to Mount Mitchell.

OWLS Meeting

Tuesday, February 23rd at Appalachian Java, 9 am. All are welcome to attend our next planning meeting.

High Peaks Leads Challenging Cattail Hike Saturday, Dec. 5

Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a challenging hike along the western flanks of the Black Mountains on Saturday Dec. 5. This difficult, 10-mile hike will start at the Cattail Community Center and climb 2,500 feet up to Deep Gap. The group will then hike to Ogle Rock on an abandoned railroad grade that was rediscovered by Worth and Susan Weller. The hike will end with a 2,500-foot descent back to Cattail.

High Peaks Hosts Informational Meeting on Forest Service Management Plan Dec. 3

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will host an informational meeting on the U.S. Forest Service’s revision of its Management Plan and the plan’s impact on Yancey County’s Black Mountain Range on Thurs., Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the Yancey County Library.

High  Peaks board member Jake Blood will give a presentation on how the Forest Service currently manages the Black Mountains and how the revisions to the plan may impact the Black Mountains and Yancey County.

NC High Peaks Board Meeting Thursday, November 19

Please join the High Peaks Borad for our regular Board meeting at 9 AM on Thursday, Nov. 19 at Appalachian Java on West Main St.  This will be the first meeting of the newly elected Board and officers.  Topics will include the hiking schedule for next year.  Come share a cup of coffee and see what we have planned!



High Peaks Hosts Wine Tasting Friday, Nov. 20

Celebrate the first taste of the 2015 wine harvest by joining the High Peaks Trail Association for a Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at Burnsville Wine and...

This free event is open to the public and will be held at 525 West Main Street in the cozy confines of Burnsville’s premiere wine shop. Light snacks will be provided.

Christmas Bird Count

       On Saturday, December 19 High Peaks Birders will sponsor the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Local volunteers in Yancey County will join thousands of counters across the country to count birds.  Yancey residents will take part in this tradition which is the longest running wildlife census on the planet.  Each year the Audubon Christmas Bird Count mobilizes over 70,000 volunteer bird counters.  The CBC uses the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that professional scientists could not do alone. 

High Peaks Elects New Officers and Announces 2016 Hikes

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association Board of Directors recently elected new officers for the 2015-2016 hiking season. Dennis Smith agreed to serve as President, Bob Williams as Vice President, Susan Weller as Treasurer and Nancy Fitzgibbon, a newly elected Board Member, as Secretary.  Other Board Members include Jake Blood, Robert Branch and Mike Williams.


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