High Peaks Leads Bird-Watching Stroll Sunday, July 27

Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a birding stroll at Cane River Park on July 27. Birders report seeing nearly two dozen species at this location recently, so join us for the fun and adventure. We may see other species, including mammals, so bring binoculars if you have them and even an extra pair to share. Please dress for the weather – we’ll be going rain or shine.

Join High Peaks for Mt. Mitchell Stroll Sunday, July 13

Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a stroll on the East’s highest mountain, Mt. Mitchell, on Sunday, July 13. This 1.5-mile jaunt will include a 500-foot elevation change, although we will follow a different, easier route than last year’s stroll.

To join in the fun, meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 1 p.m. We will take a Yancey County Transportation van for a fee of $5 per person. Please remember that pets aren’t allowed on the county vans. 

High Peaks Board Meeting on THURSDAY, July 17.

Please join us at 9 AM on Thursday, July 17 for our regular Board Meeting   All members and visitors are welcome.  Location: Appalachian Java on West Main St. in Burnsville.  Come share a cup of coffee and see what we're up to!  We always welcome input on our hiking and trail maintenance activities.

High Peaks Leads Bird-Watching Stroll Sunday, June 29

Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a birding stroll at Cane River Park on Sunday, June 29.  We may see a wide variety of species, including mammals, so bring binoculars if you have them and even an extra pair to share. Please dress for the weather – we’ll be going rain or shine.

Meet at the park near the kiosk in the main parking lot for the stroll, which begins at 6 p.m. We will venture into four different habitats as we explore off-the-beaten-path parts of the park, walking about one mile over the course of about 90 minutes to two hours.

High Peaks Trail Maintenance Day on Saturday, June 28

Come join High Peaks for our monthly trail maintenance day.  This month we will work our section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail from Buck Creek Gap (at the junction of NC 80 and the Parkway) to Neal's Creek Road.  We have reports of downed trees and sections of the trail will need weed-eating.  We also need folks to lop and "brush" the trail (remove limbs and other debris).
 

High Peaks Hike Descends From Green Knob Saturday, June 21

Everyone is invited to join the High Peaks Trail Association Saturday, June 21 for a fun hike from the Green Knob Fire Tower on the Blue Ridge Parkway down to the Black Mountain Campground. This moderate hike of 3.2 miles, open to the public, includes some steep sections as it descends about 2,000 feet to the South Toe River Valley.
 

NC High Peaks Board Meeting, June 12

Please join us at 9 AM on Thursday, June 12 for our regular Board Meeting   All members and visitors are welcome.  Location: Appalachian Java on West Main St. in Burnsville.  Come share a cup of coffee and see what we're up to!  We always welcome input on our hiking and trail maintenance activities.

High Peaks Leads Rhododendron Stroll Sunday, June 15

Join the High Peaks Trail Association June 15 for a stroll through the magnificent rhododendron garden at Roan Mountain. The flower display should be at its peak and all are welcome for this easy walk of about 1 mile.

Participants should meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 1 p.m. The group will car pool to Roan Mountain, which is about a 45-minute drive and has an entry fee of $3 per vehicle. Leashed pets are welcome.

As always, bring water, snacks and rain gear and check the club’s website, www.nchighpeaks.org, or Facebook page for last-minute changes due to weather.

High Peaks Heads for Beauty Spot Saturday, June 7

For some of the most spectacular views in the region, join the High Peaks Trail Association for a hike from Beauty Spot to Unaka Mountain on Saturday, June 7.

This moderate hike of 6 miles will traverse a section of the Appalachian Trail that climbs about 750 feet to the spruce-covered summit of Unaka Mountain. The group will retrace its steps to Beauty Spot, which offers exceptional views.

High Peaks Trail Maintenance Day on Saturday, May 24

This Saturday we will tackle perhaps the steepest trail in the Blacks, Woody Ridge, and the northern end of the Crest Trail.  We plan to have one crew work Woody Ridge from the bottom and another the Crest Trail from the Bolen's Creek trailhead.  We will meet somewhere in between.  The objective will be to clear downed tress, limbs, and other debris from the trail as well as lop branches.  This is part of our annual maintenance but also in preparation for a footrace planned over the same trails later in the weekend.  Bring lunch, plenty of water, and trail tools if you have them.

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