Sunday Stroll to Roaring Fork Falls

Sunday, Nov. 24, the club will lead a stroll to Roaring Fork Falls, one of the county’s most dramatic waterfalls. This easy hike of about 1 mile has little elevation change.

Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau and Learn About NC High Peaks Trail Association

Join the High Peaks Trail Association at Burnsville Wine and… on Saturday Nov. 23 for a celebration of the Beaujolais Nouveau, or first wines of the 2013 harvest. The event is free and will run from 4 to 7 p.m. at the wine shop at 525 West Main Street.

High Peaks members and the public are invited to sample the wines and learn more about Yancey’s hiking club.

NC High Peaks Trail Association Board Meeting, Friday, November 22

Please join us at 9 AM on Friday, November 22 for our monthly 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 will be planning hikes for next year.  Let us know what hikes you would like to see and if perhaps you might lead one.

Beauty Spot Hike Set for Saturday, Nov. 2

Spectacular views will be the reward for hikers joining High Peaks Trail Association for a Nov. 2 outing to Beauty Spot and Unaka Mountain. The strenuous hike of about 6 miles will include a climb and descent of roughly 1,000 feet.

The hike will traverse a series of balds beginning at Beauty Spot, then proceed steeply up Unaka Mountain before branching off on Red Fork Road to take in the superb views from the Unaka Mountain Overlook. We will then backtrack our path, returning to Beauty Spot.

High Peaks Stroll at Mountain Heritage Sunday, Oct. 27

Get a glimpse of the fall color on a leisurely stroll with the High Peaks Trail Association Oct. 27 at Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville. This easy, 1-mile jaunt will follow a new trail through the woods near the school and has only about 200 feet of change in elevation.

Hikers should meet at 1 p.m. at the parking lot near the school’s football field. The outing should last about one hour and is open to the public. Leashed pets are welcome.

High Peaks Seeks Spectacular Views in Sat, Oct. 12 Hike

Join High Peaks for a high altitude hike in Madison County Oct. 12 when the club tackles a section of the Appalachian Trail that crosses a spectacular high ridge known as Firescald. Good leaf color and stunning long-range views in all directions should greet hikers; legend has it that in clear weather one can see the Rocky Mountains from this vantage point. Come see for yourself! We guarantee there will be rocks and mountains.

Hike the Black Mountains with High Peaks Sat, Oct. 5

If you’ve been wanting to hike the highest trail in the Eastern U.S., now’s your chance. High Peaks Trail Association will lead a hike along the crest of the Black Mountains from Mt. Mitchell to Deep Gap and down to the Cattail Community on Oct. 5, followed by a happy hour with refreshments at the home of Worth and Susan Weller.
The hike, rated difficult because of steep downhill sections over rugged footing, will total about 7 miles, with an overall descent of about 3,000 feet.

High Peaks Stroll near Mt. Mitchell Sunday, Sept. 29

Take a stroll back in time Sunday, Sept. 29 when the High Peaks Trail Association leads an afternoon walk to the site of Camp Alice, an historic logging camp high on the slopes of Mt. Mitchell.
This gentle walk of about 2.5 miles will begin at Stepps Gap near the headquarters of  Mt. Mitchell State Park. Hikers will follow the path of an old railroad line out to Camp Alice, where loggers toiled in the early 1900s and were replaced a few years later by tourists visiting the newly-created state park.

Heads Up- New Changes- Sat., Sept. 21

If you've been watching the weather forecast then you know we're likely to have plenty of rain and possibly thunderstorms tomorrow, especially during the afternoon. We've decided to lower our expectations of what we can accomplish, yet still get a hike in tomorrow.

NC High Peaks Trail Association Board Meeting, Friday September 20

Please join us at 9 AM on Friday, September 20 for our monthly 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!


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