Spend Earth Day Volunteering at Mt. Mitchell State Park Apr 22

Celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22nd high atop the tallest mountain in the Eastern U.S. by joining in a spring clean-up work day at Mount Mitchell State Park.

Any and all are invited to help remove trash and metal from an old dump site on Commissary Ridge near the junction of the park’s two most popular hiking trails, the Commissary Trail and the Mount Mitchell Trail.

Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, sturdy footwear, snacks, water, lunch and layers of clothing because temperatures on Mt. Mitchell can often be surprisingly cold.

High Peaks Leads Celo-Area Hike April 21

Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for a special treat April 21 as long-time South Toe hiker Randy Raskin leads a five-mile jaunt around the Celo Community. This mostly flat hike should come as Spring is fully upon us.

The hike is rated as moderate and will proceed through pastures, woodlands, old road beds and creek-side trails. If the weather is clear it should offer some of the best views of the Black Mountains available in the South Toe River valley.

Birding and Hike to Green Knob Fire Tower

Attention: Hikers and Birders!

We will have the opportunity to observe migrating birds from the deck of the Green Knob Fire Tower on Saturday, April 14.   The tower will be open from 8-Noon.  The spring migration should be well under way by then and the weather should be getting springy as well. 

High Peaks Birders Host Open House at Green Knob Fire Tower April 14

Join the High Peaks Birders for a special treat on Saturday, April 14 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 Noon.

High Peaks Holds Two Mt Mitchell Hikes April 28

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for one of two adventurous hikes on Mt. Mitchell on Saturday, April 28. The hikes have been repeatedly postponed due to weather and road closures.

The strenuous hike will start at the Black Mountain Campground and climb 6 miles and 3,700 feet to the summit of the East’s highest peak, while the easier hike will start at the Mt. Mitchell State Park Ranger office and proceed about 4.3 miles to the summit, climbing about 700 feet.

Annual Spring Cleanup Set for March 30 & 31

Please join High Peaks for our annual Spring Cleanup around Black Mountain Campground that will take place Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31. We will be starting each day at 9:30 a.m. and will finish no later than 3 p.m.

Come for one or both days or just a half day.  Meet crew leader John Whitehouse (682-3217) at the kiosk across from Black Mountain Campground at 9:30.   If you need to arrive later call or e-mail (trails@nchighpeaks.org) John and he will arrange for someone to meet you.

High Peaks Leads Two Mt. Mitchell Hikes CANCELLED

We have cancelled this hike due to the closure of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Sorry for the inconvenience! We will reschedule this hike later this year.

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for one of two adventurous hikes on Mt. Mitchell on Saturday, March 24. Both hikes will offer tremendous views from the summit of the East’s highest mountain.

High Peaks Board Meeting, Thursday January 11

All members and the public are welcome to join the NC High Peaks Board of Directors for our next meeting on Thursday, January 11 at 9 am.  We will be meeting upstairs at Appalachian Java on West Main St.  Topics include hike and trail maintenance planning as well as activities related to Mt. Michell Satate Park are the Blue Ridge Parkway.

“First Day” Hike up Moody Mountain CANCELLED due to icy conditions

Start your New Year off right by joining the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association Jan. 1 for a brisk adventure climbing Moody Mountain and exploring lands that are planned to be added to Mt. Mitchell State Park.

This outing will be part of the annual statewide “First Day Hikes” sponsored by the NC Department of Parks and Recreation and held in state parks across North Carolina to promote physical fitness and outdoor activities.

Hike POSTPONED due to weather!

The AT hikes scheduled for this Saturday have been postponed until Saturday, Dec. 16 due to the weather forecast.  All other details are the samw.  See previous announcement.


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