Come Join Us Exploring the Majestic Black Mountains and Scenic Toe River Valley of Western North Carolina

Hiking in the Black Mountains and Toe River Valley near Burnsville, North Carolina is a very rewarding experience. The area has a wide variety of terrain to explore ranging from lush river valleys to majestic mountain ridges.  At  6,684 foot elevation, Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi. 

Jennifer Pharr Davis to be First Completer of the Appalachian High Route

Jennifer Pharr Davis to be First Completer of the Appalachian High Route Sunday, May 8 at the Burnsville Town Square at 2:30pm. Come Cheer Her On!!

May 6, 2022 BURNSVILLE, NC – One rainy day in downtown Burnsville, Jake Blood and Jennifer Pharr Davis sat on the porch of the Nu Wray Hotel talking about hiking, trails in Yancey County, and dreaming about something bigger.

Jake, a Yancey County resident, is the chair of the Burnsville-Yancey Chamber Travel and Tourism Committee and Co-Founder of NC High Peaks Trail Association.

High Peaks Birders Host Migrating Bird Stroll May 13

Celebrate the return of our migrant birds with High Peaks Birders!

The public is invited to observe migrating birds moving through and feeding in the forest edge at Ridge Junction Turnout (Milepost 355.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway) on Friday, May 13. Each spring, millions of birds sweep north through the Appalachian forests from their wintering areas in Central and South America enroute to their northern breeding areas.

High Peaks Leads Geology Hike to Ray Mine May 12

High Peaks Leads Geology Hike to Ray Mine May 12

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Thursday, May 12 for a fun and educational trip to the Ray Mine, an outing that will be led by retired Geology Professor Bill Miller. The mica mine was operated on-and-off from 1867 until the 1940s.

Lost Cove Hike Set for May 6

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will lead hikers into the historic abandoned community of Lost Cove on Friday, May 6. Settled during or shortly after the Civil War, Lost Cove is nestled above the Nolichucky River, and can only be reached on foot.

High Peaks Leads Lake James Hike April 28

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Thursday, April 28 for a pleasant hike at Lake James near Marion.  The hike will feature visits to three historic cemeteries in the park.

High Peaks Leads April 1 Hike on Overmountain Victory Trail

Experienced hikers in top condition are invited to join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Friday, April 1 for a strenuous hike on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.

Mt. Mitchell State Park Hiring Summer Workers

Spend your summer surrounded by stunning views amid cool temperatures high atop the tallest mountain in the Eastern U.S. by hiring on as a summer seasonal worker for Mt. Mitchell State Park.

High Peaks Leads Crabtree Falls Hike March 11

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a fun hike to scenic Crabtree Falls on Friday, March 11.

The four-mile jaunt will start on at Victor Fields and includes a 1,000-foot climb that is very steep in places. Trail footing is very rough and rocky in other places, so this hike is not for those in poor condition or who are unsteady on their feet.

High Peaks Leads Colbert Ridge Hike March 4

Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association on Friday, March 4 for a strenuous hike up the Colbert Ridge Trail, with a possible side excursion to Locust Falls.

The 7-mile outing will include a climb of 2,000 feet and should only be attempted by experienced hikers in excellent condition.

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