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. 

High Peaks Leads Easy, Scenic Stroll June 9

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for an easy stroll along the Laurel River in Madison County on Wednesday, June 9.

This outing is open to the public but limited to 12 hikers, and is one of the less-challenging ventures the club offers in hopes of engaging folks who may be new to hiking or are trying to “get back into shape.” Although rocky, the trail is nearly level. The hike is an “out-and-back,” so hikers can turn around at any point.

High Peaks Kicks Off Summer Hikes with Mt. Mitchell Loop Friday, June 4

After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, High Peaks is moving into the summer with a full slate of recreational hikes, starting Friday, June 4 with a strenuous loop hike at Mt. Mitchell.

Weather Station Repaired

This pic shows our anemometer (for wind speed and direction), radio and webcam on top of the Classroom Building at Mount Mitchell SP.  We fixed the system on Wednesday by replacing a broken wire to the radio.  The webcam and weather station are now back in operation.  You can view it on the HP website at:
https://nchighpeaks.org/davis/index.html

High Peaks 2020 Annual Meeting

On Saturday, October 17 NC High Peaks held our Annual Meeting via Zoom to update members and friends on what we've been doing over the past year. Selected slides from the presentation are featured on this page. We also elected four board members:

Jake Blood

Russ Oates (re-elected)

Carolyn Raichle

John Whitehouse (re-elected)

Board members Nancy Fitzgibbon, Duke Rose and Martin Stankus are in the middle of their two-year terms.

If you have any questions feel free to e-mail us at trails@nchighpeaks.org.

September/October Newsletter

While our group hiking program is suspended, we thought it might be a good idea to bring our members and friends up-to-date on what NC High Peaks has accomplished recently and over our ten year history.  Please take a minute to read the attached newsletter.  The subject for this issue is the Black Mountains and our Trail Maintenance activities.  Check it out!

July/August Newsletter

While our group hiking program is suspended, we thought it might be a good idea to bring our members and friends up-to-date on what NC High Peaks has accomplished recently.  Please take a minute to read the attached newsletter.  The subject for this issue is our role as the Friends of Mount Mitchell State Park.  High Peaks has worked closely with the Park to enhance visitor experience and to provide an expanded internet presence.  Check it out!

July/August Newsletter

US Forest Service and Blue Ridge Parkway Closures

As reported in Wednesday's Asheville newspaper the US Forest Service has closed virtually all hiking trails in the Pisgah National Forest including all three ranger districts (Appalachian, Grandfather and Pisgah). See the complete list of trails at:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nfsnc/news-events/…

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