Join High Peaks for a high-altitude hike in Madison County on Friday, Oct. 13 when the club tackles a section of the Appalachian Trail that crosses a spectacular high ridge known as Firescald. Hikers should be treated to a full display of fall colors and stunning long-range views in all directions.

The 5-mile hike begins at Jones Meadow on the NC/TN border and remains relatively flat, although hikers will traverse rocky outcrops, rough stone steps and do a bit of scrambling over rock boulders. Bring lunch, layers of clothing, a windbreaker, hat, and rain gear, as well as plenty of water.

Hikers will assemble in Burnsville at the Rose’s Shopping Center parking lot on the corner overlooking US 19E at 8:30 a.m. We will take a county van for a donation of $5 per person, reservations required. The drive to the trailhead will take at least an hour each way. 

While leashed dogs are welcome on High Peaks outings, pets are not allowed on county vans, so if you want to bring your dog you’ll need to arrange your own transportation. We should return to Burnsville by 4:30 p.m.

 For more information or to book a seat on the van, contact hike leader Jimmie Bowen at 252-450-5224 or

View from Firescald