High Peaks Sets Wildflower and Birding Strolls for Sunday, April 27


Celebrate spring by getting outside with the High Peaks Trail Association, which has three separate strolls planned for April 27, two for birding and one for wildflowers.

The day begins at Cane River Park with a birding stroll at 8 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them and meet at the park for an exploration of four different habitats that are within easy walking distance on fairly level ground. The club will also lead a second birding stroll at the park at 5 p.m. For more information, contact hike leaders Bob and Laura at 683-3733.

For wildflower lovers, join High Peaks for an easy, level stroll at the Dorothy Thomas Memorial Trail, a magnificent garden located in the South Toe River Valley. Space for this event is limited to 15, so please call or email Cynthia Blood at 678-0755 or cynthiarawls@hotmail.com to reserve your place. Participants should meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 1 p.m. No dogs allowed at this event, which will cost $5 per person to cover the use of a Yancey County Transportation van.

For all three events, please check the club’s website, www.nchighpeaks.org, or Facebook page for last-minute changes due to weather.

As an historical note, the Dorothy Thomas Memorial Trail is dedicated to a well-known local librarian who drove the region’s first bookmobile beginning in 1948. “Miss Dorothy,” as she was known, would drive the converted ¾-ton Chevy panel truck two days each week in all weather to the most remote corners of Yancey, Mitchell and Avery counties. Her exceptional dedication earned the trust and admiration of readers throughout the mountains.