NC High Peaks Leads Historic Hike on Mt. Mitchell Sunday, Aug. 28


Be a part of history and join the NC High Peaks Trail Association to celebrate the Centennial of Mount Mitchell State Park by taking a loop hike around Mt. Mitchell on Sunday, August 28. This 6-mile jaunt is rated as moderately strenuous, but should offer tremendous views from the highest peaks in the Eastern U.S.

The hike will first descend from the Mt. Mitchell summit to Camp Alice for a short history talk about the origins of the State Park. We will then proceed along the Buncombe Horse Range Trail and climb back to the ridgeline on the Big Tom Trail to join the Black Mountain Crest Trail.  On the homeward stretch we will climb Big Tom and Mt. Craig as we return to our starting point at the summit parking lot.

Hikers will meet on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation to and from Mt. Mitchell will be provided in a Yancey County van for a $5 donation, reservations required.  Hikers have the option of meeting the group at the Mt. Mitchell summit parking lot at 10 am.

Please bring lunch, plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and a light jacket or rain gear depending on the forecast. Leashed pets are allowed on the hike but not on county vans, so if you bring your pet you’ll need to provide your own transportation and meet us at the summit parking lot.

This year is the 100th anniversary of Mt. Mitchell State Park, the first NC state park.  Our hike is part of the Centennial Celebration of this historic milestone.

Contact hike leader John Whitehouse at (828-682-3217) or e-mail by Thursday, August 25 to reserve your seat on the van. Please check the High Peaks Facebook page or website,, for last-minute changes due to weather.