High Peaks Leads Hike Over Blackstock Knob Sept. 17


With Autumn soon approaching Yancey County’s higher elevations, the NC High Peaks Trail Association will lead a hike over 6,320-foot Blackstock Knob on Saturday, Sept. 17.This difficult trek of 5 miles will include a climb and descent of more than 1,000 feet, some of it over rough rock steps that can be slippery if wet.

Hikers should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided in a Yancey County van for a donation of $5.  Pets are not allowed on the vans so if you want to bring your leashed dog you must provide your own transportation. 

The hike will begin where the Mountains-to-Sea Trail intersects Highway 128 (Mt. Mitchell Road), with the group arriving there in the van about 9:30 a.m. The hike will end around 3 p.m. at the Balsam Gap/Walker Knob Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, where the van will pick up the hikers for the ride back to town.

Please bring plenty of water, snacks, a lunch and clothing for changeable weather, as it is often cool, windy and wet at high elevations. Hiking poles are strongly recommended on this hike because the footing is very poor at times. The group should return to Burnsville around 4 p.m.

You must RSVP to reserve a seat on the van by contacting hike leader Jake Blood at 828-284-6878 or nchighpeaks@gmail.com. First-timers for a High Peaks hike are also required to contact the hike leader to discuss their experience and fitness levels.

As always, please check the High Peaks website, www.nchighpeaks.org, or Facebook page for last-minute changes due to weather.