High Peaks Leads Roan High Knob Hikes April 1


Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association Saturday, April 1 for one of two hikes on the Appalachian Trail that will summit Roan High Knob, one of the region’s signature peaks.

The more challenging hike will start at Carver’s Gap, proceed over the Roan High Knob and then descend steeply to Hughes Gap. The overall distance is 6.6 miles and the hike is rated as very strenuous, mainly because it includes a descent of about 2,000 feet, which can be punishing on the knees.

The shorter hike will also start at Carver’s gap and climb about 700 feet to Roan High Knob, a distance of just under 2 miles. Hikers will have the option of continuing another mile or so to the old hotel site and Rhododendron Garden or returning to Carver’s Gap.

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, reservations required by Thursday, March 30. No pets are allowed on the vans, so you must provide your own transportation if you plan to bring your leashed dog along.

Bring warm clothes and rain gear, hiking poles, lunch and plenty of water.

To reserve your spot on the longer hike, contact Hike Leader Dennis Smith at dennissmith4141@gmail.com or 828.284.4000. To reserve a spot on the shorter hike, contact Hike Leader John Whitehouse at 828.682.3217 or trails@nchighpeaks.org. You must reserve your spot by March 30.