High Peaks Leads Appalachian Trail Hikes July 1


Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for some holiday fun on Saturday July 1 as the group leads two hikes on the Appalachian Trail, both offering dramatic views of the Nolichucky River Gorge.

The longer hike for experienced hikers only will traverse a challenging 10.6 miles with 2,700 feet of elevation change (mostly downhill), from Beauty Spot to Chestoa, near Erwin, TN. The moderate hike will travel about 5 miles with about 1,000 feet of climbing, starting from and returning to Chestoa, with hikers able to return to the starting point at any time.

Hikers should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided in a Yancey County van for a $5 donation, reservations required by Thursday evening, June 29. Dogs are not allowed on the vans, so if you want to bring your leashed pet on the hike you must provide your own transportation.

Bring sturdy hiking boots or shoes, hiking poles if you have them, plenty of water, snacks and lunch, along with rain gear. Hikers should also consider bringing insect repellent with DEET because the ticks are reportedly bad this year because of the mild winter.

For the long hike, contact Hike Leader Dennis Smith at 284-4000 or dennissmith4141@gmail.com to make your reservations. For the moderate hike, contact Hike Leader John Whitehouse at 682-3217 or trails@nchighpeaks.org.

As always, please check the High Peaks Facebook page or website, www.nchighpeaks.org, for last-minute changes due to weather. If the hike is rained out we’ll try again on Saturday July 8.