High Peaks Plans Two Appalachian Trail Hikes September 2


Extend your summer of fun by joining the NC High Peaks Trail Association for either of two hikes on the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, September 2. This hike was originally scheduled in August but was postponed due to inclement weather.

The more challenging hike will travel 11.2 miles from Erwin, TN to Spivey Gap. This extremely strenuous hike is only for very fit, experienced hikers. It will include a 2,000-foot climb but will offer spectacular views into the Nolichucky River Gorge.

The more moderate hike will start at Spivey Gap and climb about 1,100 feet to High Rocks, where hikers will have lunch and also enjoy tremendous views. They will then return to Spivey Gap for an overall distance of 4 miles. Hikers on this
trek can turn around at any point and return to Spivey Gap.

Hikers for both adventures should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided in a Yancey County van for a $5 per person donation, reservations required by Thursday, Aug. 10. No pets are
allowed on the vans so if you want to bring your leashed dog you must provide your own transportation. Contact the hike leader about where to meet.

Bring plenty of water, snacks, lunch, hiking poles and rain gear in case of bad weather.

To make your reservation, contact Hike Leader Jake Blood
at nchighpeaks@gmail.com or 284-6878 for either hike.

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