High Peaks Hike Celebrates Mountains-to-Sea Trail Anniversary With Hike Sept. 9


Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Sept. 9 in a statewide celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail as the club leads a pleasant hike over an historic section of this famous trail.

The outing will be part of “Hike the MST Day,” in which hikers from across North Carolina will attempt to collectively walk the entire length of the 1,175-mile path, which stretches from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks. Dozens of groups and individuals will each walk a section of the trail as part of the Anniversary Celebration.

The High Peaks segment stretches 4.5 miles from Craven Gap to Rattlesnake Lodge, a moderate walk without a lot of elevation gain. A highlight will be visiting the ruins of the lodge, an elaborate summer home built about 100 years ago by a prominent Asheville physician, who constructed a swimming pool, tennis court and water-powered electricity-generation station as part of his rural estate.

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, with reservations for spots on the van required by Thursday evening, Sept. 7. Dogs are not allowed on the vans so if you want to bring your leashed pet you must provide your own transportation.

Bring water, snacks, lunch, hiking poles and foul weather gear in case of cool or rainy weather. Hikers should return to Burnsville by around 3 p.m.

Contact Hike Leader Susan Weller at 284-8505 or info@nchighpeaks.org for more information and to make your reservation. As always, check the High Peaks Facebook page or website,www.nchighpeaks.org, for last-minute changes due to the weather.