Join High Peaks for a Mt. Mitchell Hike May 5


Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a fun hike May 5 from the summit of Mt. Mitchell down to an historic railroad grade that once carried timber and tourists from the highest peak in the eastern U.S.

The 4.5-mile jaunt will be all downhill, dropping about 1,300 feet in elevation and ending where the Mountains-to-Sea Trail crosses Highway 128, about a mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Highlights include the summit tower, Camp Alice and the old Perley and Crockett Lumber Co. railroad grade/toll road, which dates back about 100 years.

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 per hiker, reservations required by the evening of Thursday, May 3. Leashed dogs are welcome on the hike but not on the vans, so if you plan to bring your pet you must arrange your own transportation.

Bring warm clothes, rain gear, lunch, snacks, plenty of water and hiking poles if you use them. The hike is rated as moderately strenuous with some rocky sections, a couple of creek crossings and some wet, muddy sections. Do bring lots of layers as the wind and temperature on Mt. Mitchell can be surprisingly brisk.

For more information and to reserve your seat on the van, contact Hike Leader John Whitehouse at 682-3217 or This hike is one of a number that counts toward the new High Peaks Black Mountains Hiking Challenge.

Please check the club’s Facebook page or website,, for more details about the Challenge and for news of a last-minute cancellation due to bad weather.

PHOTO INFO: Hikers will visit the site of Camp Alice, shown in this historic postcard, during the May 5 hike. Although the buildings are gone they will hike along the railroad grade that once carried tourists and timber from Mt. Mitchell.