High Peaks Leads Two Hikes for National Trails Day June 2


Celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2 by joining the NC High Peaks Trail Association for one of two hikes near Mt. Mitchell.

A strenuous hike of 4.6 miles will climb 6,320-foot Blackstock Knob as hikers go from Mt. Mitchell Road off the Blue Ridge Parkway to Walker Knob Overlook. This hike will involve a climb of around 1,000 feet but offers tremendous views from the high ridge.


The less strenuous hike will start with a 2-mile jaunt from the Parkway to Blue Ridge Pinnacle, a climb of about 500 feet that offers great views. Hikers will then return via a loop to the Parkway and proceed down the Bald Knob Ridge Trail, a distance of about 2.8 miles with a descent of about 1,500 feet.

The Blackstock Knob and Bald Ridge Knob hikes are both part of the new High Peaks Black Mountains Hiking Challenge, which offers a patch for hikers who complete a list of challenging hikes in the Blacks. Details about hiking the Challenge can be found on the High Peaks website.

Hikers for both outings should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided in Yancey County Transportation vans for a donation of $5, reservations required. Leashed dogs are allowed on the hikes but not on the vans, so if you want to bring your pooch you must provide your own transportation.

Bring snacks, lunch, water, sturdy hiking boots and poles if you use them, and of course rain gear and even a light jacket as the weather on the Blacks is unpredictable.

For more information or to make your reservation for the van for the strenuous hike, contact Hike Leader Dennis Smith at 284-4000 or dennissmith4141@gmail.com. For the less strenuous hike, contact Hike Leader John Whitehouse at 682-3217 or trails@nchighpeaks.org.

Van reservations are required by the evening of Thursday, May 31. As always, check the High Peaks Facebook page or website, www.nchighpeaks.org, for last-minute changes due to weather.

Photo Caption: Hikers will get views like this one from Blue Ridge Pinnacle if they join High Peaks for one of two hikes to celebrate National Trail Days on Saturday, June 2.