This Saturday: High Peaks Leads Stroll at Tennessee’s Newest State Park


Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a relaxed stroll and a glimpse of spring flowers at Tennessee’s newest state park, Rocky Fork, on Saturday, May 25.

This will be the first time the club has hiked at this park, which is situated along picturesque Rocky Fork Creek just across the Tennessee border a few miles from Interstate 26. Strollers will visit the scene of an Indian massacre dating to the Revolutionary War era.

The hike is rated as easy, with little elevation change, although there may be a wet creek crossing. Local expert John Beaudet will serve as guide – he has helped push for the new park’s development and has been instrumental in building its hiking trails.

Strollers should meet on the Burnsville Town Square at 9:15 a.m. They may arrange carpools or ride on a Yancey Transportation van for a donation of $5, reservations required. Dogs are not allowed on the vans, so if you want to bring your leashed pet you must provide your own transportation. Plan to arrive at the park by 10:30 a.m.

Bring water, snacks, rain gear, hiking poles if you use them and sandals or light shoes for the creek crossing. You might also want a plastic bag to put them in once the crossing is done and you change back into your hiking shoes or boots.

For more information or to reserve your seat on the van, contact Hike Leader John Whitehouse at 682-3217 or Van reservations must be made by Thursday, May 23 before 6 p.m. Those providing their own transportation can find directions at:

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

Photo info: Photo courtesy of Tennessee State Parks. Hikers will see gorgeous Rocky Fork Creek on the High Peaks excursion to Tennessee's newest state park on May 25.