Hike Peaks Leads Hike to Historic Cattail Mine July 2

Hike POSTPONED until Friday, July 9 due to weather.  Please contact the hike leader to confirm you will be joining the hike.

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Friday, July 2 for an adventurous hike to the old Isom Mica Mine on the flanks of the Black Mountains above the Cattail community.

Opened in the late 1800s, the deep-shaft mine operated as late as the 1950s, and features a 100-foot vertical drop at the entrance, along with a horizontal water release shaft that opens on the mountain face several hundred feet below. An excellent history of the mine can be found online at: Cattail Mine - Streeter (mcrocks.com).

This is a strenuous hike of 6 to 10 miles (the group will decide exactly how far they want to go after reaching the mine) with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet. Meet at the parking lot across from Cattail Creek Community Center at 9 a.m. No van transportation will be provided.

Bring hiking poles if you use them, lunch, snacks, plenty of water and rain gear just in case. Leashed dogs are allowed on the hike.

For more information, contact Hike Leader Dennis Smith at 828-284-4000 or dennissmith4141@gmail.com.

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

Photo Info: Hikers will get views like this from the old Isom Mine above the Cattail community on the July 2 hike.