High Peaks Leads April 1 Hike on Overmountain Victory Trail

Experienced hikers in top condition are invited to join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Friday, April 1 for a strenuous hike on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.

The 9.5-mile outing is rated as Very Difficult and should not be attempted by novice hikers. It will take hikers across Yellow Mountain Gap from North Carolina into Tennessee and back, following in the footsteps of Revolutionary War patriots who won the decisive battle of King’s Mountain in 1780.

Meet in the parking lot of the Rose’s Shopping Center in Burnsville at 8:30 a.m. in the corner overlooking the traffic light on Highway 19E. The group will use Yancey Transportation vans for a donation of $5 per person. No dogs are allowed on the vans so if you want to bring your leashed pooch you must provide your own transportation.

Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, hiking poles if you use them, warm clothes and foul weather gear if the forecast calls for them.

The group will be limited to a dozen. Contact Hike Leader Dennis Smith at 828-284-4000 or dennissmith4141@gmail.com for more information or to reserve your spot.

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