Hiking in the Black Mountains and Toe River Valley near Burnsville, North Carolina is a very rewarding experience. The area has a wide variety of terrain to explore ranging from lush river valleys to majestic mountain ridges. At 6,684 foot elevation, Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi.
The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association invites hikers and outdoors lovers to a work day on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail near the Black Mountain Campground on Nov. 1, to be followed by an Appreciation Cook-out provided by the U.S. Forest Service’s Appalachian Ranger District.
Volunteers should assemble at the trailhead kiosk across from the entrance to the Black Mountain Campground at 10 a.m. Please bring sturdy boots, work gloves and warm clothes. Tools will be provided. The crew will be working a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail that runs from the campground to Neal’s Creek.
The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will hold its annual meeting Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. in the Community Room on the second floor of the Yancey County Library. Members and the general public are invited to attend.
The program will include presentations on club activities of the past year, election of Board members and plans for the upcoming year.
Join the High Peaks Trail Association Sunday, October 26 for a fun stroll to the Green Knob Fire Tower located near the Blue Ridge Parkway. This moderate stroll or easy hike is only 1/4 mile each way. The trail climbs 300 feet from the overlook to the fire tower.
Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a birding stroll at Cane River Park on Oct. 25. This park offers the opportunity to see a wide variety of species, including mammals, so bring binoculars if you have them and even an extra pair to share.
The High Peaks Trail Association will lead one of its most challenging – and rewarding – hikes of the year when the club takes on the Black Mountain Crest Trail on Oct. 18. The outing will be followed by a pot luck supper and party in the Cattail Community.
The 8-mile jaunt will begin at Mt. Mitchell, proceed down to Deep Gap and then descend steeply to the Cattail Community. Only seasoned hikers should consider joining because the 3,000-foot descent will be tough on the knees.
Please join us at 9 AM on Friday, October 10 for our regular Board Meeting All members and visitors are welcome. Location: Appalachian Java on West Main St. in Burnsville. Come share a cup of coffee and see what we're up to! We always welcome input on our hiking and trail maintenance activities. This month we will begin planning our hike schedule for 2015. If you can't make the meeting send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with hikes you'd like the club to do.
Join High Peaks on Saturday, October 4 for some early fall color when we hike the Big Butt Trail from Balsam Gap on the Parkway to Cane River Gap. This 5.6-mile trek descends about 1,500 feet, but also has a few significant climbs, including a long stairway up Little Butt. The climb is worth the effort, though, for the spectacular view of the Black Mountain chain from Little Butt.
Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a birding stroll at Cane River Park on Sunday, Sept. 28. This park offers the opportunity to see a wide variety of species, including mammals, so bring binoculars if you have them and even an extra pair to share. Please dress for the weather – we’ll be going rain or shine.
Meet at the park near the kiosk in the main parking lot for the stroll, which begins at 5 p.m. We will explore four different habitats in off-the-beaten-path parts of the park, walking about one mile over the course of about 90 minutes to two hours.
Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a jaunt over spectacular Roan Mountain on Sept. 20. This difficult 6.3-mile hike will reward hikers with great views from the top of one of the region’s signature peaks.