Come join us explore the majestic Black Mountains and scenic Toe River Valley of Western North Carolina


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. 

Birding Stroll

05/28/2016 9:00 am

Join the High Peaks Birders for our second birding stroll of the spring on Saturday, May 28th at Cane River Park.  We will meet at 9am in the main parking lot near the kiosk.  Last month we found 36 species of birds in about one and one half hours.  This month we expect to find many mated pairs, nest building, and with luck a few fledglings.

Celebrate National Trails Day with Mt. Mitchell Loop Hike June 4

06/04/2016 8:30 am
Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a celebration of National Trails Day by taking a loop hike around Mt. Mitchell on Saturday, June 4. This 6-mile jaunt is rated as moderate to difficult, but should offer tremendous views from the highest peak in the Eastern U.S.
Hikers will meet on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation to and from Mt.

High Peaks Leads Black Mountains Hike May 7

05/07/2016 8:30 am

Hikers with tough feet and an appetite for challenges should join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for an 11-mile jaunt from Mt. Mitchell to the Cattail Community on Sat., May 7. This will be a very strenuous hike with several thousand feet of cumulative elevation change.

High Peaks Explores Lost Cove April 16

04/16/2016 8:30 am

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will lead hikers into the historic abandoned community of Lost Cove on Saturday, April 16. Settled during or shortly after the Civil War, Lost Cove is nestled above the Nolichucky River, and can only be reached on foot.

This strenuous hike of about 7.5 miles will descend about 1,200 feet in elevation to visit the Lost Cove ruins, buildings and cemetery, followed by a 1,200-foot climb back to our starting point. 

High Peaks Birders General Meeting April 1

04/01/2016 6:00 pm

TIME CHANGE!! Cookout at Black Mountain Campground on Saturday, March 19

03/19/2016 3:00 pm

Hello all!
Just an update on details of the HP work weekend cookout this coming Saturday.  The cookout will start at NOON.  We are having the cookout earlier due to the forecast of rain in the afternoon.

NC High Peaks Board Meeting Thursday, March 17

03/17/2016 9:00 am

Please join the High Peaks Board for our regular meeting at 9 AM on Thursday, March 17 at Appalachian Java on West Main St.  Hiking and the upcoming trail work days at Black Mountain Campground will be on the agenda.  We will also have a report on preparations for the Centennial Celebration of Mount Mitchell State Park scheduled for August.  Come share a cup of green Irish coffee with us!

OWLS Meeting

03/22/2016 9:00 am

All are welcome to our next planning meeting at Appalacian Java at 9 am on Tuesday, March 22nd.

Birding Stroll

04/30/2016 9:00 am

Join us at Cane River Park at 9 am for our first birding stroll of the spring.  Bring a pair of binoculars and dress for the weather.  We will go rain or shine if at all possible.  Meet in the large parking lot next to the soccer field near the kiosk. For more information call  828-682-3733

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