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. 

High Peaks Moonlight Stroll to Green Knob Fire Tower June 27 CANCELED

06/27/2015 8:00 pm

Moonlight Hike to Green Knob Fire Tower CANCELED!  

Sorry folks but with a 70% chance of thunderstorms this evening we don't want to be up on a metal tower.  Hike will be rescheduled in late summer or early fall.

Please join NC High Peaks on Saturday, June 27 for an unusual stroll.  We will be returning to Green Knob Fire Tower but this time we plan an evening visit! 

OWLS Meeting

07/07/2015 9:00 am

All are welcome to our next planning meeting at Appalachian Java in Burnsville at 9 am.  Come on out and find out what we are hooting about!  The success of High Peaks Birders depends on input from all members.  

Birding Stroll at Cane River Park

06/28/2015 6:00 pm

We are in our second year of offering Birding Strolls at Cane River Park.  It continues to yield a large variety of birds.  Our last stroll was attended by 17 birders of all levels of experience.  We found 22 species including a great display of a Kingbird defending his (or her) nest from a Robin and a Baltimore Oriole. 

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.

Birding Field Trip to a Piedmont Prairie

06/19/2015 8:45 am


We will travel to the Piedmont Prairie at the McDowell Nature Center and Preserve in Mecklenburg County just south of Charlotte.  


NC High Peaks Trail Maintenance Day SATURDAY, June 20

06/20/2015 8:30 am

For this month's trail maintenance day we will work around Black Mountain Campground on a variety of tasks.  There is lopping and weed-eating to do and some downed trees to remove.  Exactly which trail/tasks we work on will depend on how large a crew we have.  We may also work on some water issues on the Devil's Den trail.  

High Peaks Leads Stroll at Carvers Gap June 21

06/21/2015 1:00 pm

Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for an easy stroll at Carvers Gap near Roan Mountain on Sunday June 21, when the high country’s rhododendron bloom should be on full display.

High Peaks Board Meeting on Thursday, June 11

06/11/2015 9:00 am

Everyone is welcome to join the HP Board at our next regular Board meeting to be held at Appalachian Java on West Main St. at 9 am on Thursday, June 11.  Besides our regular discussion of hike schedules, trail maintenance and Mt. Mitchell activities we will also hear news about a grant High Peaks just received to help us plan a connector trail from Burnsville to the Black Mountain Crest Trail.  Come have a cup of coffee and a bagel with us!

Volunteers Build Footbridge for Mountains-to-Sea Trail

By Mike Williams

More than a dozen volunteers from two Western North Carolina hiking clubs recently completed construction of a rustic, sturdy 27-foot long footbridge where the Mountains-to-Sea Trail crosses Neal’s Creek near the Black Mountain Campground.

High Peaks Leads Hike to Little Hump Mountain June 6

06/06/2015 8:30 am

Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association June 6 for a fun but strenuous hike to Little Hump Mountain. This grassy bald north of Roan Mountain offers fantastic views, wild flowers and hopefully some early blooming rhododendron.

Hikers should assemble at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided in a Yancey County van for a $5 fee, reservations required. Dogs are not allowed on the vans so if you want to bring your leashed pet you must provide your own transportation.

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