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.
Craggy Pinnacle, with 360 degree views from atop its 5892 foot summit, will be the destination of the May 26 NC High Peaks Sunday Stroll.
Participants should meet at 1:00 p.m. on the Burnsville Town Square for carpooling. Enjoy a drive on Forest Service roads and the Blue Ridge Parkway to and from Craggy Pinnacle.
The stroll involves a 250 foot elevation gain and is a total of one mile in length. The group should return to the Town Square by 5 p.m. Bring good strolling shoes and plenty of water.
NOTE: There will NOT be a Board meeting in May. Please join us at 9 AM on Friday, June 14 for our monthly 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!
Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Saturday, May 4 to hike the historical Mt. Mitchell Toll Road. Hikers should meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:45 to be shuttled to the trailhead just off the Blue Ridge Parkway about one-quarter mile north of the turnoff to Mt. Mitchell State Park. Please bring $5 per hiker to cover the cost of transportation.
Wildflowers are springing forth! Come see expert Scott Dean from the Asheville Arboretum speak and give a presentation on local wildflowers! The event will be Saturday, April 27 at 1:00pm at the Yancey County Library, free to all. Refreshments after the brief followed by an optional trip (requested $10 donation and RSVP) to a beautiful garden, the Dorothy Thomas Memorial Nature Trail!
Join in celebrating the restoration of the Green Knob Fire Tower this Saturday, April 20 at 12-noon at the Green Knob Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Mile 350.4). A short ceremony featuring Peter Barr with the North Carolina Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association and Lloyd Allen, a fire tower expert who restored the Snow Ball Fire Tower in Buncombe County and whose father served as a lookout on the Green Knob Fire Tower. A short, quarter-mile hike up to the Fire Tower will follow the ceremony.
We'll meet on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 am or at the gate to FS road 278 on White Oak Flats Road at 9:15. We will perform trail maintenance (lopping and down tree removal) while hiking 2.5 miles in with a 1000-foot elevation drop. We'll have lunch in Lost Cove and visit the cemetery on the land the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy recently acquired. Then we'll hike back up the 1000-feet and 2.5 miles to the trail head on FS road 278 below Joe Louis Fields.
Please join us at 9 AM on Friday, April 12 for our monthly 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!
NC High Peaks Trail Association is planning a three-day work period centered on Black Mountain Campground. Jake Blood is organizing the work and we will clear at least a half-dozen trails. We also plan to apply stain to the deck and railings of the recently restored Green Knob Lookout Tower.