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.
If you want to get in shape before the upcoming holiday season of over-indulgence, join the High Peaks Trail Association for a jaunt from Buck Creek Gap to Neal's Creek.
This 6-mile hike is rated moderate. We will follow the Mountains-to-Sea trail from where it crosses South Highway 80, paralleling the Blue Ridge Parkway before descending to Neal's Creek near the Black Mountain Campground.
Our Third Annual Meeting of the ncHPta membership will be Saturday, December 7 at 10 AM in the Community Room on the second floor of the NEW Yancey County Library (321 School Circle, across from the Parkway Playhouse) in Burnsville, NC. We have moved the meeting to the morning so as not to conflict with the Burnsville Town Holiday Parade scheduled fo 3 PM. Come join us for the meeting and then have plenty of time for lunch in town and to see the parade!
Join the High Peaks Trail Association at Burnsville Wine and… on Saturday Nov. 23 for a celebration of the Beaujolais Nouveau, or first wines of the 2013 harvest. The event is free and will run from 4 to 7 p.m.
Please join us at 9 AM on Friday, November 22 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! We will be planning hikes for next year. Let us know what hikes you would like to see and if perhaps you might lead one.
Spectacular views will be the reward for hikers joining High Peaks Trail Association for a Nov. 2 outing to Beauty Spot and Unaka Mountain. The strenuous hike of about 6 miles will include a climb and descent of roughly 1,000 feet.
The hike will traverse a series of balds beginning at Beauty Spot, then proceed steeply up Unaka Mountain before branching off on Red Fork Road to take in the superb views from the Unaka Mountain Overlook. We will then backtrack our path, returning to Beauty Spot.
Join High Peaks for a high altitude hike in Madison County Oct. 12 when the club tackles a section of the Appalachian Trail that crosses a spectacular high ridge known as Firescald. Good leaf color and stunning long-range views in all directions should greet hikers; legend has it that in clear weather one can see the Rocky Mountains from this vantage point. Come see for yourself! We guarantee there will be rocks and mountains.