Join the High Peaks Trail Association Nov. 15 for a moderate hike from the Blue Ridge Parkway down the Bald Knob Ridge Trail. This 2.8-mile jaunt will be all downhill, so bring your hiking poles and sturdy boots as the autumn leaves may be a bit slippery.
Hikers should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. We will shuttle to the trailhead in a Yancey County Transportation Van for a donation of $5 per hiker. Pets are not allowed on the vans so if you want to bring your leashed dog you must provide your own transportation.
Please join us at 9 AM on Thursday, November 13 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 continue planning our hike schedule for 2015.
Please join us a Black Mountain Campground for trail maintenance activites on Friday, October 31. This will be the first of two days in the campground area (see separate announcement for Saturday, Nov. 1) We hope to finish the new MST relocation nearby and perhaps accopmplish some other tasks.
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.