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.
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.
This Saturday (sorry for the late notice) we will continue work on the Neal's Creek Bridge. We will be cutting and stripping small locust logs for handrails and posts, attaching the tread logs to the sill logs and working on the steps at the south end. This will not require a large crew but everyone is welcome to help! Meeting time will be around 9 AM at the Neal's Creek Road gate. Let me know if you plan to join the crew (and if you need directions).
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, May 14. We plan to discuss our hike schedule, trail maintenance, Mt. Mitchell activities and any other items the Board or our members wish to consider. Come have a cup of coffee and a bagel with us!
Mother’s Day is Birding Day. N.C. High Peaks Trail Association invites all mothers and all lovers of mothers to to join us for our monthly Birding Stroll at Cane River Park, Sunday, May 10 at 5 p.m. Spring birding migration is in full swing and we expect to find an abundance of warblers, finches, wood peckers, black birds, water birds and many other species.
With Spring advancing up to Yancey County’s higher elevations, the NC High Peaks Trail Association will lead a hike over 6,320-foot Blackstock Knob on May 2. This difficult trek of 5 miles will include a climb and descent of more than 1,000 feet, some of it over rough rock steps that can be slippery if wet.
Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for an easy stroll at Bolen’s Creek on Sunday April 26. The outing should provide a glimpse of spring flowers in bloom, along with gorgeous views of one of the area’s most beautiful streams.
Strollers should assemble at the Burnsville Town Square at 1 p.m. on April 26. Transportation will be provided in a Yancey County van for a $5 fee. No pets are allowed in the vans.
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, April 9. We plan to discuss our hike schedule, trail maintenance, Mt. Mitchell activities and any other items the Board or our members wish to consider. Come have a cup of coffee and a bagel with us!
The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will lead hikers into the historic abandoned community of Lost Cove on Saturday, April 4. Settled during or shortly after the Civil War, Lost Cove is nestled above the Nolichucky River, and can only be reached on foot.