September is Membership Renewal Month

Many of you have recently taken the time and opportunity to become first time members or to renew your membership in North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association. Many thanks to you! You can ignore the rest of this message!

If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2017, or have not yet taken the plunge to become a member at all, this message is for you!

Field Trip to Banner Elk


     Join us for a field trip to the Banner Elk Greenway.  This trip offers a variety of birding opportunities including a wooded city park, a pond and river, and a natural field setting.  Our beautiful mountain fall weather offers us an excellent time to be out in nature and observe migrating birds.  We plan to bird from about 10 am to 1pm along the Greenway, including taking time out for lunch.

Birding Stroll

09/23/2016 6:00 pm

Friday, September 23rd, 6 pm at Cane River Park

      We will meet at 6pm in the main parking lot near the kiosk and walk along the fields and into the woods by the river. Bring binoculars, and dress for the weather. Birding will happen rain or shine if at all possible. All skill levels from beginner to expert are welcome. Suitable for adults and children. For more information email us at

General Meeting of High Peaks Birders

09/16/2016 6:00 pm

Friday, 6 pm, Yancey Public Library

      Join us and our special guest, environmental scientist and expert birder, Debbie Segal, for a talk about the Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville Florida. Debbie has worked in the field of wetlands ecology and soil science for over 25 years. She helped design the Sweetwater Wetlands park which is a state-of-the-art water quality enhancement system. The park is actually a waste water treatment system using gravity and sunlight to produce clean runoff and

Birding Stroll

08/27/2016 9:00 am

Join the High Peaks Birders for this month’s birding stroll on Saturday August 27th at Cane River Park.  We will meet at 9am in the main parking lot near the kiosk and walk along the fields and into the woods by the river.   Bring binoculars, and dress for the weather.  Birding will happen rain or shine if at all possible.  All skill levels from beginner to expert are welcome.  For more information call 828-682-3733.  As always this event is free and open to the public.

NC High Peaks Board Meeting Thursday, August 25

08/25/2016 9:00 am

Please join the High Peaks Board for our regular meeting at 9 AM on Thursday, August 25 at Appalachian Java on West Main St.  Hiking, trail maintenance and projects will be on the agenda.  We will also have a report on final preparations for the Centennial Celebration of Mount Mitchell State Park scheduled for weekend of August 27/28.  Come share a cup of coffee with us!

NC High Peaks Leads Historic Hike on Mt. Mitchell Sunday, Aug. 28

08/28/2016 8:30 am

Be a part of history and join the NC High Peaks Trail Association to celebrate the Centennial of Mount Mitchell State Park by taking a loop hike around Mt. Mitchell on Sunday, August 28. This 6-mile jaunt is rated as moderately strenuous, but should offer tremendous views from the highest peaks in the Eastern U.S.

High Peaks Tackles Big Butt Trail Aug. 13

08/13/2016 8:30 am

CHANGE IN PLANS.  Big Butt hike on Saturday- Weather looks OK however we do not have enough hikers to warrant a van. Therefore we will do an in and out hike from Walker Knob Overlook to Little Butt and possibly Big Butt. Meeting times are the same. We will carpool from the Town Square at 8:30 and meet any additional hikers around 9:45 at Walker Knob Overlook. Bring rain gear just in case!  

Come See High Peaks at the Craft Fair!

08/05/2016 9:00 am
08/06/2016 5:00 pm

Come visit the High Peaks booth during this years Mount Mitchell Craft Fair.  The fair will run from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday August 5 and Saturday August 6.  We will be on the square next to the Burnsville Chamber's tent.  Come by and chat about our mountains and trails, pick up some free literature and take a look at High Peaks T-shirts and other merchandise for sale.  

Birding Stroll

07/29/2016 6:00 pm
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