Join High Peaks on Saturday, Sept. 19 for some early fall color on the Big Butt Trail. This challenging, 5.6-mile trek descends about 1,500 feet from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Balsam Gap to Cane River Gap. The hike features a few significant climbs, including a long stairway up Little Butt, but offers a spectacular view of the Black Mountain chain.
Please join High Peaks for a work day in the Black Mountain Campground area on Saturday. We will finish weed-eating trails in the area and do some lopping. Meet the crew in Burnsville at 8:20 or across from the campground at the kiosk at 9 AM. Bring loppers if you have them. Please let me know if you can join the crew by e-mailing me at email@example.com.
Please join the High Peaks Board for our regular meeting this Thursday at 9 AM. We will be meeting upstairs at Appalachian Java on West Main Street in Burnsville. We will have two special guests from the Wilderness Society joining us.
Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association Sunday, Aug. 23 for an easy stroll near Neal’s Creek and the Black Mountain Campground. The jaunt will follow a newly-built section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail recently completed by club volunteers, and will end at a 30-foot rustic bridge constructed by volunteers to span the rushing mountain stream.
Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for an adventure on Grandfather Mountain on Aug. 1. The group will hike the Profile Trail, which ascends the west side of the mountain past a number of rock features to the Shanty Spring, then to Calloway Gap, and ends at Calloway Peak, the mountain's summit.
At 7.2 miles in length and with an altitude gain of 2,000 ft., the hike is rated as strenuous. Bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks and foul weather gear. Leashed dogs will be allowed, but you will need to drive your own vehicle if you bring yours.
Join the High Peaks Birders for our monthly stroll. On Sunday, July 26 at 6 pm, we will meet at Cane River Park for an easy walk around the park and along the Cane River. We always find something new and interesting on each stroll. Last month 9 birders of discovered a beautiful green heron at the river which displayed for over 20 minutes. This normally shy bird seemed glad to show off for us, posing from the right, then the left, and stretching its long neck down to the river for a drink or to catch a fish.