Come join High Peaks for our monthly trail maintenance day. This month we will work our section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail from Buck Creek Gap (at the junction of NC 80 and the Parkway) to Neal's Creek Road. We have reports of downed trees and sections of the trail will need weed-eating. We also need folks to lop and "brush" the trail (remove limbs and other debris).
Please join us at 9 AM on Thursday, June 12 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.
Join the High Peaks Trail Association June 15 for a stroll through the magnificent rhododendron garden at Roan Mountain. The flower display should be at its peak and all are welcome for this easy walk of about 1 mile.
Participants should meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 1 p.m. The group will car pool to Roan Mountain, which is about a 45-minute drive and has an entry fee of $3 per vehicle. Leashed pets are welcome.
As always, bring water, snacks and rain gear and check the club’s website, www.nchighpeaks.org, or Facebook page for last-minute changes due to weather.
For some of the most spectacular views in the region, join the High Peaks Trail Association for a hike from Beauty Spot to Unaka Mountain on Saturday, June 7.
This moderate hike of 6 miles will traverse a section of the Appalachian Trail that climbs about 750 feet to the spruce-covered summit of Unaka Mountain. The group will retrace its steps to Beauty Spot, which offers exceptional views.
This Saturday we will tackle perhaps the steepest trail in the Blacks, Woody Ridge, and the northern end of the Crest Trail. We plan to have one crew work Woody Ridge from the bottom and another the Crest Trail from the Bolen's Creek trailhead. We will meet somewhere in between. The objective will be to clear downed tress, limbs, and other debris from the trail as well as lop branches.
Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a birding stroll at Cane River Park on May 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. Please dress for the weather – we’ll be going rain or shine.
Meet at the park near the kiosk in the main parking lot for the stroll, which begins at 6 p.m. We will explore four different habitats in off-the-beaten-path parts of the park, walking about one mile over the course of about 90 minutes to two hours.
The High Peaks Trail Association will lead a hike from the summit of Mt. Mitchell to the Black Mountain Campground on Saturday, May 17. This strenuous 5.5-mile hike will be tough on the knees: hikers will descend about 3,600 feet from the East’s highest peak to the South Toe River Valley.
Please join the High Peaks Trail Maintenance Crew on Friday, May 9, as we tackle a couple projects at Crabtree Falls. High Peaks has adopted the Crabtree Falls trail through the Friends of the BRP. On Friday we'll be doing several tasks. First we will need a crew of four or five to rebuild the stone steps near the falls. The steps have slipped out of position and become dangerous.
Please join us at 9 AM on Thursday, May 15 for our regular Board Meeting (we are meeting on a Thursday this month rather than Friday). 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.