The Black Mountain Crest Trail with some of the best views in the East will be the location of the Saturday, Oct. 6 outing of the North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association. Hikers will start at Mt. Mitchell and follow the trail four miles to Deep Gap, at which point they will drop down the old Carolina Spruce Company railroad grade into the Cattail Creek Community where they will find food and fellowship at the John and Sandy Whitehouse Cabin on Winter Star Road.
The Orchard at Altapass will be the site of NC High Peaks Trail Association’s next Sunday stroll, Sept. 30, with a two mile meander through the apple orchards, ending with an opportunity to purchase ice cream, apple cider and snacks and listen to music and dance.
This is a child and dog friendly outing, but pets need to be on leashes. Clean-up bags will be provided.
Come join NC High Peaks for a TrailWorkday at Mountain Heritage High School this Saturday (Sep15) from 9am to noon. Meet at the Orr Building justdown from the Football Parking lot and greenhouses. Breakfast will be provided by Toe River Valley Watch!! Dress is sturdy pants, close-toed shoes and bringgloves. We will be laying down weed-barrier fabric andmulch on Phase One of the MHHS Nature Trail.
NC High Peaks and Carolina Mountain Club are staging a joint hike into Lost Cove on Sunday, Sept. 16. This is an eight mile round trip hike with a 1500 foot descent over a long series of switchbacks into the famous pre-Civil War settlement that once thrived in isolation in the Nolichucky Gorge along the remote northern boundary of Yancey County.
North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of National Forests in the Eastern United States with a hike along historic trails to Mackey Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 8. This is very pretty three and a half mile hike out, with good overviews of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are some steep sections, so good boots, hiking poles and even long pants are suggested. Bring plenty of water and lunch.
North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association will hold its quarterly information session with a guest lecture and habitat stroll at Carolina Hemlocks on Saturday, Sept. 1. Alex Edwards, a graduate student in Biology at WCU, will present a slide show about snakes, frogs, toads, lizards and salamanders found in this area and then will lead the group around the campground to find and identify examples. A victim of snake bites, he will discuss ways to safely view the prolific wildlife that lives at boot level in the Appalachian Mountains and to detect the differences between venomous and non-venomous reptiles.
Please join us for the next NC High Peaks Trail Association Board Meeting which will take place at the Mountain Heritage Center across from the Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville. Meeting will start at 1 PM.
We will be doing trail maintenance tomorrow on the upper portion of the Colbert Ridge Trail. Meet at the parking lot across from the Weller's in Cattail Community at 8:30 AM. There has been a slight change. The overnight portion has been postponed. We will just be working a regular trail day. We will load up and drive as high up Winter Star Road as possible. Dennis may have an ATV to take up equipment. The rest of us will hike to Deep Gap and then to the top of the Colbert Ridge trail.