August 12 Hike CANCELED

Due to the threst of thunderstorms we have decided to cancel today's hike.  No "rain date" at this time.

No Camping on the Black Mountain Crest Trail Due to Bear Activity!

NO CAMPING on the Black Mountain Crest Trail until further notice! The Superintendent at Mt. Mitchell State Park has prohibited camping on this trail due to persistent bear activity at Deep Gap. Hiking is still allowed but be sure to take precautions when in bear country!

High Peaks Leads Two Appalachian Trail Hikes Aug. 12

Keep your summer full of fun by joining the NC High Peaks Trail Association for either of two hikes on the Appalachian Trail on Aug. 12.

The more challenging hike will travel 11.2 miles from Erwin, TN to Spivey Gap. This extremely strenuous hike is only for very fit, experienced hikers. It will include a 2,000-foot climb but will offer spectacular views into the Nolichucky River Gorge.

Visit High Peaks at the Mt. Mitchell Craft Fair!

Visiting the Craft Fair this year?  Stop by our booth on Friday or Saturday!  We'll have our new poster maps for sale as well as T-shirts and other items.  Or just stop and chat with one of our members.  Our booth will be located on the green south of the Burns statue.  CORRECTION!  We will be on South Main Street between the Town Center and the old library.


Birding Stroll

       The High Peaks Birders monthly stroll will be held on Saturday, July 8th, at 9 am. We will meet at Cane River Park for an easy walk around the park and along the river.  Steve Buettner will lead this month's walk. Join us for a bountiful birding stroll. Should be plenty of fledglings around. Please arrive in the large parking lot next to the soccer field (first driveway on the right into the park) a little before 9:00am.  Stroll starts at 9:00am. Bring binoculars, and dress for the weather. We will go rain or shine if at all possible.

Weekend Birding Stroll: Cane River Park, Saturday, July 8th at 9 am

The High Peaks Birders monthly stroll will be held on Saturday, July 8th, at 9 am. 

NC High Peaks Board Meeting, Thursday April June 29

Please join the High Peaks board members this Thursday for our regular Board meeting.  Have a cup of coffee with us at Appalachian Java while we discuss hiking plans, rehab. of the Mt. Mitchell trail and other issues.  Meeting begins at 9 am.  Hope to see you there!

High Peaks Leads Appalachian Trail Hikes July 1

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for some holiday fun on Saturday July 1 as the group leads two hikes on the Appalachian Trail, both offering dramatic views of the Nolichucky River Gorge.

The longer hike for experienced hikers only will traverse a challenging 10.6 miles with 2,700 feet of elevation change (mostly downhill), from Beauty Spot to Chestoa, near Erwin, TN. The moderate hike will travel about 5 miles with about 1,000 feet of climbing, starting from and returning to Chestoa, with hikers able to return to the starting point at any time.

Community Trail Day at Grandfather Mountain June 24

Here's information we've received about a nearby trail maintenance opportunity. If you're interested in participating, be sure to RSVP to Brandon Thrower at

"Here is info on a community trail day at Grandfather Mtn. Great Opportunity on an Iconic Mountain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


We'll determine a meeting place closer to the workday, and send it out in a final email with the schedule to registered volunteers.



Join High Peaks and Mt. Mitchell State Park Celebrating National Trails Day June 3

PHOTO INFO: Join the fun on June 3 celebrating National Trails Day at Mt. Mitchell State Park, where there will be three guided hikes and a Junior Ranger Program, or by joining High Peaks for one of two Appalachian Trail hikes.


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