Everyone is invited to join the High Peaks Trail Association June 21 for a fun hike from the Green Knob Fire Tower on the Blue Ridge Parkway down to the Black Mountain Campground. This moderate hike of 3.2 miles, open to the public, includes some steep sections as it descends about 2,000 feet to the South Toe River Valley.
The club has obtained a permit to allow access to the platform surrounding the Green Knob Fire Tower, which is normally closed to the public. This means hikers will have a rare chance for spectacular views of the Black Mountain range from that vantage point.
Participants should meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. to car-pool, or instead may meet at 9:30 a.m. at the kiosk outside the Black Mountain Campground entrance. A Yancey County Transportation van will take the group from there to the trailhead on the Parkway for a donation of $5 per person.
Leashed dogs are welcome on the hike, but no dogs are allowed in the vans, so if you want to bring your pet you must provide your own transportation.