High Peaks Hosts Wine Tasting May 19 to Raise Money for Trail Fund

Sample the fruits of the vine and help the NC High Peaks Trail Association raise money for its Trail Fund by attending a wine tasting on Friday, May 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Burnsville Wine and…, located at 525 West Main St.
High Peaks has been awarded two grants and invited to apply for a third to renovate the Mount Mitchell Trail, the primary path for climbing the highest peak in the eastern United States.  Work on the first grant began May 10 and is projected to cost $60,000, which must be paid before the club is reimbursed.
High Peaks is a small non-profit founded in Burnsville seven years ago to promote hiking and outdoor activities in Yancey County. Studies have shown outdoor recreation is a vital part of the local economy, so every dime raised to rebuild this iconic hiking trail will have a direct local impact.
The club’s goal is to raise $60,000 through a variety of events and activities over the next two years. Organizers have already raised $15,000 in individual donations, and have matched more than $5,000 in volunteer hours working on the trail, thanks in part to the efforts of students from the Arthur Morgan School and Clemson University.
Come join us at this event, where you can sample a variety of wines while also supporting the improvement of our local hiking trails.

Photo by Jake Blood: American Conservation Corps crew members pitch camp May 10 on Commissary Hill below Mount Mitchell as they prepare to renovate a portion of the Mount Mitchell Trail. The project is funded by a grant awarded to the NC High Peaks Trail Association.

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