Northwest of Brevard in the Pisgah National Forest, the Black Mountain Trail (13 miles) can be combined with old logging roads for a 16 mile hiking loop with almost 2000 feet vertical. Park at the PNF Visitors Center on US276. Hike west along US276 for a mile to FS477. Follow FS477 north for 2 miles. At the stables, head northeast on FS5058 (a.k.a. Clawhammer Road) past the gate up to Buckhorn Gap (5 miles). Near the top gate, follow Black Mountain Trail southeast back to the Visitor Center (8 mi.). While in the region, also check out the trails near the Fishery.
Overall, Black Mountain Trail is the 10th most popular hiking trail of all 19 hikes in North Carolina.