Hiking The Black Mountain Trail

The 10th most popular hiking trail in North Carolina.

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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. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Black Mountain Trail including Burnt Mountain, Buckhorn Gap / Avery Creek and Laurel Mountain.


Local Contact(s):  PNF (704) 877-3265; NC Tourism (800) VISIT-NC; Backcountry Outdoors (704) 884-4262.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking North Carolina" from Randy Johnson

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  NFS Davidson River CG

Luxury Loding:  Pisgah Inn (704) 235-8228

Breakfast Restaurant:  Kelly's or Huddle House, Brevard

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc/

GPS:  35.2831, -82.7225

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  6/28/2016

ID:  14124


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