Black Mountain, NC

 The beautiful and idyllic scenery of Black Mountain, NC makes it a destination location for many traveling to Western North Carolina. The picturesque backdrop of the mountains, the surplus of recreational activities, the classic and friendly hometown feel – all of these wonderful aspects come together to make Black Mountain, NC a truly fantastic town to visit.  For those interested in experiencing the charm of a small Appalachian town, Black Mountain is a must see.

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Things to do in Black MountainThings To Do:
Golf in Black MountainGo Golfing
With a landscape such as the one surrounding us here in Western North Carolina, it's no wonder that golf is such an important and well loved sport in the area.  Black Mountain boasts a positively gorgeous 18 hole course situated at the base of the lush and expansive Black Mountain Range.  Asheville - the closest city center - offers additional courses just a short drive away.  Set against a mountain backdrop with an enormous sky stretching out endlessly above, visitors will find that playing these courses is one of the best ways to enjoy the surrounding beauty.
Black Mountain Golf Club
Located at the foot of the Black Mountain Range, Black Mountain Golf Club is owned and operated by the Town of Black Mountain.  It is a 6,215 yard, par 71 18 hole course that is also the home of the famous 747 yard, par 6 17th hole - at one time the longest hole in the world. After playing a round, patrons may enjoy a delicious meal at the 19th Hole Grill.  The views of the course below and the mountains in the distance are truly remarkable.

Asheville Municipal Golf Course
Designed by Hall of Fame golf architect Donald Ross, the Asheville Municipal Golf Course is one of Western North Carolina's oldest courses.  Opened to the public in 1927, it was designed to be an engaging mixture of challenging and fun.  The course is opened daily (weather depending), and tee times are required.

Reems Creek Golf Club
The Reems Creek Golf Course is an 18 hole course that boasts a stunning layout which calls to mind the look and feel of the Scottish Highlands.  Designed by a British firm, Hawtree & Sons, the Weaverville, NC course offers its patrons a relaxing day in a setting that perfectly captures the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The course is regularly rated 4 stars on Golf Digest's prestigious "Places to Play" list.

Hikes in Black MountainFavorite Hikes
Western North Carolina is known for its beautiful forests and rushing streams.  The hundreds of miles of trails in the area showcase that beauty and the thousands of visitors each year are testament to the forest's ability to captivate its hikers, its climbers, its bikers, and its casual explorers.  No matter the season, visitors to the trails can look forward to breathtaking views, vibrant flowers, lush greens, and clear water.  Below are a few of our favorite Black Mountain hikes:
Hickory Nut Gorge
This 6.2 mile out and back trail sits at 927 feet and is rated moderate.  Hikers can expect to see beautiful native flora and fauna all along the trail.  To access this trail from Black Mountain, head southeast on Montreat Road toward E State Street. Merge onto NC-9 S and continue on this road for about 15 miles before turning Left onto Shumont Road. The trail head will be located on your right.

Black Mountain Loop
Black Mountain Loop is a 5.5 miles trail that is accessible for all skill levels.  Primarily used by Mountain Bikers, this loop trail features some truly beautiful surrounding foliage and flora.  To access the trail from Black Mountain, head southeast on Montreat Road toward E State Street.  Turn Right onto W State Street and continue on for a 1/2 mile before making another Right onto Cragmont Road.  After .5 miles, make a Left to stay on Cragmont Road.  The trailhead will be just ahead on the Right.
Point Lookout Greenway Bike Trail
This fantastic local resource is a favorite among mountain and road bikers.  A paved, 3.6 mile trail, the Point Lookout Greenway Bike Trail follows the Old NC 10/Highway 70 route through the Royal Gorge.  The trail ascends more than 900 feet between Old Fort and Ridgecrest and features stunning long-range views from Point Lookout. To access this trail from I-40, take the Old Fort exit, Exit 73, and head North on Catawba Ave to Main Street/US 70. Turn left at this intersection. Continue on until taking a Tight on Old Highway 70.  Continue on this road until the intersection of Mill Creek Road. There will be picnic grounds on your left and trail riders are welcome to park in that parking lot. 

Festivals in AshevilleFestivals
We love to celebrate the beautiful landscape that surrounds us and we love even more the celebration of the what is created in it!  Our festivals are typically a wonderful mix of music, art, laughter, dance, and education.  Through these community events, a feeling of connectedness and joy is inspired in both locals and those simply visiting the area.  Black Mountain boasts some of the area's largest and most well-known festivals; we've outlined them below:

LEAF Festival
The LEAF Festival is a twice a year event that celebrates the very best in music, art, and culture. Taking place on the site of the Historic Black Mountain College, festival-goers have the unique opportunity to come together as a community and for the community in a setting as beautiful as the concept behind it all.  A backdrop of rolling hills, lakes, streams, and mountains sets the tone for a weekend of enchantment, beauty, laughter, fun, and creativity.  Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) has a constant and powerful mission of spreading education and community awareness through art and in that vein, all festival attendees will find themselves swept up in the crafts and creation that make this area so immensely special.  
Sourwood Festival
The Sourwood Festival is an annual event that takes place in downtown Black Mountain. It provides attendees with wholesome, family-friendly entertainment in the form of music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, face painting, and delicious food.  An alcohol-free event, the Sourwood Festival places all of its focus on the 200 vendors who will provide local food, unique arts, and crafts, honey and bee demos, and so much more.  Admission is free and the festival spans the length of an entire weekend.
Black Mountain College ReHAPPENING
The ReHAPPENING is an annual event that takes place on the original campus of Black Mountain College, now Camp Rockmont in Lake Eden, NC.  As an experimental art event, the festival seeks to promote and honor the groundbreaking innovations of local area artists.  To that effect, the festival has become a kind of platform for both artists and attendees to experience the thrill of modern, adventurous art and creativity.  The ReHAPPENING is a half day event and attendees won't want to miss even a moment. Artists utilize the entire campus as the settings for their work - forests, fields, trails, tennis courts - if it is on campus, the artists will use it.  

A Swan on Lake Susan at Montreat CollegeMontreat 
The town of Montreat was originally founded in the early 1900's as a spiritual retreat center.  There is no commercial development within the town limits - not even a traffic light - and most of the streets are still as they were originally laid, narrow and winding.  Walking trails meander through the hundreds of acres of wilderness surrounding the town, showcasing the beautiful native flora and fauna.  
Montreat College, located within the town, was originally founded as a Mountain Retreat Association in 1897.  It promotes the mission of encouraging "Christian work and living through Christian convention, public worship, missionary work, schools, and libraries."  Intimately tied to the town, the campus keeps the community faith based and dedicated to preserving that mission.  Formal tours are offered Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  The college also opens its Chapel doors to visitors on Wednesday mornings as a kind of invitation into the close knit community of Montreat.

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Local ArtLocal Art
Western North Carolina is privileged to be the home of many inspired and talented artists. Our history is deeply rooted in craft and those traditions are kept alive by the Southern Appalachian artists that reside in the area. Black Mountain, with its stunning backdrop of rolling hills, distant mountains, lush forests, and crisp streams, serves as a home-base to many of those artists. A walk down the main street in Black Mountain will reveal dozens of artists displaying their work in gallery windows. With over 8 galleries located in the heart of downtown, visitors with a passion for eclectic, meaningful art will find precisely what they seek in Black Mountain.

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Where to stay in Blck MountainWhere to Stay
Renting a vacation home in Black Mountain is the perfect choice for families, friends, or couples looking to experience the beauty of Western North Carolina. The small town charm, the beautiful surrounding mountain views, the easy access to both hiking and nearby towns and cities - all of this together adds up to make for a perfect mountain vacation. Carolina Mornings works to make the search for a Black Mountain vacation rental an easy process. Our dedicated and knowledgeable Vacation Planners will work with you to tailor the ultimate mountain vacation that fits all of your needs. To learn more about renting your first cabin in Black Mountain, contact Carolina Mornings at (844) 412-6881. Be sure to ask about our Mountain Discovery Pass, included with every Carolina Mornings Rental!
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