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.