Welcome to Black Mountain & Swannanoa Valley
Nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, 15 miles East of Asheville, NC, you will find a special town called Black Mountain.
With a population of 7,500, it has been ranked “One of the 50 Safest Towns in North Carolina” as well as the “Best Small Town in Western North Carolina.” Boasting spectacular mountain views, it was recently voted by Trip Advisor as one of the “Prettiest Small Towns in America to Vacation.”
Formerly home to renowned Black Mountain College, Black Mountain is nationally recognized for arts, crafts, furniture, and music. It is currently home to over 200 businesses, including restaurants, bed and breakfasts, specialty shops, four breweries, and a recently announced large manufacturing operation. Because of its hospitality to visitors and businesses alike, it has been designated as a “Entrepreneurial Friendly Community.”
The surrounding mountains offer walking, hiking, biking trails, greenways, camping, trout fishing, lakes, and nearby waterfalls. The valley is home to six major conference centers, two colleges, and several well-known summer camps.
Visitors and residents love to stroll through Black Mountain’s attractive Town Square, with beautiful landscaping and oversized rocking chairs, as well as numerous gift shops, galleries, antique stores, ice cream parlors, and craft stores. There is also an authentic old fashioned general store – Town Hardware, Art Center, Valley Museum, and restored train depot selling arts & crafts.
After a delicious dinner at one of 35 fine restaurants, enjoy a leisurely walk around Lake Tomahawk. It offers a well-lighted level path for safe strolling for day or evening. Black Mountain is a “Pet Friendly” community.
The best thing to do in Black Mountain is to lean back in one of the many rockers that line the streets of “the Little Town that Rocks,” take in the scenery, and breathe in magical, rejuvenating mountain air.