The Little Town that Rocks” Black Mountain North Carolina
- Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley has been a retreat and vacation spot since the early 1800’s. Wagons and horses carried early visitor over mountains, streams and waterfalls to reach the Swannanoa Valley. Even David Crockett found his first wife Elizabeth Patton of the Swannanoa Settlement here in 1815.
- Explore numerous upscale gift shops, galleries and Appalachian style craft stores, with unique local craftsmen which can be visited in their local shops . Spend time in the local old fashion Town Hardware, with its 35,000 item inventory.
- Feast at one of Black Mountain’s 35 restaurants, sample a beer at one of three breweries. Lookout Brewery, Pisgah Brewery and Ciderworks.
- A sweet tooth can be satisfied at” Hey Hey” Cupcakes, Traditions Bakery, Sweets on Cherry. or Kilwins Chocolate, Fudge and Ice Cream. To name only a few.
- Black Mountain offers a superb 18-hole golf course with one of the” Longest holes of golf in the world” a par 6@747 yards. A Donald Ross designed course set against wooded hillsides and a small meandering creek. coordinate tee times (828-669-2710).
- Other public golf courses of note in the area include: Asheville Municipal Golf Course,Reems Creek (828-645-4393) and Mt. Mitchell Golf Course (828-675-5454). Both are within an hour’s drive of town, and are each ranked by Golf Digest for their layout and beauty.
- Thousands come Black Mountain through the numerous conference centers located within a few miles of the town, including Ridgecrest, Blue Ridge Assembly, The Cove, and Christmount.
- Only two miles away is Montreat. It is the home of the Reverend Billy Graham, The Montreat Conference Center, Montreat College and the Town of Montreat. A famous Ben Long Fresco can be seen at the Chapel of the Prodigal on the Montreat College campus.
- Hiking and Biking trails abound around Black Mountain. The Swannanoa Valley Museum features “Rim Hikes” both moderate and difficult. www.swannanoavalleymuseum.org
- The Blue Ridge Parkway found just eight miles west along Highway 70. is the most visited scenic highway in America. The Folk Art Center, features fine Appalachian Arts and Crafts and the Parkway Destination feature a excellent movie of the scenic highway.
- Mt Mitchell the tallest mountain in the Eastern US, host the Annual Black Mountain Marathon and Mount Mitchell Challenge. Runners start in Black Mountain run to the peak of of Mount Mitchell and return. A 40 mile race held the last weekend of February. It is one of the toughest races in the USA. www.blackmountainmarathon,org
- Biltmore Estate in Asheville, the amazing 250-room home of George Vanderbilt (just 15 minutes away). There are planned activities year round at the Estate, from the spring flowers (they plant over 10,000 tulip bulbs every year) to the summer concerts to the Christmas candlelight tours.
- There are plenty of other wonderful experiences within a short drive of Black Mountain as well. The Omni Grove Park Inn, with the huge fireplaces burning. Stroll through the miles of trails at the North Carolina Arboretum. Learn all about the forestry system at the Cradle of the Forestry. And downtown Asheville, filled with galleries and upscale stores, can be discovered along the unique 1.7 mile Urban Trail, examining wonderful architecture and bronze sculpture while following simple arrows and directions.
- Just east of Black Mountain, only 30 minutes away, is scenic Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Park An amazing place, it has miles of high rock hiking trails, waterfalls and wonderful scenery (Last of the Mahicans and Dirty Dancing were filmed here).
- For additional day trips (most within an hour’s drive from town), consider Grandfather Mountain to Boone and through to the Linville Falls. Another day well spent winds down through Brevard and Highlands, Transylvania County, Sliding Rock and the numerous waterfalls available from short hiking trails. A Smokey Mountain train ride through heavy forests or a raft trip down the Nantahala River? Or, if you feel lucky, try your hand at a Las Vegas style casino on the historic Cherokee Indian Reservation.
Lots to see and do – Your first stop should be the Visitor Center located at the “Big Red Rocking Chair” out front, 201 East State Street . One of the friendly Volunteers will help with your itinerary.