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Black Mountain

Fall in love with a slower pace of life in Black Mountain, NC.

Located just 15 miles away from downtown Asheville, Black Mountain offers old-time southern hospitality, small-town charm and unique dining.


The downtown area has many eclectic shops, attracting seasonal tourism, a main staple of the local economy. There are also many quaint bed and breakfasts. Singers Roberta Flack and David LaMotte, former basketball player Brad Daugherty, and NFL quarterback Brad Johnson, and Roy Williams hail from Black Mountain.

Black Mountain College was formerly located within city limits, but the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, dedicated to the experimental educational institution's history, is now located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Black Mountain also plays host to the Swannanoa Valley Museum. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located down the street from the Museum.

Black Mountain is the setting for the 2009 novel One Second After, which was written by William R. Forstchen, a resident of the town; many local institutions and residents are featured in the novel, beneath a thin veneer of fiction.

Many of the folks who come to Black Mountain are interested in hiking and enjoying the gorgeous foliage and mountain scenery. Hiking and biking trails abound within minutes of the Red Rocker. They vary in skill level, from an hour's easy hike to Lookout Point, to an all day strenuous trek across the Seven Sisters mountain range. And if a challenge is really needed, why not consider the Ultra Marathon up to Mount Mitchell from Lake Tomahawk, held every February? Not for the faint of heart!

For the diehard golfer, Black Mountain offers a superb 18-hole golf course set against wooded hillsides and a small meandering creek. A quality course with conditioned greens, the Black Mountain links can prove surprisingly challenging, especially with the longest par 6 in the nation off its 17th tee box. Guests are advised to coordinate tee times (828-669-2710). Other public golf courses of note in the area include 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.

Just east of Black Mountain, only 30 minutes away, is scenic Chimney Rock Park. An amazing place, it has miles of high rock hiking trails, waterfalls and wonderful scenery (Last of the Mohicans was filmed here). And the view from the Rock itself — wow! Lake Lure, just minutes from the park, is visible to the east. It is a huge meandering lake rimmed with million dollar homes and the available boat tour is loads of fun.

This information comes from the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce.

Locals call Black Mountain the “Front Porch of Western North Carolina” because it welcomes you to the region with its small town flavor. Although it shares many traits with Asheville as a welcoming and vibrant community, Black Mountain has a unique culture of its own.

Visit Black Mountain and you'll find a multitude of shops, art galleries, craft galleries, cafes, bistros and restaurants, all within a few blocks. Pisgah Brewing is located in Black Mountain, as well as the original Dripolator Coffeehouse.

Learn about its history at the Swannanoa Valley Museum, or get a taste of the local music scene at White Horse Black Mountain.


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Art from the Heart

  • 121 Cherry Street
  • Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Phone: (828) 628-0520
  • Region: Black Mountain

Craftsmanship inspired by heartfelt themes including inspirational, family, nativity, and garden are found at Art From The Heart on historic Cherry Street in downtown Black Mountain. Enjoy wildflower tile paintings; rabbits, goats, and sheep in fiber …more

Bone-A-Fide Pet Boutique

  • 118-A Cherry Street
  • Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Phone: (828) 669-0706
  • Region: Black Mountain

Doncaster Outlet

  • 119 Broadway
  • Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Phone: 828-669-5117
  • Region: Black Mountain

Since 1931, Doncaster, a NC luxury apparel brand, has been known among shopping elite for its timeless elegance and exceptional styling. This extraordinary apparel is now available in a retail outlet setting; which offers prior seasons' merchandise …more

Giftcrafts

  • 114 West State Street
  • Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Region: Black Mountain

Giftcrafts has been in the gifting business in Black Mountain, NC since 1952. From A to Z our shop for gifts is a unique blend of traditional, handmade, recycled, remade, organic, and whimsical items for your specific gifting needs. From ideas to …more

Mountain Nest Gallery

  • 133 Cherry St.
  • Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Phone: (828) 669-0314
  • Region: Black Mountain

Visit Black Mountain’s premier artisan-owned gallery for bird-themed fine art and pottery, woodcrafts, and locally made copper and sterling jewelry featuring mountain wildflowers, birds, dog breeds, and animals. A nature lover’s paradise featuring 90 …more

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