Black Mountain

Transylvania County, North Carolina

Elevation Gain4,843ft
Trailhead Elevation3,795ft
Elevation Min/Max2213/4223ft
Elevation Start/End3795/3795ft

Black Mountain

Black Mountain is a hiking and biking trail in Transylvania County, North Carolina. It is 7.1 miles long and begins at 3,795 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,843 feet. Black Mountain (elevation 4,288 feet), Rich Mountain (elevation 4,091 feet), Clawhammer Mountain (elevation 4,072 feet), and Hickory Knob (elevation 3,563 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Avery Creek Road, Thrift Cove Trail, 322 Turkey Pen Gap, Buckwheat Knob, Buckhorn Gap and 618 Bennet Branch.

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The Ride:
Black Mountain --- Buckhorn and back .. total time 3.5 hours
I Started at the parking on the right just before the Rangers Station, I started my ride at exactly, from the car park I followed a gravel path for about 2 min. then the Black Mountain Trail veered off to the left heading uphill, the start was well marked.
The trail climbed on a wide single track, but was nothing serious, and was fairly easy going. Followed the track around and crossed a log bridge over an empty ditch, and continued climbing at an easy pace. After about 15 min. the trail took a left ( Straight on was the Thrift cove Trail) Now the trail started getting steeper, and my gears went to the lowest, but it was still not too bad. My biggest problem I had with the climb was that i was not getting enough traction because of the slippery ground.
The climb to Black Mountain took me just under 2 hours. The downhill is pretty mental, and there is no room for errors, it is an extremely bumpy downhill.

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steady climb on forestry roads followed by one of the sickest downhill sections of single track in the area. Highly Recommend!!!!
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This is a convenient, fast access trail ride for me. It starts on Hwy 276 from a parking area on the right just as you pass the entrance to Davidson River Campground. It is a good climb up thrift cove and then a fast technical Black Mountain downhill to the finish. If you take a left onto Black Mountain trail and ride it "backwards", it''s a technical climb uphill and then a superb downhill descent on Thrift Cove. It is fast and fun. The whole ride can easily be done in 45 minutes to an hour with sight seeing included. Enjoy!

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Trail Information

Transylvania County
Nearby City
Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District (336) 877-3265
Local Contacts
USGS Pisgah Forest; USDA Forest Service Pisgah District Trail Map; National Geographic Trails Illustrated Pisgah Ranger District.
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