Black Mountain Trail

MODERATE 58 reviews

Black Mountain Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crab Orchard, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.9 miles
1,633 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running





3 days ago

Found this trail while looking for something closer to Knoxville and a little different than the normal Smokey Mountain day hike. Parking is for about 5-7 vehicles. There was a nice trail map at the beginning. The trail is marked pretty well except one part where you combine with an ATV trail, then shortly come back off of it. After a little over a mile the trail began to be overgrown. The brush and grass was very tall and really took away from enjoying the hike for us.

2 months ago

Beautiful view!

4 months ago

Moderate lollipop w Black Mt. Loop Tr. Well marked & maintained trail. Park @ trailhead for Grassy Cove. Cross rd & walk east .25 mi to trailhead. Easy walk through hardwood forest. At 1.6 mi begin mod switchbacks to the top @ 3 mi. Cool ascent through rocks w stairs @ the top. Hiked clockwise on Loop Tr. This is an easy addition. Recommend. The views & hiking around the southern bluffs are the payoff on this hike. 8.1 mi. Fun afternoon.

7 months ago

Great view in winter. Lots of nice rocks to stop and rest. Wild turkeys! Trail is fully marked with white plastic tags on trees - very helpful in winter when leaves cover the path.

7 months ago

Trail head is across from the pull off on HWY 68. Look for pink & orange plastic tags on 2 trees. That’s where the trail starts. The trail is marked with those pink/orange tags for the first .5 mile or so. Leaves had covered the trail but it was still fairly easy to follow. The trail is easy with minimal obstacles but the incline is pretty rough. The view is worth it at the top!

9 months ago

Nice trail, not too technical but the elevation gain makes it moderately difficult. I'm seconding a reviewer below on finding the trailhead - look for two trees with pink/orange ties across from the paved parking pulloff. The first ~0.5 miles of trail uses pink ties, but the remainder of the trail uses the white Cumberland Trail plaques. I'd highly recommend completing the loop trail at the top of the mountain, the views over the south overlook are worth it. Looking forward to checking out Brady Mountain once the trail is open!

9 months ago

A good hike with a well-maintained trail. Nice woods. Enjoyed the rocks at the top. It gets a bit overgrown towards the end of the season, but nothing too bad. Almost stepped on a 3' copperhead sunning itself on some rocks--keep an eye out for snakes around the rocks.

9 months ago

Very nice hike. Was a little overgrown in spots so I definitely recommend wearing long pants. Be prepared as most of this trail is gradually uphill going up the mountain. The trail is very well marked, the loop at the crest is a little harder to follow but All Trails came to the rescue!
Windless Cave was closed due to white nose syndrome and the stream was dried up as of September 16th. Would definitely reccomend to anybody in the area.
As for finding the trail head, if coming from Crossville, when you see a large pull off on the road that's where you park, right across from there you'll see orange markers on trees with a couple signs for the Cumberland Trail, that's where you enter.

10 months ago

Good trail. Hard to find trail head as its not marked on one side of the road and marked away from the road on the other. We took the unmarked trail across the road from the parking turnout. Waist high and higher weeds covering alot of the second half of the trail. Do take the cave turn off when u get there. Its only a few minutes down and then u just jump back to the main trail. Was 86° and we definitely didn't pack enough water for the steady elevation climb of the second half. Scenery was mostly pretty normal woods trails until the end when you get to the big rocks. Worth the trip if you bring bug spray - don't leave it in the car!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Trailhead was hard to find as it is not marked from the road. GPS coordinates will get you in the vicinity then just look for a wide pull off on the south side of the road to park. You will need to cross the street for the trail entrance. Along the trail is very well marked with white plaques and well maintained so had no problems following it once I found the start. Beautiful rock formations and a little off shoot down to a small cave where you can cool off with some water from the mountain stream. When you get almost to the top of the mountain there is a trail that forks to the right that will take you through some very large rock formations and arches. Highly recommend taking this route. It is not as well marked but had no trouble following it. It will take you back up to the main trail where you can take the loop around the top of the mountain for some majestic views! By taking the trail through the rock formations and the full loop at the top of the mountains it ended up being a little over 9 miles. It is a little strenuous on the way up but well worth the effort.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

44 degrees...awesome day for a long hike. The out part of the trail is a gradually climb until you get to the base of Black Mountain. From the base the trail switches back and forth to the top. This is a moderate hike so expect to get your blood pressure up in certain segments. Beautiful rock formations with stairs that are made between the rocks to get you to the top.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Today was the day we actually hiked and explored more than just to the overlook and back, which we have done probably 5 or 6 times. And WOW at what we have been missing! Below the overlook, you are introduced to HUGE boulders and interesting rock formations. I'm not really sure what sections of trails we followed, as we cut back on and off the trail so many times. We came across the remains of a pretty big house foundation and tall chimney attached to it on the way back off the old jeep trail. We explored it and took pics that I will add. I researched the history of this and also the spring house & chimney you pass at the very beginning, and these date back to the 1800s! So very cool to enter the doorway of the remnants of this home and walk around where the family lived so long ago. We had no idea this was even here just going to the overlook and back! Next time when we have more daylight we will go explore the Windless Cave and finish the entire trail to Brady Mtn.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Awesome rock formations!

Monday, December 05, 2016

I combined the Black Mountain CT trail and the first portion of the Byrd Mountain / Grassy Cove trail as an overlook-to-overlook hike. This formed a ~14-mile out-and-back, including boulder exploring and the Windless Cave spur. Black mountain has massive stone formations, a great overlook area, and a fairly gentle slope.  Byrd mountain trail is a bit steeper but follows atv routes for the most part, and the overlook has a stunning, unobstructed eastward view of Grassy Cove and beyond.  My app claimed 3800' total elevation gain but that seems off.  Highly recommended.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

This is a great little trail with wonderful views. The hike isn't very long, but the scenery is awesome. Stop in if you are out that way.

Friday, October 14, 2016

a favorite and beautiful view

Monday, October 03, 2016

Absolutely gorgeous trail! If you haven't been on this one, you need to add it to your agenda. No other foot traffic other than myself that day which was great actually. Definitely a hidden gem on the Cumberland Plateau.

mountain biking
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

beautiful scenery!
mountain biking no longer permitted in this area :(

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Super rock formations and beautiful views. A great day!

Saturday, December 05, 2015

9 miles to 68 on CT great hike and great view of the valley when the leaves fall.

Monday, November 30, 2015

great overlook

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Black Mtn. Loop trail is 1.8 miles. The Black Mtn. thru section of the Cumberland Trail is about 3.5 miles in length. The seed ticks and chiggers are everywhere near the campsite. If you hike it in warm weather don't forget your bug spray. The Southern overlook is one of the best overlooks on the plateau.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Gorgeous, breath-taking views just outside of Crossville. Not a hard hike, great spot at the overlook to pack a picnic lunch and eat it while enjoying those views!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Very easy and fun hike. This does have a great overlook view from the south side. It looks over Grassy Cove and Grandview beautifully. Fun for the whole family.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Easy beautiful hike around all the rocks, fantastic overlook! We hiked down to the bat cave also, which is a pretty moderate hike.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Beautiful views, we hiked this one at sunset. There is a small springhouse during the hike. Hike is a nice easy hike. Two different areas of overlooks.

trail running
Friday, June 10, 2011

This is a great trail. I ran the first 0.5 miles of it, and made it to the southern overlook. It's an incredible view. As for mountain biking, it would be absolutely fun. There is enough room to maneuver the trail with lots of ruts and roots to devour. If you're looking to camp, there are spots to do this as well. It's an overall good trail.

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