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Black Mountain Trail is a 7.5 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, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,601 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures

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blowdown
23 days ago

Good hike. Lots of elevation loss. Disregard the “trail” depiction after mile 7.5. I left record on during the shuttle back to top of Black Mtn. Trail is not complete at the Ozone end. Could not get across Fall Creek to then bushwhacked to base of Ozone Falls. Requires a road walk up Fall Creek Drive, .9 mile to ozone Falls Trailhead. Trail is getting very little use. Expect some overgrowth in summer.

hiking
23 days ago

Solid up and down hike, the loop at the top had spectacular views. If you just want the views, there’s a parking lot at the top. If you want to earn the views, do this hike! The south overlook was more cleared from trees than the north overlook and therefore offered slightly better views. Cool rock formations at the top and saw a few climbers there as well. On the way up, there was a cool sink hole on the left of the trail so be careful! It was right next to the pride rock looking formation. And the cave seemed cool but was closed due to “white nose syndrome.”

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1 month ago

Well maintained trail. Going around the loop at the top will actually add miles not listed here. We had 9.2 total miles. Parents should be aware of a large deep sinkhole about 3/4 of the way to the top that could be very dangerous for children. There is no warning or marking around this sinkhole

I'd say moderate is right for this trail, esp if your a beginner. Its well marked, narrow at times but well traveled. Not much of anything to see on the short leg from trail head parking to the Cave. It was unusually hot today, so not many flowers & boring. I'd think this one a good walk for the dogs. The cave & water was pretty, unfortunately the mosquitos were too plentiful to stay very long.

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1 month ago

7.5 was a little ambitious for my first hike of the year. Especially with only 4 hours of sleep...made it two miles in and turned back around. Trail was marked very well. I will definitely do this one again when I am more prepared!

2 months ago

Gorgeous! Took my pup along and a friend. Really enjoyed..

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rocky
2 months ago

Good trail. Be mindful of the difference between the Black Mtn trail and the Cumberland trail as it’s easy to get on the wrong one heading toward Ozone Falls. The giveaway from the Cumberland Trail had lots of leaves and looked less used. Hiked 11 miles total including wrong turns.

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4 months ago

Trail starts out following the road. One overlook had nice views, but the other overlook didn’t really have views. Signage along the loop was a bit confusing. Just beware that “main trail” might not be the same trail you were on. There was a cave about 2 miles in. This was my first time on this trail and it was a nice change of pace, but not a trail I’d return to. I’m spoiled having so many amazing trails within a 2 hour radius and this one just isn’t at the top of my list. Still worth checking out if you’ve never been.

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rocky
5 months ago

Several overlooks along an upper loop-trail provide broad, panoramic views. And, a stairway between giant boulders leads hikers along a lower trail, passed substantial cliffs and boulder fields. I enjoyed an easy, peaceful autumn hike with bare trees, which provided for clear views. My only complaint was limited spray-paint graffiti on rocks near the base of the stairs.

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bugs
over grown
6 months ago

This was a great hike. The incline will get your heart pumping but it’s extremely manageable. The trail head was hard to find and google maps actually takes you to the wrong starting point. There was only one other person on the trail, this was exactly the break we were looking for from the crowded GSMNP trails. Biggest problem we’re the ticks. Both dogs were COVERED, but I would still recommend it to everyone.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this in November with my dog and loved the trail— moderate climb but not too strenuous with switchbacks leading up to the top. Beautiful hike in the fall with the cooler weather, beautiful colors & not so many bugs. With leaves on the ground it can be easy to lose the trail, but the white trail markers are well placed. At the start, the trailhead is to the right of the trail map, across from the parking area. It took me a moment to find the trail with the leaves. The trail starts off following the road for a bit, marked by pink tape, but soon you find yourself immersed in the woods with white trail markers leading the way. Not too busy either which is lovely. A great hike for a “lost in the woods” type feeling and an amazing view at the top

hiking
7 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail. A lot of up hill, yet not too strenuous. The view was absolutely incredible. I highly recommend this trail. Although parking sucks, but totally worth it!

hiking
7 months ago

This was a very nice hike. It’s October right now and the temperature was between 50 and 60°. The leaves changing color was nice and there was a very nice overlook at the end of the trail. I think I’ll bring my wife back here. Not incredibly taxing but still a decent work out.

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over grown
7 months ago

We completed this trail a few days ago. The fall leaves were beautiful and the weather was a nice 80s. The cons - the trail needs some love. It was horribly overgrown on several sections. Also, the blazes weren’t exactly placed in strategic locations. The pros - overall, a nice trail. Also, we only saw 2 other people during our 5 hour trip (to me less is better). Looking forward to doing this trail in the spring.

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over grown
9 months ago

Trail has grown up some. The rocks at the top are amazing. Only go to the south overlook which is to the right of the loop trail. The south overlook is beautiful.

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bugs
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over grown
Mon May 13 2019

With the ticks and overgrowth, it was still a great hike!! terrain is pretty soft, mainly dirt, easy incline for the most part. But lots of ticks. However, I would still hike again!

The trail wasn't very pretty. The 2 overlooks were though. Most of the trail was just brown with trees, no flowers or anything other than green leaves. The first .75 miles parallels a state road so there is road noise. The overlooks make this hike not a total bust.

hiking
Thu Mar 14 2019

Great little hike! Overlook was beautiful! Rocks are HUGE!

Mon Mar 11 2019

very nice hike, rock formations at the top makes a very good place to relax before the return down. I did notice that there is no water in the immediate area of the camping spot ,so be advised carry plenty with you. The Sun rise from there would be a sight to behold.

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Sun Mar 10 2019

Moderate dog friendly trail with some good elevation gained. Minimal foliage in March which I'm guessing would improve in the spring. Cave is a must stop detour when the water is running. Switchbacks to the top and a nice overlook on the south side of the water tower.

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Mon Mar 04 2019

Great hike! Took about 4 hours with a couple breaks. Pretty good view at the top off the beat trail a little bit

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rocky
Mon Feb 18 2019

Very well maintained trail. We did it on a sunny but very windy day. Plenty of water sources. Make sure you cross 68 to the trailhead from the parking area, there's another trailhead on the side you park on. Loved the rocks at the top and seeing the cave halfway through the trail.

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Mon Jan 28 2019

It took almost 4 hours with my 20 min break at the top. Great trail, just enough incline for a good workout and good views here and there along the way. Parking on the side of highway 68, cross the road and pick up trail running parallel to the highway. Decent camping area up top. Love this trail!!!

Sun Dec 30 2018

Nice day hike. Trail is fairly marked. Rocks at the top and overlook well worth the trip. It took 3 hours including 15 minute lunch at the overlook.

Sat Dec 22 2018

Easy to follow moderate trail to beautiful overlook, old house chimneys, spring house, Windless Cave.

Sun Oct 14 2018

beautiful, this is why we moved to Tennessee!

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