Black Mountain Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crab Orchard, Tennessee that offers scenic views 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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
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.
Awesome rock formations!
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.
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.
a favorite and beautiful view
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.