Looking for a great trail near Black Mountain, North Carolina? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Mitchell State Park or Chimney Rock State Park, we've got you covered. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 7 hard trails in Black Mountain ranging from 1.7 to 15.3 miles and from 1,125 to 5,659 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
6 days ago

Very nice hike! It’s steep going up but lovely. Challenging hike, allow enough time.

What a great trail! It was well marked the whole way, had a couple pretty views, a waterfall, and was an overall good challenge. We brought our dog too and had a great 5hr, 10mile long hike (a little was added due to a section being closed and detouring you on lower piney).

mountain biking
10 days ago

Good trail. Fun to bike.

hiking
rocky
scramble
18 days ago

This trail is hard, bring hiking poles

Fun trail...we got a parking pass for Eagle Rock Parking area and walked to tunnel Rock and back (about 2 miles total). The woods and long distance were beautiful and the rocks were fun to scramble on.

nice trail that is not too challenging and lightly trafficked. A couple of rocks to scramble up, but otherwise straight forward. Nice view from Rattlesnake Rock which is where I ended my hike.

Better do your stretches. Tough trail. You could do it backwards from little piney up to rattlesnake rock to get the view in less distance and effort, but I really liked the workout. Very steep and rocky.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike for a challenging workout but the view at the top by the chimney is a bit of a disappointment for the effort.

Forest immersion AND some nice vistas... Well maintained. Be mindful of bears along summits & bring bug spray.

Trout Creek easy to get to. Grey’s Cliff is uphill trek but worth the awesome view. Flapjack Rock is a short skip further. Good lunch stop.

Started from Eagle Rock parking lot. Free parking permits from the Weed Patch Mtn website here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parking-at-eagle-rock-in-chimney-rock-state-park-august-2019-tickets-66463059801. You open the gate and pull through and close and lock the gate. Parking is a very short way up the road at the trail head to Eagle Rock. From there, you hike down switchbacks to the Tunnel Trail. We went about 2 miles past that but knew we had a limited amount of time and it would be uphill back. You could see Grey Rock [our original target] and the weed patch on the top of the mountain from Eagle Rock. The rest of the trail was covered in trees so not very many views. The tunnel is a cool place and the Conservancy is planning to extend the trail beyond it a bit. Hike back up is a steady uphill climb. This end of the trail has some sticky spots if you are riding a bike. The trail is well-marked. Definitely worth the view from Eagle Rock.

Great hike with our dog. My Garmin watch clocked the distance at 9.9 miles and it took us 6.5 hours including a lunch stop at the summit. West ridge loop portion is hardest. We went counter-clockwise which is a little easier than clockwise due to the rocky steep sections of west ridge loop...easier going down them than scrambling up. NOTE: a section of big piney loop is permanently closed as stated in other remarks so you do detour to little piney loop. It’s no big deal it just adds approx .8 mile extra distance. Also note that the trail end at little piney is almost a mile from the graybeard trailhead so you do end up going through a neighborhood as stated in someone else’s comments. All in all a good with a pretty waterfall and 3 great vista views along the way

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked August 5th 2019. The first 1-1.5 miles is fun, rocky, and somewhat tough. In the summer time there are a lot of flowers and butterflies all the way up the trail. The view at the end is decent but not a large panoramic view or anything. It’s more or less a straight on view. There’s also a cool rock chimney right at the end. Fun streams, cool salamanders and frogs. It’s a fun hike that most anyone would enjoy.

hiking
bugs
muddy
private property
rocky
3 months ago

The first 1.5 mile is straight up rocks, not too bad for an experienced hiker. However, even a beginner can complete this hike. It’s starts straight up, then a gradual climb to the top, at around 2.5 the ground starts to level out for another mile at the top. Leading up to the top you have lots of wild flowers and bugs. There is not a huge viewing area, but it’s pretty looking over the town below. If you keep right at the forks you will complete the loop. The last half downhill is where you add the last bit of distance, which leads you along a stream. The hike itself is a great workout, and very pretty scenery. We did not see anyone on the entire trail. Since this was a less trafficked trail we saw lots of wildlife, and creatures living on the land. Some of which were butterflies, salamanders, frogs, mushrooms, and 4 snake eggs!

Great views. I started clockwise which was tough for my fitness level. It’s a pretty good hike up some pretty good grades. Careful on the rocks. Moss and dew can be a bit slippery. Trail is marked pretty well.

mountain biking
3 months ago

I love this trail. I try to ride it whenever I’m coming through. Takes about 2 hours for me. I’m 40 something, strong, but not peak. I have to hike part of the initial switchbacks. I was on a fat bike and found myself wanting suspension on parts of the washed out down hill. Th trip back is an old road closed to cars. It was a nice climb with great views of the mountain.

Very well maintained, and marked trail. It took me 1.5 hours at a steady pace, with no rear breaks.

Fun trail. Too steep for stroller types but fine for hikers. Trekking poles were useful, but I still fell once. Saw a total of 5 other hikers.

What an awesome trail! We just hiked around 2 miles in and back...enough to cover the tunnel plus another 1/2 mile in. What I realized that I had never before, is that at 54, with my knees in poor shape from 20+ years of wrestling, I truly appreciated the gradual downhill portion of the hike first. We descended about 974' (according to Garmin) over the first 2 miles and then back up again and my knees were so thankful to get the descent out of the way when they were fresh. If you have bad knees, you should always hike with hiking poles and now I have another great idea....do your descent FIRST! My knees have never been happier after a hike! The view from Eagle Rock is amazing and is seen within the first 1/4 mile of the hike. Great photo spot. If you want to introduce someone to hiking who is interested, this is a great spot...even if they merely do the 1/4 mile to Eagle Rock and back to the trailhead. The descent is a gentle one and definitely easier than Party Rock or even the main Chimney Rock trail inside the park.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Awesome views. Very challenging. Some rock climbing involved.

hiking
4 months ago

Took this trail after going up the Graybeard trail & circling around to this trail because I didn’t want to take the Graybeard trail all the way. I thought it would be a better way back to the trailhead. Wow, didn’t realize this trail was listed as Hard, which is justified. If I had to do it again I would just go back the Graybeard trail. The Rockhead trail kicked my butt. I was a Rockhead for going that way!

There are great views of Lake Lure, the gorge, long range views of Mt Mitchell, etc. from this trail starting from Eagle Rock parking access. It is worth the trouble it takes to get there. You must request a parking pass. You can find the link and trail info on Conserving Carolina. Shumont Rd off SR 9 is over four curvy and steep. miles going to the short graveled road to the gravel lot. Be prepared to see steep and eroded drop offs off both sides of Shumont Rd.. Careful driving required. I saw wild foxglove and bleeding heart, hardwoods, rhododendron, ferns....no weeds. I went about 2,5 miles in and turned around, about what I planned to do. It was very windy and made me nervous about possible falling branches., but the trail is very well designed and maintained.

We hiked this trail after 4 days of rain

Biking this was tougher, but still a great trail with some elevation.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Brutal climb and a fun little course.

hiking
5 months ago

I would recommend this to anyone who wants a moderately challenging hike and isn’t particularly concerned about mountain views. The first 1.5-2 miles is steep and rocky, but the rest is pretty easy. Trail is in great condition, very easy to follow.

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