Category: Black Mountains

Hikes in and near the Black Mountains of North Carolina

Jan 03 2017

Black Mountain Crest Trail – Pisgah National Forest, NC

  The Black Mountain Crest Trail is one of the most renowned and intimidating hikes in North Carolina. Located in the Appalachian Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest, the trail crosses the crest of the Black Mountains across five 6,000+ foot peaks culminating in the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River, Mt. Mitchell. This trek …

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Dec 03 2016

Woods Mountain – Pisgah National Forest, NC

  Although sandwiched between the Blue Ridge Parkway and U.S. 221, the Woods Mountain Trail sees few travelers. There are a lot of reasons people skip right by this trail despite being part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST). Linville Gorge lies to the east while the Black Mountains lie to the west. Both are very …

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Nov 23 2016

Crabtree Falls – Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

  If you’ve seen a top 10 or top 20 list for waterfalls of North Carolina floating around the internet, I guarantee you Crabtree Falls is on that list 99% of the time. This is an incredible waterfall, and I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing it in person. I decided it was time to change that, …

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Apr 09 2015

Roaring Fork Falls – Pisgah National Forest, NC

  If you are camping or hiking in the South Toe River Valley or simply traveling along NC-80, Roaring Fork Falls is worth a stop. The drive and trail are easily accessible beside NC-80 as it passes through Busick. I’ve recently tried to include quick stops before or after my long hikes, simply to explore …

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Mar 30 2015

Mt. Mitchell Trail – Pisgah National Forest, NC

  The Mt. Mitchell Trail has been beckoning me for years, and I had always wanted to hike it during the winter to get the full mountain experience. The weather was supposed to be sunny but bitterly cold and windy on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, which sounded perfect to me because visibility would be outstanding. …

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Jul 25 2014

Maple Camp Bald and Mt. Mitchell – Mount Mitchell State Park, NC

  I had never been to the Black Mountains before this trip. They lie in that spot that takes forever to drive to from Chapel Hill. It’s unfortunate because they are beautiful areas and the tallest mountains on the East Coast, and inevitably I have to hike there. My mind was set, I was going …

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Jun 11 2014

Colbert Ridge to Woody Ridge – Pisgah National Forest, NC

  Last year I really enjoyed my first trip to the Black Mountains. I assumed that the views would be restricted with the mountains covered in conifer forests. Despite my fears, the views from Maple Camp Bald, Mount Craig, and Mount Mitchell were outstanding. However, most of the hike was on well-trodden trails with quite …

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