Black Mountain is a quaint village that "rocks" with 40+ shops, 30 restaurants and three breweries. Some of our favorite shopping stops are the Town Hardware & General Store, Take a Hike Outfitters, Dancing Dragonfly, Seven Sisters Gallery, Europa Gifts and the sprawling Tyson Furniture Company (covers a whole block). Take a break at Dripolator Coffeehouse. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is a community arts facility in the beautifully renovated Old City Hall and houses monthly exhibits in the gallery along with programs in music, visual and performing arts. Next door, the Swannanoa Museum is a must for history buffs.
Just a few blocks from downtown in their quaint city park is Lake Tomahawk (401 S. Laurel Circle Drive), with a half-mile loop trail around the lake with views of Graybeard Mountain and the Seven Sisters peaks. TripAdvisor readers voted Black Mountain the prettiest small town vacation in America!
Many folks come to know Black Mountain through the numerous conference centers located within a few miles of the town, including Ridgecrest, Blue Ridge Assembly, The Cove and Christmount. The small village of Montreat, best known as being the home of the Reverend Billy Graham, is next door with a small liberal arts college and the Montreat Conference Center that features a beautiful Ben Long fresco in the chapel.
Stop by for a fascinating history tour at the Swannanoa Valley Museum.
Sourwood Festival: Second Weekend in August
Black Mountain's annual Sourwood Festival is always a hit with locals and visitors alike! This weekend features music, dancing, arts and crafts, festival food and kid's rides. With about 200 vendors, discover lots of local and unique arts and crafts, and there will be something to please every palate. Add to that the honey and bee demos and the gourmet sourwood honey. Free admission. Read more.
The popular LEAF Festival is held twice a year. See our LEAF Guide.
If you love to road bike, check out the Point Lookout Trail Greenway.
White Horse Black Mountain
This unique performance and event center in the heart of downtown features a variety of events including music, storytelling, puppetry, poetry, theatre, films, community events, benefit events, workshops and much more.
If you continue east down the mountain via I-40, you will find the tiny village of Old Fort. And the village of Montreat is just a few miles north. See more of our Coolest NC Mountain Small Towns.
Directions from Asheville: I-40 east for about 15 miles. Downtown Black Mountain is just a few blocks from I-40.