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10 Phenomenal Things To Do In Black Mountain, NC

Uncover the best things to do in Black Mountain, North Carolina. This gorgeous mountain town is filled with breweries, restaurants, shopping, and hikes.

Located about 15 miles east of Asheville, if you are looking for a smaller town feel, head to Black Mountain, NC. With less than a 30-minute drive from AVL, you’ll find yourself enveloped in gorgeous mountains around a glittering lake.

The walkable downtown area is filled with sugary treats, brews, and restaurants. The Cherokee used to live here, and Black Mountain is best known for its southern Appalachian arts and crafts scene.

In fact, you can visit the Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center in downtown Asheville to learn more — which is free to the public. We like to dip in to see what is new as well as leave a donation.

Black Mountain is also Grammy-award-winning Roberta Flack’s birth home; don’t miss a beautiful homage to her on the side of Black Mountain Brewing.

So, what are the best things to do in Black Mountain, North Carolina? Why should you consider Black Mountain as a fun Asheville day-tripping option?

As Asheville locals, we are sharing our top Black Mountain things to do, plus one or two items on our bucket list. Let’s get started!

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10 Heart & Tummy-Filling Things To Do In Black Mountain, NC

1. Walk Lake Tomahawk

Lake Tomahawk Black Mountain NC with mountains, tree, and blue lake with rock border
Take a stroll around beautiful Lake Tomahawk.

Walking Lake Tomahawk is one of the most soul-fulfilling things to do in Black Mountain on this list. Pictures of Lake Tomahawk Park are what originally drew us into this beautiful mountain town.

In the right season, encounter baby ducks and geese along with vibrant trees.

Visitors and locals relax, play, and walk this gorgeous 16.3-acre park with a lake at its center. Around the park, find facilities, tennis courts, a children’s playground, and a walking trail with bridges.

There is also a pavilion with picnic tables, and you can even find horseshoe pits. Non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake. Fishermen will need a valid North Carolina fishing license.

The lake’s perimeter trail is about .55 miles and is flat and wide — perfect for runners and strollers. The park is open from dawn to dusk.

Lake Tomahawk Park is located at 401 Laurel Circle Drive in Black Mountain, NC 28711. There are multiple parking lots along the lake.

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2. Hike Black Mountain’s Trails

The Seven Sisters Black Mountain North Carolina with Lake Tomahawk and 7 mountain peaks behind the lake with green trees
Say hello to The Seven Sisters.

From Lake Tomahawk, you can see Black Mountain’s The Seven Sisters. This mountain range spans about 3.5 miles and leads to Graybeard Mountain’s summit — which is technically not one of the “Sisters.”

Around this area, hikers will find a series of trails. Graybeard Trail (written Greybeard on the park’s informational board) is a difficult 9-mile, full-day hike. Since this trek is recommended for experienced hikers, we are eyeing it but have yet to brave it.

Instead, we love nearby Catawba Falls — about 20 minutes away in Old Fort. Catawba Falls is an easy and popular waterfall hike. Hike about 3 miles round trip to a 100-foot waterfall.

Read about even more about the Endless Hiking and Cascading Waterfalls around Asheville.

3. Grab A Bite To Eat

Black Mountain Kitchen And Ale House with white hand and arm holding up red beer glass
Cheers to this Momentary Bliss Berry Marshmallow Sour at Black Mountain Kitchen and Ale House.

Black Mountain reminds us of Hendersonville, NC with its quaint but busy historic downtown filled with shops and restaurants. If you are looking for foodie things to do in Black Mountain, the libations and restaurant scene won’t disappoint.

As a beer lover, I highly recommend Black Mountain Kitchen and Ale House. They have delicious burgers, gluten-free and vegan options, fried pickles, and of course, beer.

Black Mountain Brewing is across the street — home to the Roberta Flack mural. Next door to them, order all of the German meats at Berliner Kindl German Restaurant. We celebrated Tom’s 40th Birthday here.

Open Oven Cafe for brunch has lines around the block, Veranda Cafe sits next to the Ale House, and My Father’s Pizza is your go-to for grinders and pizza. Que Sera is popular for its seafood.

Read more about Black Mountain’s stellar restaurants.

4. Shop At The Boutiques & Local Stores

Town Hardware And General Store Black Mountain NC with old fashioned sign, side walk, cars parks along the road
Grab some fanciful and old-fashioned sodas, games, local literature, and…a hammer at Town Hardware & General Store in Black Mountain.

Do I really need moose-doing-yoga pajama pants and screen-printed t-shirts with bears? Obviously, I do. Peruse Black Mountain’s walkable downtown area, casually dipping in and out of shops.

We personally love C. W. Moose Trading Company for mountain-themed t-shirts and souvenirs.

Don’t forget to buy some Kitty Piddle soda at Town Hardware & General Store. Find pretty much anything here, and head upstairs for the local literature. I spied Ron Rash and Jan Karon novels.

5. Tour Black Mountain’s Hopping Breweries

Black Mountain Brewing Roberta Flack Mural with portrait of Flack and upper and lower deck with brewing building
This stunning Roberta Flack mural, painted by Nurkin from The Mural Shop, sits on the side of Black Mountain Brewing.

For boozy things to do in Black Mountain, we got you! I always used to think that Asheville was WNC’s only major beer scene until we starting exploring the neighboring cities and towns.

Black Mountain has delicious breweries with plentiful seating. Find craft beer, wine, mead, and cider options.

While you are walking around downtown Black Mountain, be sure to head to Lookout Brewing Company and Black Mountain Brewing. Both have indoor and outdoor covered and uncovered seating.

You’ll know Black Mountain Brewing by its gorgeous Roberta Flack mural. This street art is a part of Nurkin’s series of portraits depicting 23 North Carolinian musicians. Nurkin is the owner of The Mural Shop.

Flack was born in Black Mountain in 1937, and she is considered one of the greatest musicians of all time. Think “Killing Me Softly with His Song.”

You could also order a takeout pizza from the Pizza Machine, and then head over to Black Mountain’s Gear & Beer as part of the WNC Outdoor Collective.

This hidden open-air oasis is filled with local brews and picnic tables to enjoy your grub. You can even play cornhole.

A short drive outside of downtown Black Mountain, you’ll also find Pisgah Brewing.

Grab our Complete Guide To Black Mountain’s Local Libations.

6. Order Coffee Or Dessert

The Dripolator Coffeehouse Black Mountain NC with brown couch, yellow hanging lights, blue wall with star, and hanging shelves
Be sure to grab a coffee from Black Mountain’s best coffehouse, The Dripolator.

Just like Hendersonville, you’ll find a Kilwins in Black Mountain. Indulge with delicious treats like truffles, fudge, coconut clusters, and ice cream.

Kilwins is an old-fashioned confectionery shop with sugar-free options. Lactose-free choices are slightly harder to come by, though.

AND, just like Asheville, visit The Hop Ice Cream Cafe. We especially love The Hop for its lactose-free and vegan ice cream options and toppings. They also serve shakes.

For cupcakes with gluten-free and vegan options, check out Hey, Hey Cupcake.

If you need a pick-me-up, head over to The Dripolator Coffeehouse. They serve the best coffee in town along with pastries.

7. Taste Test Local Ciders & Meads

Black Mountain Cider and Mead flight of cider and mead on a table with bar in the background
For something a little different and fruitier, grab a flight at Black Mountain Cider & Mead.

Whenever we travel, we look for Celiac-friendly places for Tom. We loved finding a meadery and cidery in Black Mountain.

Black Mountain Cider & Mead is located off of the beaten path in an industrial community at 104 Eastside Drive, Unit 307, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Driving in, you might wonder where the heck we are sending you, but I promise, it’s worth it.

If you are new to the mead and cider world, grab a flight. Personally, we love cherry and coffee flavors. You can sit inside or outside.

8. Order Cocktails At The Distillery

Oak and Grist Distilling Company Black Mountain NC with four bottles of whiskey and gin on a bar
We highly recommend a craft a cocktail and gin and whiskey tasting at Oak and Grist Distilling Company.

Walk…no, run to Oak and Grist Distilling Company. Located in the same industrial area as Black Mountain Cider and Mead, you’ll love this progressive distillery.

When a picture of Ruth Bader Ginsburg greeted us at the door, we knew we were in good hands. Start with a gin and whiskey tasting.

Then, make difficult choices selecting one of their delicious craft cocktails. They also offer distillery tours.

Oak and Grist is located at 1556 Grovestone Road in Black Mountain, NC, 28711.

If you love gin, rum, and whiskey, read more about Asheville’s Distillery Scene.

9. Stay Over At A Quaint B&B

Inn Around The Corner Black Mountain Bed and Breakfast with bed with star bedspread, fireplace, and dresser in an older home with blue curtains behind the bed
We enjoyed an overnight at The Inn Around The Corner. Black Mountain has gorgeous Bed & Breakfast properties.

We like to park at Lake Tomahawk and walk downtown Black Mountain. Along the way, you’ll pass beautiful B&Bs and neighborhoods with eye-popping architecture. Remind me why I didn’t buy a house here?

So, even though we live 25-minutes away, we still like to take a luxurious night ‘away,’ staying at a Black Mountain Bed & Breakfast. We recently enjoyed an overnight at The Inn Around The Corner.

We also pass the Arbor House along Lake Tomahawk’s bank; this property looks heavenly with its gardens and lake view.

The Black Mountain Inn and Red Rocker Inn receive fabulous reviews, too.

Don’t miss these cottages, cabins, inns, and hotels in Black Mountain, NC. If you are staying in AVL, see our Asheville accommodation recommendations.

10. Catch Up On History & Local Music

Black Mountain Old Depot with red train caboose, flowers, and mountains and train tracks in the background
You can’t really miss The Old Depot in Black Mountain along the railroad tracks. Learn more about the history of the area and visit their art gallery.

Lastly, catch a performance at White Horse Black Mountain. Tuesdays are Open Mic night.

You may also drop into the Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center to learn more about Buncombe County history through their exhibits and collections. The museum is located in Black Mountain’s 1921 Fire House at 223 West State Street Black Mountain, NC 28711.

If you are walking toward Que Sera, Gear & Beer, or behind the main downtown strip, you’ll also come across The Old Depot. Learn more about the railroad, check out the red caboose, and visit The Old Depot Gallery.

Save These Black Mountain Activities For Later

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Have you visited Black Mountain, NC?

Black Mountain is absolutely beautiful and full of delicious places. What are some of your favorite things to do in Black Mountain? Where have you stayed and eaten that you loved? Please let us know in the comments.

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Adrienne Long

Saturday 26th of June 2021

A little heavy on the beer scene. Many delicious restaurants and unique shops in town too. Liked the featuring of Lk. Tomahawk, it's a beautiful spot. I did visit from Asheville on day and came back several times and did buy a vacation house. It's a charming little town!

Christine

Saturday 26th of June 2021

Hey Adrienne, This is true -- I'm a boozy blogger, but I will definitely update the article soon to reflect more shopping and restaurants for our readers; that's a great and extremely valid point; I appreciate it. Since you have a vacation home in Black Mountain (congrats!! I'm a little jealous here), would you mind sharing your favorite stores and restaurants with me and our readers in a reply comment? I'd love to hear what you enjoy since you are more local in Black Mountain than I am. Plus, I want to go check them out. We are always looking for new spots. Thanks so much! Have a great weekend.

Jose Camejo

Friday 21st of May 2021

Thank you for the article. Our son will be attending Montreat College, adjacent to Black Mountain, this fall. The town is attractive and very pleasant and I was really struck by the variety of restaurants in such a small town. You should do an article just on the distinctiveness of the restaurants in this small town. Ill give you 4 to start, Veranda (good variety) Cousins Cuban Cafe (as good as any great Cuban restaurant in Miami!) Black Mountain Bistro (great American bistro) and La Guingette (French/Argentinian)

Christine

Saturday 22nd of May 2021

Hey Jose. Absolutely! I was thinking about doing a Black Mountain restaurant post once we get to know them all better. I love a good Cuban and Argentinian restaurant. Thank you so much for the fabulous suggestions and starting point. I hope your son has a wonderful college experience -- and that college will be back to 'normal' this fall. If you have some fun Black Mountain experiences while you are visiting (or across WNC), please let me know what you loved (and didn't enjoy as much). Have a great weekend.