12 Best Things To Do In Black Mountain, North Carolina

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Black Mountain is a part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is near several Christian retreat areas, including Ridgecrest and the Montreat Conference Center. The town is named for the old train stop, at the Black Mountain Depot. SafeWise has named Black Mountain “one of the 50 safest towns in North Carolina,” and the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper voted it as the “Best Small Town in Western North Carolina.” Some of the favorite stops here are Lake Tomahawk, White Horse Black Mountain, Swannanoa Valley Museum, Point Lookout Trail, and much more. If you’re wondering what to do in Black Mountain, we narrowed the long list down to some of the best options. Book the best Airbnbs vacation rentals now and discover the top 12 best things to do in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

1. Swannanoa Valley Museum

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Next week is the last full week that we will have our "Rivercane Renaissance" traveling exhibit up in the museum! If you...

Posted by Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center on Friday, June 10, 2022

Swannanoa Valley Museum reflects the history of Western North Carolina. Exhibits in the museum include photos and artifacts, which depict the lives of the early pioneers and their descendants, as well as the development and growth of towns in the valley. The museum sponsors numerous guided hikes and walks, heritage tours, and special programs and events of historical or environmental interest.

This is the best place to learn about the social, cultural and natural history of this area of mountains. There is a fascinating exhibit, for 2017.

Swannanoa Valley Museum

Address: 223 West State Street, POB 306, Black Mountain, NC 28711, United States

Website: Swannanoa Valley Museum

Phone Number: +1 828-669-9566

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2. Lake Tomahawk Park

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Posted by Lake Tomahawk on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lake Tomahawk is one of the best Black Mountain attractions. This picturesque lake, with great spots for fishing, strolling, and golfing is close to the heart of the town. A senior center, tennis courts, and a public swimming pool sit on its north end, along with a large covered picnic pavilion and a gazebo, while its southern end has a small wooded picnic area. This is a versatile place, with something for everyone who is traveling through the area.

Lake Tomahawk Park

Address: 401 Laurel Cir Dr, Black Mountain, NC 28711, USA

Phone Number: +1 828-669-2052

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3. Sourwood Festival

The Sourwood Festival is one of the best Black Mountain activities to experience. It is a family-oriented, street festival which includes authentic arts and crafts, face-painting, bouncy rides, a large variety of food booths, a music tent with acts throughout each day, carnival rides, honey and bee demonstrations, and more fun for children. Plan to come out and spend the day. The festival dates for 2017 are August 12-13.

Sourwood Festival

Address: 201 E State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711, USA

Website: Sourwood Festival

Phone Number: +1 828-669-2300

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4. White Horse Black Mountain

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Late afternoon sun. My favorite time.

Posted by Seven Sisters Gallery on Wednesday, October 7, 2020

White Horse Black Mountain is a music and arts venue in beautiful, historic, downtown Black Mountain, focusing on music, arts, spirit and community. They offer state-of-the art sound, cabaret-style seating, an outdoor patio, and a bar/concession area, serving beer, wine, and snacks. The events are family friendly and it is a great place to hear all sorts of music.

White Horse

Address: 105 Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711, USA

Website: White Horse

Phone Number: +1 828-669-0816

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5. Inn on Mill Creek

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The Inn on Mill Creek is a popular home base for travelers who want to explore the North Carolina mountains. It is not far from Asheville, Biltmore Estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway, state parks, various hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as locally owned shops, galleries, microbreweries and more. It has spacious guest rooms, decorated to reflect the natural beauty of the mountains. And it has plenty of space for you to relax, reflect and take your vacation at your own pace.

In addition, it is also a site on the North Carolina Birding Trail and offers birding enthusiasts the opportunity to see several different species.

Inn on Mill Creek

Address: 3895 Mill Creek Rd, Old Fort, NC 28762, USA

Website: Inn on Mill Creek

Phone Number: +1 828-668-1115

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6. Point Lookout Trail

Setrock creek falls black mountain campground
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Wncoutdoors used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Point Lookout Trail is a 3.6-mile (5.8-kilometer) paved path, winding through the woods, with serene views of the mountains, railroad, and forest. It is the most beloved and popular hikes in the vicinity of Black Mountain. Lookout has two summits and Big Lookout, the higher one at 3760 feet (1146 meters), has a wooded peak and doesn’t get many visitors.

Point Lookout Trail

Website: Point Lookout Trail

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7. Seven Sisters Gallery

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Seven Sisters Gallery is a destination for lovers of fine arts and crafts. It brings unique, contemporary art, craft, jewelry and furniture into people’s daily lives. It features handmade pottery, jewelry, glass, metalwork, woodwork, sculpture, and more.

Seven Sisters Gallery

Address: 117 Cherry St, Black Mountain, NC 28711, USA

Phone Number: +1 828-669-5107

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8. Creative Mountain Food Tours

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Creative Mountian Food Tours offers food, beverages and dessert tastings, at at least five local and unique eateries. This tour will be about 2½ - 3 hours long and it is appealing to all foodies and history buffs. Four tours are available on select Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons: the Sweet Tooth Dessert Tour, the Ultimate Foodie Tour, the Round the World Tour and the Pub and Grub Crawl. Reservations are required and tickets can be purchased online.

Creative Mountain Food Tours

Address: W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711

Website: Creative Mountain Food Tours

Phone Number: +1 828-357-7089

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9. Art abounds

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Have you joined us lately for a night of music and dancing? We are grateful for the talented Little Wild Things Photography capturing these beautiful moments last week!

Posted by White Horse Black Mountain on Friday, July 1, 2022

Black Mountain Center for the Arts exhibits a wide array of subject and media, from contemporary and traditional paintings to sculpture, photography, and ceramics. The main floor host concerts, theatre performances, authors’ readings, films and special events. Summer camps in the arts are offered each year, in June, July or August. They also present an annual auction for the arts.

Black Mountain Center for the Arts

Address: 225 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711-3408

Phone Number: +1 828-669-0930

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10. Don't stop the music

Toubab Krewe - David Pransky & Rayna Gellert
Source: Photo by Flickr user TimothyJ used under CC BY 2.0

Discover a vibrant nightlife scene, live music venues and coffee shops, sidewalk cafes and late-night spots, in Black Mountain. Acoustic Corner is a musical instrument shop. It offers a hands-on, relaxed and helpful atmosphere. Pisgah Brewing Company offers you house-made beers, an outdoor stage and tours.

Pisgah Brewing Company

Address: 150 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain, NC 28711, USA

Phone Number: +1 828-669-0190

Acoustic Corner

Address: 105 F Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711, USA

Website: Acoustic Corner

Phone Number: +1 828-669-5162

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11. Play golf at the Black Mountain Golf Club

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Big thanks to the maintenance crew at the Black Mountain GC. Keep up the good work guys!

Posted by Black Mountain Golf Course on Friday, April 29, 2016

Looking for things to do in Black Mountain this weekend? Why not check out the golf course at foot of the mountains? Enjoy a round of golf on the par 71, 18 hole course before stopping in at the 19th Hole Grill. They serve delicious meals and refreshments. The views of the greens and the mountains make for a very pleasant few hours. The course is interesting as some of the greens are downhill, while others are uphill. Have a go at the back 9 where there’s the former longest hole in the world at par 6.

Play golf at the Black Mountain Golf Club

Address: 15 Ross Dr, Black Mountain, NC

Website: Black Mountain Golf Club

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12. Relax in the award winning Town Square

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More great shots of Town Square.

Posted by Black Mountain Town Square on Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Town Square in Black Mountain was awarded for excellence. This charming square is set in beautiful gardens, with benches to sit on and enjoy the outdoors. There’s a splash fountain for the kids, clean ablutions, and sculptures. This little oasis is right across the road from quaint shops, potteries, cafe’s, restaurants, and clothing stores. There’s a delightful ice cream shop that’s handy after the kids have run around and had some fun in the gardens. The square is well worth a visit for shopping and for taking time out to relax.

Black Mountain Town Square

Address: Black Mountain, NC

Website: Black Mountain Town Square

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Spend your holiday here

Black Mountain, NC is a truly fantastic town to visit. Spend an hour or more exploring the local, old fashioned general store, and troll through the numerous upscale gift shops, galleries and Appalachian style craft stores, with unique local craftsmen demonstrating iron works, wood bowl turning and hand thrown pottery.

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