Black Mountain

Year Established: 1893

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Black Mountain is often referred to as "the front porch of Western North Carolina." The town of almost 8,000 residents has a vibrant but quaint commercial center and is noted for its cultural and recreational offerings. It's a community that breathes with a particular kind of mountain energy, embracing both its natural surroundings and its tastefully configured, small-town urban core. Black Mountain prides itself on its sense of community and friendly atmosphere. 

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Black Mountain is the “Front Porch of Western North Carolina”

Outdoor recreation is one of Black Mountain's hallmarks and nearby fishing holes abound. Just north of town, the 10-acre Lake Tomahawk and its bankside walkways are a favorite spot for a stroll, fishing off the peer, or a non-motorized boat ride. Several local summer camps are some of the most long-established in the area.


The town's historic feel is enhanced at local institutions like the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center. The two-story museum is located in the former Black Mountain Fire Department building, which was designed by Richard Sharp Smith (project architect for Asheville's Biltmore Estate) in 1921. Also downtown is the nicely preserved historic train depot, which is now run as a gift shop and event space by a crew of volunteers.

The distinguished, avant-garde Black Mountain College was located next to Lake Eden from 1933–57. Students of and visitors to the college included art and thought celebs like Buckminster Fuller, Josef Albers, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Albert Einstein, and Jack Kerouac. To take in this part of the town’s history, you must travel 15 miles to downtown Asheville and visit the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. The facility pays homage to the iconoclastic institution with an ongoing roster of exhibits, talks, and performances.


Community Amenities

  • Community Open Space
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Wellness/Fitness Center
  • Mountain Biking/Cycling
  • Walking/Hiking Trails

Nearby Activities

  • Lake Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Running
  • Walking/Hiking
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Mountain Biking/Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Entertainment
  • Art/Culture
  • Secondary Education
  • Golf
  • Kids Camp