Is a town in Buncombe County located just 16 miles or 20 minutes from Asheville NC. Black Mountain offers old-time southern hospitality, small-town charm and unique dining. The population was 7,848 in the 2010 census. The town of Black Mountain has a total area of 6.7 square miles of which 0.23% is water.
The town is named for the old train stop at the Black Mountain Depot and is located at southern end of the Black Mountain range of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Southern Appalachians. Black Mountain in its present form was incorporated in 1893. The first recorded inhabitants of the area were the Cherokee who were forced out by encroaching Europeans. A road was built through the area in 1850 and a railroad followed in 1879.
BLACK MOUNTAIN DOWNTOWN
Downtown Black Mountain is a quaint village with 40 or so shops and a dozen restaurants. The town attracts seasonal tourism which is a main staple of the local economy. There are also many quaint bed and breakfasts. Singers Roberta Flack and David LaMotte, former basketball player Brad Daugherty, and NFL quarterback Brand Johnson, and Roy Williams hail from Black Mountain.
Some of our favorite stops are the Town Hardware & General Store, Black Mountain Iron Works, Take a Hike Outfitters, Seven Sisters Gallery, 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. And don't forget the Swannanoa Valley Museum. The White Horse Black Mountain is a unique performance and event center in the heart of downtown Black Mountain NC which features a variety of events including music, storytelling, puppetry, poetry, theatre, films, community events, benefit events, workshops, and much more.
After a wonderful dinner at one of Black Mountain's fine restaurants, take a walk around Lake Tomahawk. Just a few blocks from town in their quaint city park, Lake Tomahawk offers a well lighted level path for safe strolling in the evening. Walk the half mile loop around the beautiful lake with views of Graybeard Mountain and the Seven Sisters peaks. Also enjoy tennis, picnic areas, swimming pool and fishing.
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 township of Montreat, the home of the Reverend Billy Graham, actually abuts the city limits of Black Mountain and is a unique and charming village in itself, with a small liberal arts college and the Montreat Conference Center. If exploring this area, be sure and check out the breathtaking Ben Long fresco in the chapel on the campus grounds.
NEARBY CITY: Asheville, Hendersonville
TOWNS: Black Mountain, Biltmore Forest, Montreat, Old Fort, Weaverville, Woodfin
UNINCORPORATED COMMUNITIES: Alexander, Arden, Barnardsville, Candler, Enka, Flat Creek, Forks of Ivy, Jupiter, Leicester, Ridgecrest, Skyland, Stocksville, Swannanoa.
COLLEGE: Montreat College
HIGH SCHOOL: Charles D. Owen
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Charles D. Owen Middle
OTHER SCHOOLS: Black Mountain Primary, Black Mountain Elementary, Children and Friends, Black Mountain Primary Head Start, Rose Garden Day Care, Learning Community School, Stone Mountain School.
ZIP CODES-MONTREAT: 28757
ZIP CODES-BLACK MOUNTAIN: 28711
BUNCOMBE COUNTY ZIP CODES: 28701, 28709, 28715, 28728, 28730, 28748, 28757, 28770, 28776, 28778, 28801, 28803, 28804, 28805, 28806, 28810, 28813, 28814, 28815, 28816,
NEARBY COMMUNITIES: Montreat, Allen Mountain Ridge, Anderson Acres, Bear Ridge, Bonnie Highlands, Broad River, Catawba Falls, Cheshire, Cheshire Village, Chestnut Hill, Creston, Deer Run, Eden Glen, Forest Brook Estates, Forest Hills, Grove Park, Hardison Estate, High Cliffs at Round Mtn., High Rock Acres, Idylwild, Lakey Gap Acres, Lakewood, Laurel Ridge, Lynx Condominium, Methodist Colony, Mountain Brook Village, Mountain Vista Estates, Park Lane Townhomes, Rainbow Terrace, Ridgecrest, Shumont, Spanish Castle Estates, Spring Hill Estates, Stonecrest, Sunset Meadows, The Ridge at Black Mtn. Estates, The Settings of Black Mountain, Toms Creek, Wallace Mtn. Estates, Timber Park, Woodcliff Resort