Day Trip to Black Mountain, North Carolina


Nestled beside the Blue Ridge Mountains, just minutes from the more popular Asheville, North Carolina, Black Mountain is the perfect place to spend a weekend day strolling around shops or lounging by a lake.

DSCN3065Black Mountain’s motto “The City that Rocks” must not be mistaken for a music reference. You’ll find old fashioned wooden rocking chairs all over downtown, perfect for relaxing and rocking the day away. Time seems to slow down in this city by the mountains and you’ll want to kick back and relax after a day of meandering down brick lined streets and into the many shops. Even on a weekend in mid-July the city is quiet and quaint. There’s plenty of free on street parking to be found as well as public lots within a few blocks of the town center.

DSCN3069Lining three city blocks you’ll find side by side stores filled with locally made art, pottery, and handcrafts, gift shops, clothing stores, bookstores, an antique shop, and plenty of restaurants featuring southern fare, vegetarian options (including several natural food stores), a tea house, cafes, and Sweet on Cherry Street selling candy and locally made ice cream with diary free options available.

DSCN3076Wear a bathing suit in the summer and cool off in the fountains of Town Square. You’ll find impeccably clean bathrooms and water fountains by the grassy area too.

DSCN3077Head to Lake Tomahawk, just a short drive from downtown to relax on park benches or walk the .55 mile gravel trail that lines the perimeter. Bring tennis rackets or fishing gear to play or watch the day go by.

DSCN3070If you’re visiting Western North Carolina be sure to make a stop in Black Mountain to browse through the made-in-America specialty shops, grab a bite to eat, or relax by the lake. The perfect place to take a step back in time and relax with small town Southern hospitality.


2 thoughts on “Day Trip to Black Mountain, North Carolina

  1. Elite Lawncare and Fence

    Ah, stumbled upon this delightful read about Black Mountain, NC! ️ The rocking chairs scattered across downtown give off that easy Southern charm, inviting you to kick back and savor the relaxed vibes. Curious about the local shops – any must-visit spots for unique finds? And that Town Square fountain sounds like the perfect cool-off spot – wonder if it’s bustling in mid-July! ️ Planning a visit soon; any hidden gems or favorite eateries you’d recommend for the full Black Mountain experience? ️ Excited to step back in time and soak up that small-town Southern hospitality! #LocalTips #BlackMountainAdventures

    1. Carmela Caruso Post author

      Thanks for reading and commenting. For food I recommend The Trailhead. The downtown area is filled with fun and eclectic shops– you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Town Hardware and General Store is packed with fun finds. You might also check out the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, located downtown, they offer shows and classes in an intimate space and sell local art. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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