Black Mountain NC Area Guide
Black Mountain is a gorgeous town in Buncombe County, North Carolina with a population of 7,511 as of the 2000 census. This town is named for the Black Mountain range of the Blue Ridge range in the Southern Appalachians. Nestled downtown are a variety of shops that attract the seasonal tourists, which is the main source of income for the local economy. The town offers many quaint bed and breakfasts that act as home away from home for tourists. Nearby there are several Christian retreat areas including Ridgecrest and Montreat. The Black Mountain College was originally founded and located near the Town of Black Mountain, but has since moved.
Black Mountain History
The area of Black Mountain was originally inhabited by Cherokee and Catawba Native Americas, who knew the area as Grey Eagle. Early settlers were drawn to the area by the rugged natural beauty the area provided and the sense of adventure the surrounding mountains provided. The actual town itself was founded in 1893 and was named Black Mountain after the range of mountains that boarded the town to the north. At the time of its founding, the town became a major pathway for westbound immigrants, commercial trade, and the mountain railroad. Black Mountain soon became one of the most prosperous and picturesque communities in the country.
Known for its spectacular, breathtaking views, Black Mountain has welcomed visitors and new residents alike for over 100 years. With quaint shops, prosperous businesses, and friendly neighborhoods, this town has produced several celebrities including singer Roberta Flack, former basketball player Brad Daugherty, and NFL quarterback Brad Johnson, and Roy Williams. Surrounded by the great outdoors, Black Mountain continues to draw a variety of people to this lovely valley. Botanists, hikers, and travelers just to name a few come to commune with the great outdoors, as well as others who come to enjoy the historic downtown shopping district. This unique mixture of people and talent has created a lively community with varied assets and lifestyles.
Black Mountain Parks and Recreation
Parks and recreation services have always been important to the community of Black Mountain. With majestic mountains acting as a natural backdrop for year-round recreational opportunities, Black Mountain Parks and Recreation Department works to provide a variety of recreation and leisure activities, a better quality of life, special events, facilities and parks that contribute to health, fitness, relaxation, enjoyment and community fellowship for the citizens, neighboring communities and visitors to our town.
Listed below are the facilities together with the programs/course offerings/recreational opportunities that can be found at each.
Lake Tomahawk Park
Lake Tomahawk Park offers a variety of facilities for visitor use including the Jimmie McSwain Tennis Facility, a walking/jogging path that is a little over a half a mile long, a playground, picnic areas, a community garden for you to peruse at your leisure, a covered picnic pavilion, and a gazebo. Also available at Lake Tomahawk Park is Horseshoe pits, fishing piers, boating (please no motors!), and an outdoor performance stage. Located at 401 S. Laurel Circle Drive, Black Mountain, NC 28711, you can contact the park at (828) 669-8610.
Lake Tomahawk Park houses the Lakeview Senior Center which offers such courses as Senior Fitness, daily lunch, the “Van Clan” day trips, Bridge, Canasta, Backgammon, Billiards, Arts and Crafts, the Black Mountain Book Club, the Wood Carving Club, the Swannanoa Valley Quilters Guild, and facility rentals. Also housed at Lake Tomahawk Park is the Black Mountain Swimming Pool which is open seasonally and offers daily swimming, swimming lessons, and pool rentals.
Cragmont Park is located on Cragmont Road at Swannanoa Avenue. This park offers the John Talmage Tennis Courts, several Basketball Courts, and a ball field. Open to the public, this park is great for ball related sports.
Carver Community Center
The Carver Community Center is home as a plethora of facilities and courses designed for all ages. The Community Center offers the Recreation and Parks Administrative Offices, Classrooms and Program Space, Meeting Facilities, a beach volleyball court, a basketball court, and a picnic area. Programs offered include Gymnastics, karate, the Asheville-Buncombe Technical College Adult G.E.D. Program, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Western Style Square Dance, Handywoman class, Nordic Walking, toddler time, pottery, tai chi, and Weight Watchers. Located at 101 Carver Avenue, Black Mountain, NC 28711, you can contact the Carver Community Center at (828) 669-2052 or (828) 669-5213.
Black Mountain Recreation Park
The Black Mountain Recreation Park offers four lighted ball fields, a multi-purpose field, a walking/jogging path, the Oaks trail for your meandering, picnic areas, a fishing platform, and a 9-hole disk golf course. Black Mountain Recreation Park is located off Blue Ridge Road at Recreation Park Drive.
River Walk Park & Dog Exercise Area
River Walk Park and Dog Exercise Area is the place for Dog enthusiasts and those looking for a place to relax. Located behind the Bi-Lo shopping center on NC #9 South, the park offers picnic tables, a green space, fishing in the Swannanoa River, a walking path and, of course, a Dog park.
Grey Eagle Arena
The Grey Eagle Arena, which is located at 17 White Pine Drive at Blue Ridge Road and White Pine Drive, offers an indoor multipurpose arena and picnicking. Programs offered include soccer, dodgeball, birthday party rentals, practice rentals, and ultimate Frisbee clinics.
Black Mountain Community Garden
Black Mountain Community Garden is located below Grey Eagle Arena adjacent to the Swannanoa River. The Garden offers forty raised beds measuring 5’ X 50’. These plots are available for an annual fee to plant your own garden in or volunteer to raise vegetables for local food banks.
For more activities, please feel free to visit the links below:
For more information on the Black Mountain Department of Parks and Recreations, please visit their website at: http://www.townofblackmountain.org/rec&parks.htm
Black Mountain Events and Attractions
The Town of Black Mountain offers a wide range of attractions and events that draw residents and visitors annually. Whether it is the luscious natural surroundings or local shopping, Black Mountain offers an air of relaxation to even the most overworked tourist.
This scenic travel attraction is one of the world’s most environmentally diverse nature preserves. Grandfather Mountain offers 360-degree views of the mountain ridge after mountain ridge spreading to the horizon. For more information, please feel free to visit Grandfather Mountain’s website.
Chimney Rock Park
Chimney Rock Park provides the perfect place to reconnect with family, friends, and nature. The park offers invigorating hiking trails, spectacular 75-miles views, the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls, a variety of special events and much more. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is proud to be part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and is located just 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina.