Downtown Black Mountain is a quaint village with 40 or so shops and a dozen restaurants. 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.
New for 2016 is The Dancing Dragonfly (110 Broadway Street), a cultural arts store dressed in reclaimed materials that offers gourmet foods, jams, handmade leather goods, art, pottery and jewelry. At Europa (125 Cherry Street) discover a touch of Europe with Polish pottery, German Christmas ornaments, Swiss knives and watches, Italian glass, French soaps, and Scottish tartans.
Just a few blocks from downtown in their quaint city park, Lake Tomahawk (401 S. Laurel Circle Drive) with a half-mile loop trail around the lake with views of Graybeard Mountain and the Seven Sisters peaks.
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.
Stop by for a quick tour at the Swannanoa Valley Museum.
Sourwood Festival: August 13-14, 2016
Black Mountain's annual Sourwood Festival is always a hit with the locals and visitors alike! This weekend street festival features music, dancing, arts & crafts, super food, and more in a no alcohol environment make it the perfect event for the entire family. With about 200 vendors, discover lots of local and unique arts and crafts and there will be something to please every palate with BBQ and vegetarian faire, custom-crafted ice cream and funnel cakes and jellies. Add to that the honey and bee demos as well as the gourmet sourwood honey. Free admission. Saturday 9 AM-8 PM. Sunday 9 AM.- 5 PM
The popular LEAF Festival is held twice a year. See our LEAF Guide.
If you love to road bike, check out the Point Lookout Trail Greenway.
White Horse Black Mountain
This unique performance and event center in the heart of downtown features a variety of events including music, storytelling, puppetry, poetry, theatre, films, community events, benefit events, workshops, and much more.
Directions from Asheville: I-40 east for about 15 miles. Downtown Black Mountain is just a few blocks from I-40.