If you’re looking for a home in the Asheville area, but want to put some distance between yourself and the hustle and bustle of the city, Black Mountain may be the place for you. Black Mountain is one of the most beautiful, exciting small towns in Western North Carolina. The town has a vibrant restaurant scene, access to incredible hiking trails, and plenty of art fairs and festivals to keep you busy for years to come.
About Black Mountain, NC
Black Mountain is a fairly small town, with a population of about 8,000 according to a 2018 estimate. The town was incorporated in 1893 and was named after the Black Mountain Depot train stop. Downtown Asheville is just a quick 20-minute drive west from the heart of Black Mountain.
The town is a very popular tourist destination, drawing in big crowds to see blossoming foliage in the spring and early summer and the changing leaves in the fall. Black Mountain is an ideal place for visitors who want to experience quaint mountain town living with easy access to the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Restaurants in Black Mountain
Downtown Black Mountain offers a number of delicious options for foodies. It may be a small town, but you’ll find everything from authentic southern classics to German restaurants. The best part is all of these restaurants are within walking distance. A walk through downtown also gives you the chance to browse some eclectic local shops, so it’s a win-win.
If you’re living in Black Mountain, you owe it to yourself to become a regular at Louise’s Kitchen—and do it quick. Louise’s is an iconic brunch spot situated in a beautiful old house just a few blocks away from the Swannanoa River. All of the conventional breakfast staples are on the menu—from eggs and sausage to biscuits and gravy to chocolate chip pancakes—all done to perfection. Louise’s Kitchen boasts a menu full of fresh, homemade sauces, and local ingredients like free-range eggs, which sets it apart from the competition.
Carnivores will want to take a trip up the block from Louise’s to the Foothills Butcher Bar. The Butcher Bar has been a Black Mountain staple since they set up shop as a farmer’s market vendor in 2002. Now, they have a brick-and-mortar location that serves house-made hot dogs, burgers, and sausages for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with brunch on the weekends. You’ll want to stop in on Monday for their $10 double cheeseburger and fries special, and set yourself up for a great weekend with a $5 mimosa or bloody Mary on Saturday and Sunday.
Hiking in Black Mountain
Sure, walking the streets of Black Mountain is great, but you haven’t truly experienced the town until you’ve seen it from above. If you’re up for the challenge, we recommend heading to Lookout Trail in Montreat, just 5 or 10 minutes from downtown. It’s a bit of a workout, since you’re climbing straight up from the moment the trail starts. The payoff is worth it, though—the trail ends at a rock outcropping where you can see for miles and miles, taking in the incredible Blue Ridge Mountains in all their glory.
Once you’ve taken in the sights, you can continue your hike by joining up with one of the many longer trails that converge at the top of the mountain, or just turn around and head back down the way you came.
Festivals and Farmer’s Markets
One of the best parts of living in Western North Carolina is getting produce and meats straight from the farm. The Black Mountain Tailgate Market, held every Saturday morning from May through November, is your place to pick up all the staples you need to cook fresh food at home. There’s also live music, flower vendors, and local arts and crafts to buy as well. Even if you’re not buying anything, it’s definitely worth taking the morning to walk around and connect with the local community.
Black Mountain is also host to one of Western North Carolina’s best music festivals: LEAF Festival. The weekend-long festival hosts internationally renowned musical acts alongside local bands, artists and vendors of all varieties, and plenty of good food and local beer. It’s worth it to camp at the festival, too. LEAF is held at Lake Eden, with plenty of activities from swimming and paddle boarding to ziplines. The festival typically attracts 50,000 patrons all gathered to celebrate art, community, and culture.
Homes for Sale in Black Mountain, North Carolina
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Black Mountain is an incredible place to call home, and Keller Williams Asheville is here to help you find the perfect house for you and your family. Whether you’re looking for a historic home or a modern marvel in a bustling neighborhood, we’ve got you covered. Keller Williams Asheville real estate agents have lived and worked in Western North Carolina for decades, and we can help you find the home for sale in Black Mountain that is perfectly suited to your needs.
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