...an ordinary person
- Distance: 7.8 miles one way
- Elevation Change: 2125 feet
- Difficulty: Strenuous!
The trailhead is located at a small parking lot next to the Pisgah Forest Ranger Station on US 276, 1.4 miles north of the junction with Hwy 280.
Begin walking on the gravel road beside the fence past the sign for the trailhead for 0.2 miles where Black Mountain Trail leaves the road and forks to the left. The Mountains-to-the-Sea Trail ALTERNATE merges in from the right after 1/2 mile.
The highlight of the trail is Buckhorn Gap Shelter. It is picturesque with a spring just feet from the shelter.
The map to the left shows only a small portion of Black Mtn Trail.
Black Mountain Via Pressley Cove
Our Previous Hikes
We accessed Pressley Cove Trailhead on Avery Creek Road (Forest Service Road #422). We walked up the trail to an intersection with a gravel roadbed and turned right toward Pressley Cove Gap. From trailhead it is 1.3 miles with 1003 ft in elevation gain to the gap. We turned left on Black Mountain trail. We climbed […]
Total Distance: 5.2 miles round trip Total Elevation Gain: 1809 ft. Difficulty: Strenuous! Sunday, January 9, 2014 It was a bluebird day as the temperature climbed from the low 30’s to the mid 50’s — a great day to be outside in the woods. We accessed Pressley Cove Trailhead on Avery Creek Road (Forest Service Road […]