Black Mountain Trail from Work Center
to Clawhammer Mountain

Picture of hazy view from Black Mountain Trail

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Date Hiked: 9/7/91

Length: 8.8 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: white

Main Features: views

Animals: pileated woodpeckers

Location: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Driving north on highway 276 from highway 64 in Brevard, turn right at the work center just after the turn to the Davidson River Campground (which is on the left). If you pass the Pisgah Ranger Station you have gone too far. Park in the parking lot at the work center outside the fence. Step over the railing at the far end of the parking lot and turn left onto the Black Mountain Trail.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 1,450 feet to Hickory Knob
Descend 250 feet to Pressley Gap
Ascend 925 feet to Black Mt.
Descend 185 feet to Clawhammer Mt.
Total Ascent: 2,810 feet

0.2 turn left off of road onto Black Mt. Trail
(the Thrift Cove Trail continues straight)
0.3 step across small stream
ignore the junction right with the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
(from this point on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Black Mt. Trail coincide
so you can follow the white circle blazes of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail)
0.8 small waterfall on right
1.1 step across small stream
1.3 turn left at junction
(the Thrift Cove Trail continues straight, the right trail is not labeled)
1.6 left switchback
1.7 road becomes path
partial views across valley on left
1.8 right turn onto ridge top
2.3 top of Hickory Knob
2.6 partial views of valley on right
2.7 continue straight across Pressley Gap junction and ascend stairs
3.4 cross old road
3.8 stream on right
ignore junction right with Turkey Pen Gap Trail
3.9 spring on left
4.0 tunnel through dense rhododendron thicket
highest point near summit of Black Mt.
4.2 switchbacking descent
go over, then under rocky outcropping
partial views off both sides of trail
4.4 rock overlook on Clawhammer Mt.


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