Black Mountain, N.C.: Explore a mountain town with a great railroad- and arts-based history
Tucked between the railroad tracks that helped modernize Western North Carolina and the 4.5-acre Lake Tomahawk is the charming town of Black Mountain. An ideal place from which to base one’s explorations of the region, Black Mountain offers a diverse selection of shops and restaurants all within easy walking distance from the center of town.White settlers first explored the Black Mountain area in 1784, though the Cherokee lived there long before. In the Cherokee language, Swannanoa Valley means “beautiful valley,” and what is today Black Mountain was once known as Grey Eagle. However, it wasn’t until 1874, when the railroad to the Swannanoa Gap was put in, that pioneers truly began making the area their home. Nearly fifty years later, the railroad was converted to a scenic motor road, which increased the number of visitors discovering Black Mountain’s beautiful climate and making it famous as a health resort.
Today, Black Mountain boasts a cool factor strongly influenced by nearby Asheville but on a smaller scale and at a slower pace—though that may soon change as the town continues to gain notoriety as a great place to stay awhile.
For more event information, including guided hikes, gallery exhibits, and live music, visit blackmountain.org.