Black Mountain

Distance: 30+ miles
Rating: moderate to strenuous
Elevation:800' to 2828'
Surface: dirt
Maps: USGS Quadrangles: Black Mtn, Roddy, Dorton, Ozone, Grassy Cove
Access: Take exit 329 off of I40 at Crab Orchard (east of Crossville), drive south on the road that crosses I40 to Black Mountain (5 miles). Park at Owl Roost Gap (3.2 miles from I40) or at the FAA towers. We have GPS waypoints (.gpx), maps, and driving directions for some of the trail heads at trail-head parking.

Click here for map ... good luck, also a 3-D map (24K).

Description: This is a popular hiking ( Cumberland Trail) and rock climbing area. No bikes or other vehicles are permitted on the Cumberland Trail. Off-road vehicles frequent the area, and there is a maze of jeep roads and ATV trails, making navigation difficult. Much of the land is private, so obey signs.

There are numerous loops and spurs on the south side of the mountain. You can visit Basin Falls. With a shuttle car east of White's Creek on Black Creek Road off of US27, you can ride 15 miles from Black Mtn through Dogwood and down the old stage road. You have to cross (wade/swim) White's Creek, so pick a dry time of the year.

Learn more about the history of Black Mountain. There are many interesting landforms around Black mountain.

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© Revised 4/29/96 by Tom Dunigan