A Velo Girl Rides Route
The Black Mountain Town and Country Loop begins with a scenic roll along the Oaks Trail greenway and around the Community Garden before leaving town to enter the North Fork Valley. At the head of the valley, the route explores first the Left Fork and then the Right Fork (out-n-back). Both spurs offer stunning views all the way to the Blue Ridge Parkway high above. As the route returns to town, it passes by Lake Tomahawk and then up and through the historic Montreat Arch. With Lake Susan at the center, Montreat is the home to Montreat College and many peaceful retreat homes.
This moderate route offers approximately 1,200′ of elevation gain over 20 miles.
Distance – 20 miles
Elevation Gain – 1,200′
Difficulty – Moderate
Start – Town Square Park 120 E State Street Black Mountain NC
Route – View Black Mountain Town & Country Loop on RideWithGPS
Great coffee can be found at Dynamite Roasting 3198 US Hwy 70 W. At mile 2.5, travel east on US 70 for approximately .25 miles to reach Dynamite Roasting on the right.
This route can easily be modified to start / finish at Roots & Fruits Market 151 S Ridgeway Ave or Pisgah Brewing 150 Eastside Dr. Roots & Fruits Market offers farm-to-table dining with many ingredients grown on site. Pisgah Brewing offers great craft brews and often hosts a food truck.
Explore an Interactive Map of this Route
You can explore the route on the map below — simply hover your cursor over the red line marking the route, and explore the map.
If you’d like to explore the route in the full version of RideWithGPS, click on the words “View full route” on the map below (you can find the words just below the RideWithGPS logo).
Navigating the Route Yourself
Once in RideWithGPS, you can download a detailed cue sheet with turn-by-turn directions, prepared by Velo Girl Rides, and including the specific advice for food options, restrooms, views, and potential dangers along the route.
To navigate the route on your GPS bike computer, you will need to download the .tcx file we prepared, but that requires that you have an account with RideWithGPS and login first.
To navigate the route on your smartphone, you will need an account with RideWithGPS. Simply copy this route into My Routes, and it will be available on your smartphone when you ride. We recommend this method, as RideWithGPS will provide audio as well as visual directions for navigation.