Black Mountain Crest TR 179
This trail is rated as most difficult and crosses several 6,000 plus foot peaks. Portions of this trail are steep. From Bolens Creek's north end this trail follows an old Forest Service road before becoming a foot trail. Some of the trail near Bolens Creek is close to pools where fishing may be possible. The trail runs the ridge of Mount Mitchell with possible camping near Deep Gap and limited water. Near Mount Craig obey advisory signs to stay on the trail to preserve fragile plants.
*Important Note: To access the trailhead-If in a high clearance vehicle use four-wheel drive. Park near the Forest Service gate where the trail begins. Do not block the gate. If traveling in a two-wheel drive or low clearance vehicle, drop off hikers near Watershed Road that leads to the trailhead. NO public parking is available, except near where the trail begins at the Forest Service gate.*
Total Length: 12 miles
Total Elevation Change: 3,485 feet
Degree of Difficulty: Difficult
Beginning Point: Watershed Rd. (private property)
Ending Point: Mt. Mitchell State Park
Average Hiking Time: 10 hours plus (one way)
Amount of Use: Moderate
Blaze Color: Yellow
Area Trail Map: South Toe River, Mount Mitchell & Big Ivy Trail Map
USGS Quad Maps: Celo, Mt. Mitchell and Burnsville
From Burnsville, go east on NC 19E for 1/2 mile and turn right on NC 197. Next, turn left onto Bolens Creek Road NC 1109 and travel to a sharp hairpin turn with Watershed Road on the left. If in a high clearance vehicle, use four-wheel drive. Park near Forest Service gate where the trail begins. Do not block the gate. If traveling in a two-wheel drive or low clearance vehicle, drop off hikers near Watershed Road that leads to the trailhead. No public parking is available, except near where the trail begins at the Forest Service gate.