Trails in the Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead Area

Here is a list of all trails in the Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead area.

Each trail has its own printable page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

For general information about the Black Mountains & Toe River trailhead, see the Black Mountains & Toe River Trailhead page.

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Briar Bottom Trail

  • This trail circles around the Briar Bottom Group Campground and runs through a partially-surviving hemlock stand beside the South Toe River. Has a mostly gravel surface. Provides access to the Mount Mitchell, Setrock Creek Falls, and River Loop...
  • 0.6mi, Climbs Gently, Graveled

Nearby Trails

The following trails cross into this trailhead area, but are primarily accessed from another trailhead:

Commissary Trail

  • This is an easy walk on a gently sloping gravel road to a historic logging, and later, tourist camp site below the summit. Starts at Stepps Gap at the Park Office. Provides spectacular views of Mount Mitchell and the mountains below. Passes through...
  • 1mi, Some Hills, Few Obstacles
  • Mount Mitchell State Park Trailhead

Mount Mitchell Trail

Most Difficult
  • This long, strenuous trail leads from the USFS Black Mountain Campground to the summit of its namesake mountain. Most of the trail is on USFS property. Climbs 3600 ft in 5.5 mi, making it one of the highest single-trail climbs in the region. It's...
  • 5.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Mount Mitchell State Park Trailhead

Mountains to Sea Section 3 Trail

Most Difficult
  • **Pisgah Inn to Black Mountain Campground** Pisgah Inn, BRP mp 408.6 to Folk Art Center, BRP mp 382: from the Pisgah Inn to the Mount Pisgah Parking Area, the trail is co-signed as the Buck Spring trail. This leads past the old Buck Spring Lodge...
  • 67.7mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 5 Trailhead

Big Tom Gap Trail

More Difficult
  • The trail provides good views including Maple Camp Bald to the northeast. It offers loop opportunities with the Buncombe Horse Range Trail, Mount Mitchell Trail and the Black Mountain Crest Trail. This narrow trail is extremely steep and follows...
  • 0.35mi, Climbs Steeply, Very Rough
  • Mount Mitchell State Park Trailhead