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Black Mountain Trailhead:

To reach the Black Mountain Trailhead, travel 4.2 miles on TN 68 from the Highway 68/127 intersection east of Crossville, Tennessee, to a left on Cox Valley Road. Take Cox Valley Road about 3.5 miles to a right on Haley Cove Road. There is a playground on your immediate left. Take Haley Cove Road 1 mile to a right on Battown Road and travel 0.9 miles up to a three-way intersection. Take the immediate left at the Cumberland Trail State Park sign and proceed 3 miles up the narrow and steep paved Black Mountain Road to a the paved trail head parking area on the right. Parking is ample and the ADA connector trail begins on the west side of the parking area. Follow the paved connector trail 500 feet to its connection with the Cumberland Trail.

Be aware that this segment of the CT is in Central Time.

The Black Mountain trailhead can also be reached from I-40 at exit 329 and following Battown Road south.

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Black Mountain Road Map by Don Deakins

Black Mountain hike description  (north to south):
Black Mountain Trailhead to Brady Mountain Trailhead: 3.6 miles: easy, (moderate to difficult if you hike uphill, south to north)

Brady Mtn Road Map

Brady Mountain Road Map by Don Deakins

 

Black Mountain hike description  (north to south):
Black Mountain Trailhead to Brady Mountain Trailhead: 3.6 miles: easy, (moderate to difficult if you hike uphill, south to north)

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Gateway Rock at Black Mtn.

From the trailhead parking area atop Black Mountain, follow the paved path on the south side of the parking area to the Cumberland Trail and trailhead kiosk which marks the beginning of this hike.

Observe the stone “spring house” used in the early days to keep food from spoiling and as a source of water. Trail switchbacks up a slope. Beyond the top of the slope roughly 700 feet, a side trail to the left takes hikers to a spectacular overlook of Grassy Cove. On a good day visitors can see Mount LaCont in the Smoky Mountains – about 72 miles distant.   Continue on main trail about 900 feet beyond the overlook trail, arrive at the intersection of Black Mountain Trail with Black Mountain Loop Trail. The tower to the right is an FAA transducer tower.  Turn left onto the CT Black Mountain Section Trail and begin a descent through a rock gateway. In winter months, watch for ice here.

new alignment from Windlass Cave to Rt 68

Part of the new alignment from Windlass Cave to Rt 68 trailhead. (Richie)

Upon descending, the hiker finds oneself among rising narrow bluffs with numerous passageways. Exit the bluffs and continue 0.2 mile over recovered fields and down to the campsite. The trail goes left around the campsite and down the southwest slope of Black Mountain. Many wonderful flowers can be viewed in the spring time in this mainly hardwood forested slope.

After descending Black Mountain, the trail crosses an old roadbed shortly before arriving at a 500 foot long spur trail to Windlass Cave. From the spur trail intersection, it is 2 miles to Highway 68 and Brady Mountain Trailhead.  When arriving at RT 68, look left across the road for the next section of the CT.  The trail from the cave spur intersection to RT 68 was realigned in 2013 eliminating a road walk.

Black Mountain Loop (click to enlarge). Map courtesy of Don Deakins.

Above: Black Mtn Loop Trail Map by Don Deakins (click to enlarge)

Black Mountain segment (click to enlarge). Map courtesy of Don Deakins.

Above: Black Mtn Trail Map by Don Deakins (click to enlarge)

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