Tidbits: Highest point in Kentucky
Summitted, February 21, 2010
Time Zone: GMT -6 hours
When to go:
Anytime, although winter snows may block vehicle access to the area.
There is only one route which is accessed via the dirt road described in the "getting there" section.
Hotel and Climb Reservation:
Black Mountain is on private property and you are required to printout and carry a signed waiver with you while on the property. The waiver may be downloaded HERE:
It is a bit tricky...From the Kentucky-Virginia state line go east on Route 160. You will come to a "Y" intersection with a paved road that has a gate and small road with a sign for "FAA Radar facility"...take the small road for 1.75 miles. At this point the road becomes a dirt road. After another 1/10 of a mile there is another dirt road on your left, take this another 1/10 of a mile to the summit (NOTE: when I was there this last section was not passable, so I simply walked the last stretch.
This section of the country is unlike anything I had experienced elsewhere in the US. Incredible beauty and incredible poverty. The hike itself is short and the views are limited. There is no cell service (at least when I was there) and it's not a place you want to get stuck or broken down. There was quite a bit of snow which I didn't expect this far south, but it did add to the beauty.
Highpoint approach road
Final section of (unpassable) approach road...easily hiked