Black Mountain

Tallest mountain in the state of Kentucky, located in Harlan County. Located on the westward edge of the Appalachian Mountains, Black Mountain stands southeast of the nearby Pine Mountain-Ridge which erodes into the Cumberland Plateau.

Gravel road to top of mountain, and abandoned observation tower.

Elevation (feet): 4,145
Elevation (meters): 1,263
Continent: North America
Country: United States
State: Kentucky
Latitude: 36.9167
Longitude: -82.9
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Lexington, KY
Convenient Center: Cumberland, KY

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 3 trip reports for Black Mountain.

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  • Log #22433 - by Steve Gruhn on Oct 10, 2013
    Easy walk from car.
  • Log #22428 - by Caj E Svensson on Oct 10, 2013
    Eva and I made a nice weekend road trip through Kentucky and Virginia with friends Patrik and Ingrid. The road to Black Mountain was one of the dirtier we ever seen, cars dumped, all waste dumped,...
  • Log #22101 - by Beth Shelton on Nov 20, 2010
    A little scary drive up the narrow road to the radar tower - foggy and desolate. Thought we were at the summit when we got to the radar tower, but the road kept going up. We hiked the rest of the way...