New to the area and looking for a safe place to run? How about looking for the best trail runs around Black Mountain and Asheville? Either way, we've got you covered. Here are some of our favorites, from smooth greenway miles to the trails that leave you in awe with insane mountain views. Stop by the shop, you may get Shaun to spill the beans on some of the area's best-kept secrets.

Black Mountain Greenway and Veterans Park

Distance: 1-5 miles 

Terrain: Easy, crush gravel, pavement, and tame trails.

Description: Home to many of Black Mountain's grassroots events the BM Greenway and Veterans Park is a wonderful, safe, relatively flat area for that pleasurable run. Mild cross country trails connect to the park making it a great variety of terrain and technicality.

Directions: From Vertical Runner you will head West on 70. Turn Left on Blue Ridge Road. Left at the entrance of Black Mountain Veterans Park.

Kitsuma Time Trial

Distance: 8.45 miles

Terrain: Difficult

Elevation: 2,625'/-2,625'

Description: Take your shot at one of WNC's most famous and tested routes. After a short climb from the parking area to the ridge, you'll take on twists and turns while dodging rocks and roots as you descend the mountain into Old Fort. As you enter the park, hydrate at the water fountain, turn around and use what's left of your legs to climb back up into Black Mountain!

Directions: From Black Mountain, take I-40 E for 2 miles and get off on exit 66 towards Ridgecrest, then turn right onto Dunsmore Avenue, followed by a quick left onto Yates Avenue. In about 1 mile, turn right onto Royal Gorge Road into the parking area for the trailhead.

Seven Sisters Summits

Distance: 15.4 miles

Terrain: Difficult

Elevation: 4,000'/-4,000'

Description: Get a taste of some of the best trails WNC has to offer on this classic loop. From grueling climbs, quad killing descents, and epic views, this loop has it all!

Directions: From Black Mountain, take NC 9 into Montreat for 2.6 miles, then turn right into the parking lot besides Lake Susan.

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