Leaving several days early on a drive to New Orleans from the suburbs of Chicago, I hit eight southern state HPs on the drive down. Black Mountain was the first HP on the trip and second overall. Quite a contrast to my first HP, Mt. Whitney. The parking area for the summit walk is 600 miles from the start of the trip. No problem finding the road to the HP, came across many ATV riders cruising with beer in hand around the forest. Took a few photos at the top then headed to Adingdon for the night before hiking Mt. Rogers in the morning.