The trail's northern terminus is onto an old logging road that can be accessed from FS477 a short distance (half a mile or so) up the road from where Pressley Cove trail begins. This logging road also goes north to Buckhorn Gap.
On the day I did this hike, my goal was to find the place on Black Mountain Trail where the Turkey Pen Gap Trail intersects (Turkey Pen Gap is a 5.5 mile trail follows a ridgeline that extends east from Black Mountain Trail to the Turkey Pen trail head).
So at the top of Pressley Cove Trail, I turned right onto the logging road, and in a very short distance came to Pressley Gap, where one picks up Black Mountain Trail.
Black Mountain Trail is labeled with a white blaze, but no trail sign. A few steps begin what will be a steady uphill climb from Pressley Gap.
The trail surface is very rocky and uneven, and can make for difficult walking. This trail is also open to mountain bikers and must be a particular challenge for them!
After 3/4 mile or so, one can see the ridge line to the east that Turkey Pen Gap Trail follows:
The images below are what a lot of the trail between Pressley Gap and the turn-off for Turkey Pen Gap Trail looks like (this hike was done in early November):
I thought this mass of root growth was fascinating! Click on the image to see it full size!!
One mile from Pressley Gap, you come to the western terminus of Turkey Pen Trail. This trail runs 5.7 miles east, ending at Turkey Pen Trailhead.
Elevation-wise, one has climbed another 1050 feet in elevation from the top of Pressley Cove trail, and 1975 feet elevation gain from FS477. A great, one day, car-shuttle type of hike can be done by heading east along this trail to Turkey Pen Trailhead. See my post about this hike here.
For this hiking day (given the short amount of daylight that one has in November), I turned around, and went back the way I came. Going downhill on Black Mountain Trail was quite tenuous, given all the loose, rolling rocks that were hiding under all the fallen leaves. However, given how steep Pressley Gap trail was, I was expecting that to be even more difficult walking, but it was a breeze to descend, and I was back at the car in no time.