Montreat, North Carolina is a very small town (population 728) adjoining Black Mountain. Within its borders are Montreat College, Montreat Conference Center, and of course the Town of Montreat itself. The Montreat hiking trail system is open to the public and provides numerous opportunities for day hikes as well as overnight hikes to several peaks, including Graybeard Mountain and Mount Mitchell. A printable Montreat Trail Map is available here.
Many of the homes in Montreat have been passed down from generation to generation. It is common for new owners who buy in Montreat to have a lifelong history with the community. Usually, they spent their childhood summers in Montreat or attended Montreat conferences every year. Homes in Montreat range from the most rustic summer cabins (sometimes with no HVAC) to high-end craftsman homes priced around $1 million. Frequently, older homes are purchased and completely renovated.