Black Mountain is located in the St Francois Mountain range of the Missouri Ozarks. It is one of the tallest peaks in that range and part of the mountain is public land, while other parts are privately held. The public land lies within the boundaries of Mark Twain National Forest, but there are no hiking trails. After heavy rains some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Missouri occur in one of the mountain's ravine. To explore the upper falls requires ascending the ravine, climbing over granite boulders which are slippery when wet. Picking one's route among the boulders numerous cascades and waterfalls are encountered. It is a remote and rugged climb but worth the effort.