Blackwood Mountain is a mountainside town located just east of Barfield. The town, often nicknamed Blackwood by its residents, is a mostly residential town with no schools, hospitals or major shopping centres. Most businesses within the town are convenience stores or restaurants and most students attend schools in Barfield or other cities.
The Amarak Montagnes National Park is a large expanse of land north of Blackwood Mountain. The mountain that the town resides on is part of the Amarak Montanges range, but is not actually part of the park. The park is a large expanse of land with 400 square miles or 256,000 acres. The park was established as a national park on April 15, 1903. It includes many hiking trails, lakes, horseback riding, rock climbing, skiing, camping, fishing, and wildlife. It also includes back-country trails for backpackers. West of the park is Native American tribal land. To reach the park, you can travel down Main Road for the main entrance or on the backroad Amarok Cliffs for a side entrance that is not nearly so busy.
The Amarak Montagnes were first discovered by a Frenchman named Francois Tremblay in the 1600s. In a different area north of the mountains, Tremblay heard an Inuit myth about a giant grey wolf known as an amarok which hunted alone. After he continued travelling and discovered these mountains, he was always seeing a strange, large wolf almost everywhere he went. He decided to name the mountain range Amarak.
In the 1890s, the people of Blackwood Mountain were trying to get the area to be a national park. In 1903, it officially became a part. Since then, it has grown with the amount of trails and visitors. It is a popular tourist location and many people come to visit. There are also some old, wooden cabins in different areas and these buildings have not been torn down. The park has not destroyed any of the cabins yet because their historians are still trying to discover which cabin could have possibly been Tremblay's. There are also ancient Native American artifacts that are still being discovered within the mountains and Historians and Archaeologists are working on piecing them together.
The Blackwood Mountain Drugstore is a little store with a pharmacy. It also includes miscellaneous items such as candy, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, books, magazines, and refreshments. The pharmacy of the store includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines. It is an excellent store for Blackwood Mountain citizens to quickly get supplies for cheap prices. It is located at 115 Main Road, Blackwood Mountain.
Blackwood Home for Teens is a boarding house in Blackwood Mountain for teenagers who are unable to live at home. Lately, it has become a sort of correctional center for teenagers having issues with drugs and alcohol, so some of the staff members are experts in helping teens get over the addictions. The home is located at 73 Patterson Street, Blackwood Mountain.
Originally, the home was built to be a dorm building for a college in Blackwood Mountain, but the college was never created due to the remote location and lack of funding. It was then bought later on and changed into a place for homeless people. After a new and larger homeless center was built in Blackwood, it was shut down again. After being purchased yet another time, the building was created as a boarding house for teenagers. It allowed teens with hard family lives to live in safety. It also allowed teens with addictions to reside in the house and have correctional staff members help them get over their addictions.
Currently, the house has many teenagers residing in it. It is also located at 73 Patterson Street, Blackwood Mountain. Any teenager of the age 14-19 is allowed to live in the house. Staff members live on the bottom floor of the house or in their own homes while the teens live on the upper levels. The second floor has room numbers with 200's and the third has room numbers with 300's. Also, each room holds two people, but roommates cannot be opposites sexes unless they are siblings. The rooms also come with an en suite so the two only have to share a bathroom with each other. On the first floor, there is a kitchen, dining room, living area, television room, small library, staff member bedrooms, and a few extra rooms for counselors to have sessions with teenagers who need any help
Brooke Vincent is a guidance counselor at the home. She currently lives in Lebeaux rather than in the home.
Mountainside Grille is a restaurant in Blackwood Mountain. It is located on 70 Main Road.
The restaurant is famous for it's steak and grilled chicken. It also has veggie burgers that are said to be some of the best in the town. Another fan favorite is homemade ice cream. It's a nice place in the middle of town for families to eat. It also has a bar inside located in another room from the dining area so the dining area will be a safe environment for children and families.
Mountaintop Grocery is a little grocery store where Blackwood Mountain citizens are able to purchase all of their grocery supplies. The prices in the store are also very low which is helpful for people in the town. However, sometimes their food isn't exactly the best, but it's the best in town. Mountaintop Grocery also has fresh produce from farmers in the area. It also includes a gas station in the front. It is located at 59 Green Branch, Blackwood Mountain.