Bearwallow Mountain Trail

HARD 42 reviews

Bearwallow Mountain Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hendersonville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.2 miles 597 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

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forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

old growth

scramble

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Hike the Bearwallow Mountain Trail to the scenic mountain summit Trail begins beyond an old, rusted gate; walk around it and look for the beginning of the trail on the right. Once inside the gate, locate the trail to the right of the gravel road. The trail switchbacks several times to begin its climb upon entering the forest. At 0.4 mi., ascend a set of elaborate, switchbacked rock stairs constructed by the Carolina Mountain Club Friday Crew. The trail switchbacks sharply at 0.5 mi. and levels out to provide a breather as it curves around Bearwallow's western ridge. Once on the mountain's northern slopes, climb several more sets of rock stairs at 0.7 mi. At 0.8 mi., the trail emerges into Bearwallow's beautiful mountaintop meadow; in summer, you will share the grassy bald with cattle. Intersect the gravel road just beyond and walk it to its end at the summit and fire tower.

I guess it's "hard" because it's steep, but it's so short that it shouldn't scare people off. The view was gorgeous. (I did Bearwallow, not Hickory Nut Gorge, although my review shows up on both)

21 days ago

Short, steep hike. The top is wide but definitely go on a clear day when you can see.
There is an awesome trail across the street to check out as well that is not listed in all trails.

27 days ago

The hike was pleasant, not too strenuous. I would love to return on a clear day to see the view from the top! It was lovely even in the fog, though. There was plenty of room to walk around at the top.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful views!

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Nice walk to the summit where you will be rewarded with some great views.

3 months ago

awesomeness

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3 months ago

Quick, easy hike. great views up top. well maintained with plenty of wildlife

3 months ago

I love this short hike. Hard, but short. Beautiful summit!!

3 months ago

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3 months ago

Gorgeous views

4 months ago

Awesome, easy hike! We went when a storm was rolling in making the clouds unbelievable! Great views!

Fun hike, we like the grassy knob on the summit, fun for sunbathing and picnicking

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4 months ago

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6 months ago

Beautiful hike. The trail was well maintained and the greenery and rocks along the trail were very pretty. Watch for cow patties as you reach the end of the trail!

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6 months ago

Great hike. Really cloudy at the top the day we hiked it. Will definitely do it again when it's clearer. Loved the random free range cattle on the hike.

6 months ago

Love this hike!

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7 months ago

The up hike took 20 minutes at a moderate pace. Along the way there aren't many clearings for views, but the greenery was beautiful and needed no compliment! In early June, the mountain laurel was in full bloom right at the top. I loved the view at the top! It was open, covered in yellow flowers, a perfect place for a picnic or to bring dogs. Will definitely make this a regular spot.