Explore Bear Den Camping Trip - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Bear Den Camping Trip Map

Most amazing view I’ve seen on the East Coast.

4 days ago

If you are just looking to hike down into the Gorge there are better routes with better views. If you want to camp this is a great trail there are several spots next to cascades. This reminds me a bit of Harper Creek Falls trail but without the payoff of a 3 tier fall. Also bridge is out at bottom.

10 days ago

Amazing view. We took Kistlers memorial highway from the Linville Falls entrance and followed the signs. From the parking lot it’s a short walk to spectacular cliff views of Table Rock, Hawksbill and Sitting bear.

I was expecting the trail to be much steeper than it was. A moderate trail is very accurate.

Great hike. Will definitely do again when the water is lower.

Nice little hike. The kids and dogs enjoyed it.

Nice short walk with some nice views.

1 month ago

Nice hike. Beautiful section of Linville river at bottom. Lots of complaints on here about how steep the trail is. With respect to other Linville Gorge trails I’d call this moderate to easy. There are a few fairly steep sections but you are hiking into a gorge. A little grade should be expected! As far as LG hiking goes this ranks as an easy trail.

2 months ago

Walked an extra mile because I got off trail. Thanks to All Trails map, I got back on track. A little ways after you start on the trail, you have to take a sharp right. That’s where I flubbed up! Beautiful hike. Rocky, root-y, and steep, and the river and boulders at the river are beautiful! Little streams along the way so dogs have water. Not sure how dried up they get in the summer . Nature’s stair master on the way up....! If you are young and/or in shape, it will be a nice hike. If you aren’t, like myself, it is a work out!!!

3 months ago

Nice little day hike. Down to a really nice section of the Linville River. The bridge crossing over river at the end of the trail is out, so prepare to get wet if you want to explore the river more or cross over to the Wiseman’s side.

4 months ago

Camped a number of times in the gorge, specifically at the “Mouse House” which is just across the river you reach while on Spence Ridge. Bit tougher to get across since the bridge washed out but a great place to do some backpacking.


Super easy for hubby and I with our two kids! Great overlooks, too. Beautiful views!

It was not the hardest hike I've ever done but will be one of my favorites. The falls were beautiful. The hike to the falls was easy to follow and there were many little trails around the falls to explore the falls in more detail. Once we crossed over to continue on the trail it became difficult to follow. We did a lot of bushwacking and stayed close to the trail only because of the alltrails map. With this being said, it was a lot of fun. We were determined to find a place to cross back once we saw the trail continuing on the other side. We did have to get creative and had to go below the trail to find a place to cross. We walked, climbed,scooted across a couple fallen logs with the water rushing under our feet and then jump across another rock. We thought it was a blast but might would be too difficult for someone older or without good balance. Once we reached the other side the trail was easy to follow the rest of the way with a gradual incline. This will definitely become a regular hike and possible camping spot.

great hike with nice views throughout, able to take both my dogs on it without difficulty . moderate traffic .

5 months ago

As we wrapped this morning hike up (~1.7 each way by our calcs), a car pulled up and the group paused to consider whether to hike this trail...We overheard, "Yeah, but once you go down, you gotta come back up!" before they pulled off in search of another option. That about sums it up, but the payoff is only at the bottom/river...My husband said, "I didn't even know this kind of terrain existed in NC!" Swimming hole (for our northern dog), rocks, cave, cascades, campsites...Beautiful! Easy hike down with a few watery/muddy hops & spots and plenty of rocks, so trail/hiking shoes recommended. Pole(s) help for the climb back up...People left a stack of walking sticks by the sign, hint hint. PS...This was *lightly travelled* the day we were there, but we imagine this was only because most folks were hiking trails in search of panoramic fall foliage views.

Easily walked paved trail, perfect for the whole family.
Road is rough and steep in some spots to get there though.

Nice short hike and falls can seen from 3 separate vantage points. The scenery makes it well worth it

Great waterfalls. Unusually swift water made crossing the trail challenging today. Terrain can be slick so proper footwear is a plus.

nature trips
6 months ago

One of my favorite walks-- I like to take my lapdogs; it's not too difficult for them. Interesting wildflowers at various seasons, nice views. I don't know why someone said this trail has a babbling brook; it definitely has nothing more brook-like than the drainage ditch by the parking lot.

6 months ago

Easy and has great views at the flat rocky section justly named Flat Rock.

I did this hike early morning and really enjoyed it. You can hear the traffic on 181 when you first start out but you diverge from the highway soon. There is lots to explore on the rocks along the river. The hike down is easy and the climb back up isn't too strenuous, but there are lots of rocks and roots along the way. Some people have been making their own trail straight up the mountain causing erosion, try to stay to the switchbacks.

Short, beautiful trail through the woods to the falls and back- lots of roots, a little steep, but so worth it. Swimming and boulder climbing opportunities. Huge area of flattish, smooth rock to relax on at Lower Falls. Beautiful view off the top of the fall at Upper Falls. Half way between Upper Falls and Lower Falls, you can find another spot with a cascade and boulders. Trail isn't marked well there. Will go back!

nice gradual hike...but the gorge hike is worth the extra effort.

You cross the river twice if you do both the upper and lower falls. Great Hike, bring water shoes! Me and my daughter loved it!

7 months ago

Nice easy short hike. My 2.5year old did it with ease. There are some roots and rocks. Great view even with all the clouds!

We did this hike with kids ranging from 8-12. Great time. I wanted to note that the first set of pools, just after a wood set of stairs, is the upper falls. We missed it and had to double back. The swimming area is just above there.

Short hike. Should be easy for everyone but two people I was with ( who are older) had lots of difficulty with the roots and rocks. Bad knees. Otherwise, not bad. Small falls but nice to see.

Awesome view short easy walk and worth the drive on the dirt road for the view

Great spot to experience Linville gorge if you aren't up for a hike. Very short walk and amazing views of the southern gorge. Tons of parking and outhouse available. No camping though.

Load More