Bearwallow Falls

EASY 11 reviews
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Bearwallow Falls is a 1.4 mile out and back trail located near Lake Toxaway, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
413 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

Gorges State Park is one of North Carolina's newest state parks, and the property was recently purchased by the state from Duke Energy Corporation. The transaction created a 2,900-acre gameland managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and a 7,100-acre state park with plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and one of the greatest concentrations of rare and unique species in the eastern United States. The hike to Bearwallow Falls is easy and terminates at a large viewing platform that overlooks Bearwallow Creek.

hiking
1 month ago

My hike from the visitor center included both Bearwallow Overlook and Bearwallow Falls. Despite lower expectations, I was still disappointed after hiking to Rainbow and Turtleback Falls earlier in the day. While the view from the overlook is pretty, it is hindered by the lines overhead. And the distant view of the falls, after the short hike down to the viewing platform, was not that inspiring. With so many beautiful waterfalls in the area, this trail left a little more to be desired.

2 months ago

I reviewed this with the Horsepasture Trail. We did the mile hike from visitor center. There's a parking area and picnic shelter even closer. Easy and short, just didn't get great view of the lower part of falls, which would have made it prettier I'm sure. Ok for a little short excursion.

hiking
5 months ago

Very easy walk down to the overlook for Bearwallow Falls. We remarked that the signage throughout Gorges State Park leaves something to be desired, but otherwise the park is attractive.

hiking
Thursday, May 31, 2012

This is a review of the Bearwallow Falls overlook trail, which probably is somewhat different from the lower Bearwallow Falls trail, and is currently being updated inside Gorges State Park. The new visitor center opens in August. This overlook trail is about a third of a mile one way and leads to a platform overlooking Bearwallow Falls. The view is not that impressive and the hike takes all of 15 minutes, is a walk down and a climb up; there are nice benches along the way for those out of shape. Overall, this should be connected to the Lower Falls trail and I think that is what Gorges has in mind, as they are still developing it. The other trail to Rainbow and Turtleback Falls is much better and more rewarding, although a four mile RT. As for my recommendation, the view is nice, there is a nice platform with benches at the overlook, but don't waste your time if you are up for more challenging and rewarding hikes.

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