Bearwallow Mountain Trail

HARD 69 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.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
597 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

old growth

scramble

washed out

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.

definitely not a "hard" trail. great view and easy to get to. don't have to spend all day on the parkway, especially if you leave near Hendersonville

hiking
6 days ago

Really don't see why this trail is considered hard, I would say easy-moderate, but the payoff is great. If you're concerned about the climb, take the side road up, I think it might be easier on the knees. Top opens up to a bald with great almost-360 views. Solid place for a picnic!

12 days ago

A nicely laid out and well maintained. Lots of switchbacks keep the climb from being too steep. In early June we were treated to beautiful flame azaleas and ferns along the way. The trail opens up to beautiful 360 degree views at top, only somewhat marred by cell phone towers. Option to return by way of gravel road.

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Good kept up trail. Waterfall was a little disappointing.

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1 month ago

Up hill the whole way up but easy on the way down. Started off cloudy but by the top we were in the rain and fog, would be beautiful in the nice weather. Great hike to start the day!

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2 months ago

Beautiful

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2 months ago

Beautiful

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3 months ago

Trail was closed so we had to take the road. Beautiful scenery none the less.