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Bearwallow Mountain Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gerton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.1 mi Elevation gain 587 ft Route type Loop

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Note: The trail is currently closed to protect the area during wet and freezing conditions. Hikers are encouraged to use the fire road instead. For more information, please see https://conservingcarolina.org/bearwallow-mountain/ Trail begins to the right of an old, rusted gate, at a new trailhead constructed in 2019. 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. For more information, see the Conserving Carolina website at https://conservingcarolina.org

Once at the trailhead, park on the shoulder of the road making sure not to block the gate or the road. Space is available for only a few cars at this trailhead, so multiple hikers should consider carpooling.

Trailhead is at the crest of Bearwallow Mountain Rd. where the pavement turns to gravel. It may be better to approach from the Hoopers Creek side and not from Gerton. The road up from Gerton becomes a narrow, unfinished track for about at least a mile or so before the trailhead. If you approach from the other side (Hoopers Creek side) then it’s a well finished road all the way to trailhead.

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Nancy Roberts
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Hiking

I loved the hike- beautiful!.....But I wasn’t expecting a bunch of cell towers and a parked car at the top! That was disappointing. ......The 25 or so cattle at the top were cool, though! Also, I’m sure the views would have been incredible, but it was pouring down rain, so I couldn’t see! Oh well! Fun hike, though.

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Spencer X
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Hiking

Very enjoyable, well maintained, mild-moderately strenuous, shaded, nice views of mountains and cows at the top. It was near empty when we went (weekday, mid-afternoon). We took the gravel road down.

Christopher Haggerty
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Jessica Norton
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Very busy on a Saturday around 11:30-12 but we took the gravel road up so not much traffic. It was rough but great exercise! Nice and shaded, very tranquil. The view at the top is so worth it, so much open space to sit down and have a picnic. Bonus is hanging out with the cows! Our 3 yearold and 8 month old were so worn out but it's great for a family adventure!

Stephanie Haile
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HikingGreat!

Very steep going up, but the clearing makes it worth it! COWS!! We took the gravel road down. I would def recommend that way down! We got a total of 2.3 miles. App said 17 floors up. Sounds about right.

Michele Fandozzi
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Madeline Anderson
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Hiking

Beautiful hike— and tranquil before it gets busy around 9-10. The trail is shaded until the meadow at the top, where the views are beautiful on a clear day. The trailhead for Trombatore is right across from the Bearwallow’s, but we didn’t have time to do it same day. TIP: the road coming from Gerton turns into a steep, gravel, one lane road for the last mile to the trailhead. If conditions are poor/you aren’t particularly confident in your vehicle, try approaching from the other direction.

Jami Patrick
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Hiking

Nice hike. Not crowded. Great views.

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Dana Sampson
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Hiking

Beautiful hike!!

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Lisa Fox
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Great hike. Easy vs moderate. End of trail has spectacular long range mountain views and lots of land to hangout to take in the beauty. Will be back with a picnic and camera.

Anita Vollmer
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Zach F.
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Hiking

This hike was amazing! The hike up was easy-moderate and was very cool and shady. Once you get up to the meadow area you have a 360 view of the surrounding area. The cows were calm and very cool to see up close and personal with them. i would also recommend going back down the road for a different nice scenery on the way back to your car! I will definitely recommend this one to a ton of people

Preston Juliette
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I really, really enjoyed this trail. I arrived at the trail at 645 AM, there was not a soul in sight (not even cows!), so I had the entire trail and view to myself. I got back to my car at around 730 and there still wasn't any other car in the parking lot. Moderate incline on the way up, great workout and beautiful wide-sweeping views at the top. Highly recommend. There is over a mile of dirt road to get to the trailhead, at least driving in from Asheville (if you continued past the trail the road is cemented), so possibly beware of this during rainy or winter conditions. I've recorded a 4K walk through of the entire hike for anyone curious to see: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPLU-oIIlxqwT7BUexmlAOg/

Olivia Tedeschi
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A beautiful trail and the cows were awesome! It is a zig zag up the way up but luckily all down hill on the way back. Moderate is a great rating. The road to get there depending which was you come is super narrow and dirt road. There's a little creek that runs through it so it is washed out in some areas. Take your time and happy Hiking!

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Danielle Thomas
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I’m not an avid hiker and I found it more difficult than expected. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially at the top with the views, but I was indeed very out of breath. On a hot day in July, it was nice, as the shade and elevation made it much more comfortable. Would love to return and catch a sunrise or sunset. Would be nice to hit up the orchard close by too.

Megan Cochran
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Magical is correct! Followed another reviewer’s advice and took the fire road up to see sunrise. Broke a sweat! We didn’t make it to the end of the trail though as my daughter decided the cows and the views from the field were good enough, and she was tired. Another couple came off the trail with a blanket and a dog -the dog seemed to know where they were going- and they went all the way up. I’d like to go back again for sunrise but take the trail up, and also for sunset. The trail is gorgeous. Bearwallow might be a favorite so far. As for getting there, we went ahead and took the Gerton route since it was shorter, and my scrappy Honda Civic made it up the dirt road, but I wouldn’t recommend it. We took the other way going home and it was much more scenic and much easier on the car (and our nerves.) Overall, an excellent way to start the day!

Amy Cross
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what an amazing trail with spectacular views from the pasture at the top, and the cows on the trail were absolutely delightful!

Angela Moreland
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Hiking

Very magical little hike. I started at about 7pm just in time for the sunset which was beautiful. The trail head was very easily marked with parking directly outside the trail head. Well maintained trail and easy to stick to. This was my first hike in a couple years and it was the perfect length and the views were breath taking. The top is a grazing pasture for cows, so watch your step. The cows all seem very used to people which only added to the experience. I took the fire road on the way back down since it was getting dark. I would absolutely do this hike again. Taking the fire road up to sunrise then hiking back down would be an awesome time!

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Cynthia Metsker
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Hiking

This is a sweet little trail. There is a windy, wooded trail and a wider firetower access road, so do a loop or out and back. I did a loop both times and really enjoyed it. The first time qas soupy which made for magical photos. Second time was clear with substantial distant views. Cows and wildflower make a good blend. Saving this for out of shape, out of town visitors.

See A Moose
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Went twice within a week. Nice hike with only one area that I had to climb over fallen tree. The meadow view did not disappoint and more cows out the second time.

Kristina Barnes
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Wooded with plenty of shade, great picnic spot at the bald on top with the cows.

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Jacob Coats
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Great views, lots of friendly cows. Hiked all the way up to the fire tower then enjoyed a great lunch on the rocks.

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Liam Hirapara
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Hiking

Really nice trail - easy for the kids and great views near the top. You’ll be able to see cows and maybe wildflowers at the peak. We went around 6:30 and made it down by 7:30. Almost nobody was on the trail around sunset.

Jane Couch
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Nice trail. Easy climb. Way too many people on the trail. Nice view at the top.

Matt McCormick
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Hiking

Awesome trail! Some good elevation gain to the top, easy for kids, they LOVED all the cows, they walk on the trail right by you at times. The top is beautiful with the fields of flowers and panoramic views. Will definitely be back.

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Kelli Matheny
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The trail is open again. Very popular on a Saturday morning around 10:30. Was popular for families and dog owners. Nice two mile hike it’s a little strenuous but not too bad that makes it easy for little ones. The view from the mountain is breathtaking. There are some rocks to sit on or bring a blanket. Just watch out for all the cow pies. Will be adding to favorite hikes.

Sarah C.
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Beautiful trail with plenty of spring flora to enjoy. Wish I remembered binoculars as we saw a variety of birds. We ate lunch, flew a kite and watched the cows at their salt licks for over an hour. It was a wonderful experience, my kids and I enjoyed the time on the bald.

Anne Davis
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Great climbing trail for kids. It did take us an hour to get one mile but it was hot and my kids are young. The view at the top was worth it. Not crowded- able to social distance on the trail

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Mack Meller
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Easy 2 mile roundtrip hike to some great views on top of the mountain in both directions. Flame azaleas and mountain laurel on the way up and yellow wildflowers in the meadow on top made the trail even more nice. Moderately, but not overly trafficked on a nice Tuesday morning. Rated 4 stars rather than 5 since there is a huge array of powerlines and cell towers on top of the mountain which is quite an eyesore, but at least it only takes over part of the view.

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