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.
dogs on leash
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.
Trail was closed so we had to take the road. Beautiful scenery none the less.
Beautiful hike. Would do it again.
I love Bearwallow! Great spot to enjoy a sunset or a nice day hike. Lot's of great memories here.
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)
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.
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.