Bearwallow Mountain Trail

HARD 90 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.

hiking
3 days ago

Fantastic hike. Oct 15th great colors. I made a loop out of it. Took the foot trail up and the the gravel road down. very nice views!

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14 days ago

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19 days ago

I've been to Bearwallow four times now and I will go again many more times. One of the greatest aspects about Bearwallow is that it has two options for people to hike/run up. The gravel road on the left is very open and the easier one of the routes. When I go there to run, I choose the gravel road. Anyone who has trouble with more rugged landscapes should go up the gravel road. As for the other route, that one is an actual trail. It was great fun with spectacular scenery. You can tell the trees are older which gives the forest a unique energy. It's really not hard like the App says it is. I would rate it as a moderate difficulty.
No matter which way you choose to go up you're going to be met with a great open vista at the top. The whole moutain top has been completely cleared of trees and a person can see for many miles. However, there are radio/cell towers, an abandon guard tower, and an old power line that detracts from the full nature immersion. There could also be cows up there because hey why not, but those things don't take too much away from the mountains majesty.

As for the crowds, it's been a hit or miss for me. The first time I went in November 2016, I saw at least thirty people. The second and third time I saw less than five, but the last time I went I had the whole mountain to myself which was awesome! I recommend you trying to time it right so that you reach the top near sunset. That was my favorite time.

Hope you enjoy!!!

hiking
19 days ago

Cows and amazing views at the top!

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20 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Would not call this trail hard, but I enjoyed it

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is not "hard". I would say more like easy to moderate. My 3 year-old led the way the whole way up. Awesome, family friendly hike with a gentle gradual incline through the woods and then opening up to a gorgeous bald at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Today was our first trip to Bearwallow. The drive up is great and parking is easy. As far as short hikes go, this one is nice. It wasn't difficult at all, though I will say that it probably isn't a great option for those who aren't good with stairs/steep areas. The views at the top were quite lovely. It was serene up there, and the cows were off hanging out in the shade when we arrived. I appreciated the review I read before going that said we could take the service road back down, as that's the way we ended up going back to the car because so many people seemed to be coming up when we started back down. It was a holiday, so the trail was busy with lots of boisterous patrons. We prefer quiet in the woods, so I'll make a note not to travel this seemingly popular spot at a busy time next time.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Wouldn't say it's a hard hike. My 5 year old and I did it.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent short hike.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Fun little hike with a beautiful summit. The cows were cool and the trail was not difficult.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

It was a nice moderate hike. Two sets of views at the summit with cows sharing the peace. Pretty neat place

3 months ago

Definitely not "hard" as described by All Trails. It was okay, but I don't know that I would do it again. There is a nice view overlooking the city, but the towers and cow poo are a huge negative, in my opinion.