Little Bearwallow Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews

Little Bearwallow Trail is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gerton, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1679 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Park at the trailhead for Upper Hickory Nut Gap and cross road at the crosswalk. After crossing the street take the path down the stone stairs follow to get on Little Bearwallow trail.

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

If this is moderate, I’m afraid of strenuous! The trail was steep, well marked, and fun but everyone in my party was huffing and puffing by the time we got to the waterfall. There was a downed tree blocking the trail towards the beginning but it was otherwise a pretty clear trail. There were a few stream crossing but we all made it out without getting wet (and I was the only one wearing boots!)

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with a lot to see. The falls at the end are beautiful, and you cross the stream several times on the way up. I would rate it as more difficult since there is rock climbing and river crossing, but it’s still beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was great! Pretty hard and steep at times but very beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

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3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

It was a great hike but at several points very strenuous especially between the falls and wildcat rock. Really liked the grazing fields at the top with a look towards bearwallow mountain. Excellent blazed trail - thanks CMLC.

hiking
3 months ago

Had a blast and so did our dogs. It was challenging but not difficult. The top was just a field, but felt great to make it there. The dogs enjoyed the cool creek to swim in at the end!

hiking
3 months ago

Had a blast and so did our dogs. It was challenging but not difficult. The top was just a field, but felt great to make it there. The dogs enjoyed the cool creek to swim in at the end!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Fun and challenging trail up to the meadow. The falls are cool but don't expect a rager. The meadow has a great view and cows that we didn't see but could hear and smell them very well). It was tricky finding the trail again from the meadow.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Has a few good points on the trail so you can hike as much as you want. You can go up to the waterfall and turn back, or continue to the rock overlooking the gorge, and double back to get back on the trail to get to the bald at the top.

hiking
6 months ago