Sitting Bear Mountain and Gingercake Mountain

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Sitting Bear Mountain and Gingercake Mountain is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Morganton, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

3.2 miles
895 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




Enjoyable hike to top of Sitting Bear Mountain in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area. Several opportunities for spectacular views. From one side, Devils Hole basin in the Linville Gorge, south through the end of the Linville Gorge with distant views of Lake James, across the gorge is Wiseman's View, and south is Hawks Bill, Table Rock, the Chimneys, and Shortoff Mountains.  Off the other side, in view is Grandfather Mountain, Calloway Peak, Blowing Rock, the cuts made for US Hwy 321, overlook the Wilson Creek Wilderness area, Brown Mountain, Gold Hill area and the west Morganton area. Several good views of Sitting Bear Rock (Squint your eyes and with a little imagination the rocks do look like a sitting bear.  Another 1/2 mile from Sitting Bear Mountain across a ridge will take you to the top of Gingercake Mountain. A short section from Sitting Bear Rock to top of Sitting Bear Mountain is practically straight up, but there are lots of small trees and roots to hold on to to make the ascent.

1 day ago

Beautiful views of the surrounding gorge and mountains! Quite an uphill hike while you’re headed to the top, but worth every minute! My only complaint was the lack of markers on the trail! Looking forward to going back to camp!

2 months ago

This will always be one of my all time favorite trails. I have been hiking it since I was a kid and will always go back. There are some spots that get hairy for small kids, especially past Sitting Bear but my daughter loves it. The views are unbeatable. Love this place!

2 months ago

easy hike to sitting bear rock after that it gets very steep then levels back out. great views along the way though

6 months ago

Why this is rated as easy is beyond me. It is moderate to hard, especially if you continue past the Sitting Bear rock formation.