Trombatore Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back 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.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,227 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips

trail running


bird watching


wild flowers


This trail shares the trailhead with the Bearwallow Mountain trail, but goes in the opposite direction.

2 days ago

This was a great hike, physically, kept my legs engaged going up and down consistently. It was nice and shady on the trail and hot in the sun at the overlook at the end. It’s the south, I expect bugs, but our pups seemed to have stumbled across a yellow jacket nest and we all got a couple stings. Nothing crazy, just keep an eye out for dogs digging on the sides of the trail.

5 days ago

Beautiful in and out. A little overgrown at the end but that’s the way she goes

12 days ago

Beautiful, challenging hike from ridge top to valley bottom to ridge top - and then back again. We hiked it early morning - I can see that it would be warm and muggy later in the day. Beautiful trail which terminates in a grassy ridge top with a fantastic view.

30 days ago

Very pretty mountain trail that is accurately described as uphill both ways. A mile-long descent, followed by some rollers, then an uphill ascent to a meadow. The meadow has good views, but a lot of poison ivy, so if you're looking to picnic or whatever, do the adjacent (and much shorter) Bearwallow Trail. All in all though, a very nice hike.

1 month ago

This trail is more on the challenging side of things but it well worth it. Thew views are gorgeous

1 month ago

Ferns and flying insects. Very buggy it’s deep forest so expected. Missed trailhead initially and took the Bearwallow trail

2 months ago

This is a solid trail with a beautiful view. We hiked this on a beautiful Monday afternoon - and only saw a handful of people. A few observations / comments: it is definitely not a hard hike by any stretch but the fact that you ascend at the end is kind of deceiving. Also, unfortunately there is some nearby construction about a mile in that offers some noise pollution. It doesn’t last super long though. The trail is impeccably maintained and marked. The view is really nice and the tops offers a really peaceful refuge. Generally would recommend this hike!

3 months ago

OMG, the view at the end makes it all worth it.

3 months ago

Good workout. Nice view at the top.

4 months ago

Trail is well maintained and signed. A good workout for a 5 miler. View of the surrounding mountains from the top is excellent. We even spotted Sugar Mtn near Boone in the far distance. Soil could be very slippery and even muddy following a rain.

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5 months ago

6 months ago

Beautiful hike. The views at the pasture are amazing and well worth it. Definitely a work out but between all the different elements of beautiful rock with algae formations, creeks/ fairy oasis waterfalls, and the abundance of trees makes you want to keep on going until you get to the top

7 months ago

If you enjoy or need a trail with some cardio challenge this is a decent one but not crazy. The trail is very well marked and fairly well maintained. There were a couple trees that had fallen recently and could be trimmed from the trail and to our surprise, as we were close to returning to the trailhead a young man who says he was hiking the trail to check for maintenance needs was just heading down the first switchbacks. The meadow at the very top has great views of the surrounding mountains and hills and would be incredible at sunrise if you like an early morning hike.

7 months ago

Good work out on this one. As many have stated up hill both ways - in a way this was good, it provided a good work out thru out. The big prize are fabulous views on top. We stoped for lunch and threw the ball around for our dog. The abundance of leaves made it a bit slippery in spots. Well marked, light traffic.

8 months ago

Parking is on the side of the road, GPS will take you right to it. There were a ton of cars around but it appeared everyone was doing the Bearwallow Mountain Trail not this one. We backpacked down the switchbacks and to an annoyance of deadfall over an exceptionally steep place. Beyond that one bit of deadfall the remainder of the trail was clear. Once we got down the first initial grade it seemed the trail leveled off until we started to incline to the knoll. We packed through the deep forest without seeing anyone going in and only one couple coming back out. Trail deadheads in the middle of the knoll. We stopped and had lunch and watched the clouds go by. Field had recently been mown so there was no overgrowth to deal with. Trail over all was very nondescript. It was a good workout to get the heart rate up carrying the additional weight. Will likely go back again during the winter to see the snow on the mountains.

8 months ago

Agreeing with other reviews, much much harder than expected. The trail starts with paths and stairs climbing down the side of the mountain you drive up to reach the trail head. The woods are very dreamy, but the drop off to the side of the trail felt steep at the beginning. Before long, you do feel very deep in the woods. The trail climbs and descends several times, passing some small waterways and a lovely natural archway bent over the path, which was stony and features helpful log and stone steps from time to time. Again, it is a challenging hike. You basically climb down one mountain, over the one next to it, and up one more to your prize- the view in the pasture. The hike is really worth it - this was our final hike over a 5-day NC vacation that had included lots of views, and this was the most panoramic. When you finally reach the top, there is a little ladder that gets you over a fence and into a small copse that leads up to Blue Ridge Pastures. If you walk towards the sky and up to the top of the small hill, you get a view worthy of the name. We went in mid-October and didn’t see any flowers, understandably; the pasture grasses had mostly gone brown and brittle, but the foliage falling around us and the rainbow of leaves under our feet along the way really completed this very challenging, very empowering, very rewarding hike.

10 months ago

Beautiful moderately challenging. I was the only one on the trail on a busy holiday weekend. It was pretty perfect. Easy to find and navigate too. Mostly shaded with sun at the top ❤️

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Up hill both ways, secluded trail. Offers a little bit of everything

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Loved the hike. It was harder than I imagined. Have fun!!

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Strenuous hike. It was uphill both ways. Trail is good, but this isn’t an easy hike. I didn’t think I’d make it. It’s very hilly and steep and lots of steps. The grassy bald really isn’t worth the effort to get there. The trail is rated moderate, that’s why I went. I can do moderate no problem. I struggled with this one. Very hard. Will not do again. Oh and this hike is a little over 6 miles not 5.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Great up and down hike in the deep forest! Views at the meadow are worth the hike!

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Light trafficked trail. Perfect for dogs and people. Goes out to scenic pasture where you can see all the mountains. Closer to 6 Miles

Friday, May 04, 2018

Amazing show of trilliums!!! Lots of wildflowers there this time of year!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Moderate route without much traffic. You come to a large pasture with some decent views at the top. Did not see any cows there. The way back was much harder! The pasture at the top of the bearwallow mountain hike is much better, however.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The trail is well maintained and has a limited amount of rocks and tree roots. The trail has a few man made steps but nothing overbearing. There are a few areas where other 'trails' may intersect but the signage is very helpful in these areas. There is one section that has big rocks to step over but for the most part, it is a very pleasant trail for your feet. There are a few sections of short 'steep' inclines but the trail is definitely on the lower side of moderate. I think the trail is a great one for beginning hikers or ones that want some exercise without overdoing it. The endpoint has a decent view but not a great view like some people said while my son and I were going up.

Friday, April 06, 2018

just beyond the 1 mile marker, up and over the hill is a beautiful sonic stream with fresh water for pet and a rock seat streamside for 2. We lunched there and rested.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Moderate hike with a steady incline. Beautiful view at the top but you’re not at the top of a mountain- it’s an old horse pasture!

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

super hard hike! beautiful and well worth the view at the end. the trail is well maintained and wide enough to walk and enjoy nature around you

Sunday, October 15, 2017

This is a 5 mile hike....2.5 out and 2.5 back. It's challenging, especially on the way back!! But the views are amazing!

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