Upper Bearwallow Falls [CLOSED]

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Gorges State Park

Upper Bearwallow Falls [CLOSED] is a 0.8 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sapphire, North Carolina that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.8 km Elevation Gain: 48 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

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bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

bugs

muddy

closed

11 days ago

It is OPEN. Doesn't seem like 0.2 down but it does coming up the trail. But a great trail, nonetheless and great waterfall. It is strenuous for this fluffy 63-year old.

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3 months ago

Nice quick hike. Downhill going and uphill back.

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5 months ago

Okay. I confess that I believed I was hiking to Bearwallow Falls but it is located near the other entrance to the park according to the attendant in the Gorges State Park Visitors Center. The hike to Upper Bearwallow takes you to a viewing platform and the trail is steep with several switchbacks but short. Only about .2 miles.

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11 months ago

Nice little hike... emphasis on little. It really is s short little jaunt down to the falls overlook, a wooden platform looking across the ravine to the falls on the other side. If you prefer your falls up close and personal, this one isn't for you, but it is a very pretty view and nice way to get out of the car for a bit, but might not be the best destination hike.

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Sat Feb 23 2019

Pretty falls. The hike is short but the elevation makes it a workout. We went late in the day and there was no one around making it peaceful and romantic.

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Thu Oct 26 2017

This is a short hike from the picnic area down a somewhat steep and well maintained trail to a viewing platform. The view is nice, but Bearwallow Falls itself is not that impressive, especially given the distance from the end of the trail.

Fri Sep 08 2017

I'd say easy to moderate as Trail is well maintained and easy to walk. Hike up is more moderate.

Sat May 20 2017

short and steep

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Fri Mar 10 2017

The Bearwallow falls trails has changed a bit in recent past. The trail has been shortened to just over 0.4 miles. This is a quick hike with a beautiful view. The trip to the falls has a steady declined slope and since it is a there and back trip, your return hike is all up hill. Since the hike is short though it isn't to tough. If you are in Gorges State Park this is a must. It took my family about 30 minutes to complete with a 4 year old hiking and a 3 year old on my back.

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