Explore the most popular birding trails near Gerton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

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

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike, very strenuous in spots. When you get to the top you’re at a pasture with great views (and also many cows!) would hike again.

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

hiking
23 days ago

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

hiking
28 days ago

Great trail..with lots for everyone to enjoy..

Nice trail. Easy access. Beautiful view at the top.

We are not your average hikers aka not as experienced and this trail was great but rough in the beginning like not sure if I was going to make it. Once we got up a ways it was a beautiful hike and nice heading down as it was all down hill!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

The trail is marked well, a big meadow at the top is nice, sat and had lunch.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

Nice and challenging! A steep hike but well worth it. A lot of birds, wild flowers and views.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

We hiked this from the trailhead up the mountain. the trail climbs quite a bit. The mountain top was really nice and a great place for lunch. Make sure you go to the fire tower. We took the gravel road back and saw several good caves among the boulders that would be great bear dens.

This is a great, well maintained trail. The climb up the trail will test your calves and determination a bit but it's very doable. You'll walk through beautiful scenery, big boulders, and find the occasional view on the way up. The trail is marked well. It starts and the gate and goes to the right at the metal trail pole. You can take the gravel road up but I wouldn't. We went up the trail and came back down the gravel road to cover the entire hike. The top is open and beautiful with room for kites, picnics, and laying out on the ground. Go up to the fire tower and hand a hammock in the trees to the right of it. There's also a big fire pit to the right of the tower. Make sure they allow fires so call and check before you do this! Overall, a very nice enjoyable hike. See my video on youtube. Link in bio.

Nice hike. Lots of icicles this time of year still. The views on the bald are really nice however the power lines and cell tower are a distracting disappointment.

Nice trail, marked well and maintained. Not much water at the falls last weekend!

There are several other trails near this trail, give Wildcat Rock trail a try, waterfall along the way to the summit with a beautiful view.

My first time hiking the Wildcat Rock to the meadows this past Saturday, there are a good many strenuous areas along this trail, especially as you continue past the waterfall. The falls did not have alot of water, alot was frozen. Before the waterfall there are a few creek crossings and all along the trail large rock faces and huge boulders.There are maybe 130+ rock steps going straight up in this area. The view from Wildcat Rock is worth the hike. From the trailhead to the meadow it is 3.8 miles round trip. Elevation gain is 1,100 feet.
I posted many pictures, be sure to check the out.

GPS users may enter N35.4734, W-82.3320

This trail is clearly mark all along the trail and is managed and owned by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.

From Greenville, SC
Start out on Hwy 25 toward Asheville
Get on I-26 toward Hendersonville, NC
Exit on Hwy 64 toward Chimney Rock
Take Hwy 64 for 12.3 miles until it intersects with Hwy 74
Turn Left and go 3.9 miles until you see a parking lot of the 'right' side of Hwy 74
There will be an old Chimney and a Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy sign
The trailhead for Wildcat Rock is across the street from the parking area

hiking
3 months ago

Great, short hike to a bald mountain with incredible views. Our pups loved it! Only regret is that we didn’t bring lunch and games to hang out longer at the top!

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!

Next time I go, I am taking a lunch and having it on the Summit. Nice grassy area and a good view, Have Fun!

After a January snowfall and subsequent melt the trail to the summit was gooey mud. However, the wintertime views from the meadow summit were well worth the slog, especially the view down the gorge to Lake Lure. We hiked back down the road, much quicker and easier, alongside sheets of ice and massive icicles extruding from the roadside rocks.

Was one hell of a job, but we did it. Us hardworking guys, and girls at the American Conservation Experience are glad to see the trail being enjoyed.

Gets pretty windy in that valley, and the ice can be dangerous falling off of the rock faces, so be careful!

Well maintained trail with incredible summit views.

Well maintained trail but goes up and up- wouldn’t call it moderate

Special surprise at the top. I agree that this is not hard, but definitely worth checking out. the drive to the trailhead is beautiful.

This is a well maintained trail. Great vistas through the trees all along the way. On the harder side of moderate, but easily done with short rests. Waterfall is amazing!

I would not consider it hard, but it was a great little hike

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

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Well kept and a great hike. Clouds obscured the view today but it was still well worth the climb.

This was a nice little hike with a great 360. Degree view, there was plenty of fall colors on the drive up here.

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