Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Challenging!

One of my favorite trails in the area.

Great hike and only about 30 mins from Asheville. The drive up is beautiful too. It was foggy when we went so didn’t get to see the full views at the top, but we still loved it.

hiking
15 days ago

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

Lovely hike. We tracked it as 4.7 miles. It was a moderate hike through an idyllic forest. The trail is well marked and maintained. Take a pic of trail map before you head up.

A little easier than I expected but a pretty hike. For difficulty I'd say it's a 3/10. 7 year old did it easily with a couple of a short breaks on the way up. Wildflowers, cows, & the view at the top were worth the time.

Nice hike but definitely not a moderate trail! Very strenuous going up.

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

It obviously rained the night before our hike and was a little slippery on some of the rocks. Yes, you have to cross the creek a few times but nothing major at the beginning. I would not consider it rock climbing at all. However, if you dare, the falls will provide you with an opportunity to rock climb or ice climb when it has frozen. I would consider it a moderate hike.
There are steps in places that some may find difficult. I wasn't really impressed with the summit. My five year old did it without any issues at all. I gave it three stars because I enjoyed it with my son.

Quick little hike to a hilltop view. However, quite a lot of power lines and communication towers. Not a bad family jaunt, though.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous, short, moderately strenuous hike through beautiful flower filled woods up to a huge meadow and 360 views. Excellent afternoon walk for families.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

Well maintained and seemingly well marked trail but I never did find the full loop of the blue trail! And, the red trail seemed to just mysteriously end at some large rocks...it was quite confusing. Otherwise decent walk in the woods, I had my two dogs and we only saw a couple other people. Probably wouldn’t go out of my way to do this again unless I was already headed down to chimney rock/lake lure.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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.

Incredible wild flowers!! Well maintained. Great switchbacks. Well marked. Do the loop

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

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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.

To be clear. There is at no point a waterfall. There are a few small streams. Zero waterfalls. Great for exercise if that’s the only goal but for a nice hike with your dog and some good scenery I wouldn’t recommend. Definitely hits the glutes on the way up :)

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.

Very steep initial ascent. The yellow trail starts you off through a steep slump of dead trees. You can then pick up the blue trail which is the longest section and ends at a Forrest service road. From there if you turn around pick up the red trail, you'll loop around and eventually meet back on the blue. Blue will take you to yellow and you'll be back at the trailhead. A few water crossings but there are foot bridges and stepping stones.

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