Bearwallow Mountain

Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

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Bearwallow Mountain


  • A gate at the trailhead for Bearwallow Mountain.- Bearwallow Mountain
  • The forest floor on the way to Bearwallow Mountain.- Bearwallow Mountain
  • Stairs to Bearwallow Mountain.- Bearwallow Mountain
  • A species of rhododendron on the trail to Bearwallow Mountain.- Bearwallow Mountain
  • Views on the way up Bearwallow Mountain.- Bearwallow Mountain
  • Forest growth along the Bearwallow Mountain Trail.- Bearwallow Mountain
  • Rough trail on the way to Bearwallow Mountain.- Bearwallow Mountain
  • Mossy overhangs near Bearwallow Mountain.- Bearwallow Mountain
  • Rain rolling in on Bearwallow Mountain.- Bearwallow Mountain
  • - Bearwallow Mountain
Overview + Weather
Panoramic views. Well maintained trail. Historical significance. Old-growth forest.
Limited parking.
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
537.00 ft (163.68 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,705.00 ft (1,129.28 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Hidden outside of Gerton, North Carolina, Bearwallow Mountain is a hiking trail that is often missed by people visiting Asheville and the surrounding areas. The summit is a 4,242-foot peak that will leave you astonished. On a clear day you can see 100 miles. The Great Smoky Mountains, Mount Mitchell, and Chimney Rock are all visible from the top of this peaceful hike. Surround yourself in 300-year-old trees along a clearly marked and well-maintained trail.

Since 1937 the peak of Bearwallow has been host to a fire tower and an adjacent residence for attendants, and it was decommissioned in 1994. It is technically closed and entry is prohibited. Cattle actively graze at the summit of this hiking trail. No camping or fires are allowed.

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