Hike the Trombatore Trail to Blue Ridge Pastures

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A challenging 5 mile out-and-back that leads to spectacular views of Bearwallow Mountain, the Hickory Nut Gorge and the Black Mountains.

Park along the road at Bearwallow Gap - this is also the parking area for Bearwallow Mountain. Starting at a little over 3600ft, the Trombatore Trail has been well marked by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy with red blazes. Parts of the trail border private land, so pay attention to the signage. There is a small spring about 2 miles into the trail that you can filter water from if needed.

The last push before hitting the pastures can get you breathing pretty hard, so take your time and enjoy your surroundings. There is a ladder stile you cross - make sure you have your pup on a leash by this point or he may get caught in the barbed wire around it. 

Once you've reached the pastures it's time to sit down and enjoy the view. There is a collection of logs around a fire ring just begging for you to take a nap. On a clear day you can see the Great Craggy Mountains past Hickory Nut Gorge with Little Bearwallow Mountain in the foreground. After you've had your fill of snacks and the view, turn around and head back to Bearwallow Gap.  

Pack List

  • Water and/or filter
  • Trail snacks
  • Camera
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RT Distance 5 Miles
Elevation Gain 1350 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers

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