• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Running, Yoga, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:


  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:


  • RT Distance:

    2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    583 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

The bald atop Bearwallow Mountain provides expansive views of the French Broad Valley and is an excellent place for picnicking, hiking, and soaking in nature's beauty. During the warmer months, cows dot the pasture, making for a very picturesque scene.

Once you have parked along the roadside near the trailhead, pass through the big gate on the right side of the road and take the trail off to the right. The trail winds up the mountain for a mile before it empties out onto the bald atop Bearwallow. Once on the bald, you can follow the gravel road up to the top for even more impressive views of the French Broad Valley, Mount Pisgah, the Black Mountains, and many other Western North Carolina attractions. If you trek through the woods behind the towers, there is an overlook from which you can view Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. If you want to change things up on the way down, you can follow the gravel road back to the trailhead, which is also about a mile long.

Be aware that the weather can be extreme on the bald. During the winter, winds can gust in excess of 70 mph and wind chills can drop to -30°F. Summertime thunderstorms pose a significant risk due to the exposed nature of Bearwallow Mountain.

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Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
    • Meals if wanting to picnic
  • Hiking shoes
  • Rain gear if the forecast looks wet
  • Camera
  • Warm clothes in the winter
    • Wind speeds can be extreme during the winter months and wind chills can drop well below -20°F
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Evan Fisher

Runner, hiker, camper, and so much more. Blessed to call Western North Carolina my home.

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