Gorges State Park — Bearwallow Valley and Falls Trails

Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

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The area’s unusual climate is the result of warm, moist weather from the Gulf of Mexico that gets trapped by the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. The result is rainfall totals averaging 80 inches a year. (Consider: Asheville, just 45 miles to the north, averages 15 inches a year.) The resulting climate supports a variety of flora and fauna typically associated with a rain forest, including the rare green salamander and Oconee bell.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

The area’s unusual climate is the result of warm, moist weather from the Gulf of Mexico that gets trapped by the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. The result is rainfall totals averaging 80 inches a year. (Consider: Asheville, just 45 miles to the north, averages 15 inches a year.) The resulting climate supports a variety of flora and fauna typically associated with a rain forest, including the rare green salamander and Oconee bell.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Toxaway
Distance: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 244 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.5 to 3 hours
Season: Best in Winter
Local Maps: USGS Cashiers
Driving Directions: Directions to Gorges State Park — Bearwallow Valley and Falls Trails

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Apr 2018