Bearwallow Mountain

Asheville, North Carolina 28802

Bearwallow Mountain

Bearwallow Mountain Professional Guide

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"Home to breathtaking vistas and at least seven rare plant species, this preserve is managed by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) and features a fine wildflower-rich trail leading up to a grassy bald and its preeminent views. A historic but currently closed fire tower complements the scene. This is one peak nearly everyone can bag because the hike is short and fairly easy.

Save this hike for a clear day and you will be well rewarded. By the way, it is a good starter “mountain climb” for younger hikers. When leaving Bearwallow Gap for the hike, be sure to join the Bearwallow Mountain Trail, rather than the Trombatore Trail across the road (although this is a worthwhile endeavor)."

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"This short but scenic hike climbs through rocky woods to an open meadow and historic mountaintop fire tower. Start high and trace a switchback-laden trail through rocky woods. Reach grassy Bearwallow Mountain, where views of the surrounding highlands will stun first-time visitors. From the 4,232-foot-high peak you can backtrack or make a loop using the tower maintenance road. For decades, visitors have been coming up to the top of Bearwallow Mountain, despite its not being officially open to the public. However, the curious want to see the spectacular prospects from the mountaintop, where the Hickorynut Gorge, Lake Lure, and Mount Mitchell can be seen. On especially clear days the Great Smoky Mountains stand to the west. The buildings of downtown Asheville are easily identifiable." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
592 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
3,640 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,232 feet
Top Elevation
Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy: 828-697-5777,
Local Contacts
Bearwallow Mountain, USGS Bat Cave
Local Maps

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Dec 2018