Bearwallow Mountain Hike

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Bearwallow Mountain Hike

Bearwallow Mountain is an easy hike, close to Asheville that can be done anytime of the year!  The views are stunning and totally worth the trip.

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Happy Wednesday!  It’s time for my mid-week blog fitness fix.

I talked a little bit about my hike up to Bearwallow Mountain last week in my C9 for Target® post, but today I wanted to share more specifics of the hike itself.

Bearwallow Mountain Hike

The Bearwallow Mountain trial is ideal if you are in Asheville and don’t have a lot of time to drive to a hiking location.  The mountain is off US Hwy. 74-A east near Gerton. The trail head starts about two miles down Bearwallow Mountain Road.  You’ll see this gate and parked cars.

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There is a well marked trail and sign showing you where to go.  You can climb the mountain on a trail with switchbacks or up a gravel road.  We went up the trail and back down the road for a two mile round trip journey.

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Bearwallow Mountain is a great hike year-round, because it is at an overall lower elevation than places like Black Balsam, so the drop in temperature at the top of the mountain isn’t as profound.  It is cool to go in winter because you can see through the trees and get a different view than in summer.

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The hike is steep at points, but manageable and includes some rock and rail stairs.  The trail gains over five hundred feet in elevation.

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We went after it had rained a ton and the path was pretty muddy and in places slippery.  I felt a little uneasy at moments and wished I had brought a stick with me..

Even though it was in the upper 40s while I was hiking, a recent cold snap left frozen waterfalls scattered across the mountain.  Stunning!

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We reached a little bit of a problem near the top of the trail when we found this…

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The water was frozen over the steps and way too slick to maneuver.  Luckily we found this alternative route up the side of the mountain.  Right over that crest is the bald.

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The bald on Bearwallow Mountain is expansive and beautiful.  I’ve heard in summer cows graze here.

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The views are breathtaking!

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There is a 360 degree view showcasing Hickory Nut Gorge, Downtown Hendersonville, South Carolina, Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Pisgah.

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Since it was a chilly afternoon there were only a few people on the mountain, making the trip even more special.

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The wind howled, but the sunshine felt amazing.

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We followed the path to the very top to look north.

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The mountains have a beauty even in winter that takes your breath away.

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At the very top there is an old fire tower and a few cell phone towers.  Kind of a bummer, but a necessity in this day and age.

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Near the tower there are some old trees and rocks.

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They looked kind of spooky to me and made a perfect picture.

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Since it was pretty chilly, we turned back around and looped back down the gravel road. The road was not very scenic, but we were grateful for the option especially considering how muddy the trail was. It would have been challenging and slippery to climb back down it.

Bearwallow Mountain is the perfect quick hike and a pretty fabulous way to spend an afternoon.

I’ve said it a thousand times, but I will say it again.  I love where I live 🙂  This is truly a place where you get to live the life you love.

Directions from Downtown Asheville:

Take I-240 East and continue onto US Hwy. 74-A East toward Chimney Rock.   Keep on 74-A East for about 12.5 miles along the curvy road until you reach the town of Gerton (there are signs.)  Turn right on Bearwallow Mountain Road and go 2.1 miles to the top of the ridge.  Park on the side of the road near the gate but don’t block gate.  Bearwallow Mountain Road continues down the mountain and eventually takes you to US 64 near Hendersonville.

Tomorrow I’m sharing a super yummy smoothie idea!  See you then.

Your turn!

Any other winter hike suggestions?

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By | 2017-08-15T14:04:17+00:00 February 4th, 2015|Hikes with Views, Hiking|58 Comments

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  1. Yes! I really enjoy hiking. We hike a lot of Pisgah and DuPont. I also like to run some of the trails. We are blessed with a gorgeous county!!! Have an amazing week Julie!!
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    • JulieWunder February 10, 2015 at 7:27 am - Reply

      Thanks Jess! We are so lucky. Have a great day. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club February 9, 2015 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    That scenery is gorgeous. I went to Asheville a long time ago to go rafting and it was awesome! We stayed in a cabin. I love Asheville – gorgeous. #wowlinkup
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  3. Jess @hellotofit February 5, 2015 at 9:56 am - Reply

    This looks like a beautiful hike! I’d like to say I’m a hiking amateur…I don’t do it often, but enjoy it when I do! Is that a sign I should do them more often? 🙂
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  4. Aimee February 4, 2015 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Wow, those views are stunning! I think winter in the mountains is just so serene. Thanks for sharing! If we ever travel to your area I’ll be sure to check it out! 🙂
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    • JulieWunder February 5, 2015 at 8:17 am - Reply

      It is such a pretty place. I really liked the winter views too. The frozen waterfalls alone made it worth the trip.
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  5. Laurie Morris February 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    I love when you post your hiking trips! Could you post a little more directions? I am from SC and not familiar with places up there. Thank you!

    • JulieWunder February 5, 2015 at 8:15 am - Reply

      Yes! I owe you this. I need to get with the hubs and I him help me. I am directionally challenged. I’ll try to update this post this weekend.
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    • Jenny February 5, 2015 at 8:48 am - Reply

      Hey Laurie! I’d co

      head up from south Asheville. If you GPS Bearwallow it will bring you up from US 74 in Gerton, as Julie mentioned. I like coming in this way:
      From Interstate 40, take Exit for Sweeten Creek Road (Highway 25A) heading south to Mills Gap Road.
      Turn left onto Mills Gap Rd.
      Take Mills Gap Rd. to Hoopers Creek Rd. (5.7 miles).
      Turn left on Hoopers Creek Rd.
      Stay on Hoopers Creek (past Charlie’s on the Creek) 2.5 miles to a T intersection at Hoopers Creek Baptist church. (Church will be on your right; cemetery will be on your left)
      Take a left at this intersection (still Hoopers Creek Road)
      Stay on Hoopers Creek until the road becomes N. Bearwallow Mtn. Rd. (approx. 1.5 miles)
      Stay on North Bearwallow Mtn. Rd. (approx. 2.7 miles) to Bearwallow Mtn. Rd
      Turn left at the sign onto Bearwallow Mtn. Rd. and follow the road past the community of Grand Highlands, to the trail entrance Julie photographed and described.

    • JulieWunder February 10, 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Laurie! I apologize for the delay, but I added directions to the post. Jenny also posted some great ones from another direction. If you need further help, please e-mail me and I’ll see what I can do.

  6. Lauren @ Fun, Fit, and Fabulous! February 4, 2015 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Oh, how I LOVE hiking. It is probably one of my favorite things to do. We only go to Colorado in the summer for the hiking not the skiing! One of my good friends is from Asheville and she always raves how beautiful it is! I must plan a trip asap. #wowlinkup
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  7. Gingi February 4, 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Ahhh, I love hiking, and this looks magical!! Thanks for sharing! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com
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  8. Cailee February 4, 2015 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Look at you!! This is so beautiful!! What a fun time! 🙂 Great views!
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  9. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes February 4, 2015 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I haven’t gone on a hike in so long!! I used to love hiking, but it’s so hard with the kids now!
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  10. The Frugal Exerciser February 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Is that in the Great Smokey Mountain? It must be really pretty in the Spring. I love hiking. #wowlinkup
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    • JulieWunder February 5, 2015 at 8:04 am - Reply

      Kind of.. I live in Asheville. The Smoky Mountains connect to the Blue Ridge Mountains here. This hike is just south of Asheville.
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  11. Angelena Marie February 4, 2015 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful place to hike! The frozen waterfalls were breathtaking!! Before I had my little one I used to do trail hikes in the warmer months. I love to hike outside, once she’s a little older I’ll start taking her with me.
    Glad to have you linking up! 🙂
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  12. Emilie February 4, 2015 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    What beautiful views! There are a few trails nearby but my boyfriend and I work opposite schedules so we rarely have a day off together to do something like this. When we do, we are usually signed up for a race! Frozen waterfalls are gorgeous. I bet this is a beautiful hike in the fall
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    • JulieWunder February 5, 2015 at 8:03 am - Reply

      My husband and I used to have the same situation. It is so nice to have more time.
      I also think it would be gorgeous in fall. It is close to my house, so I want to go back.
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  13. Nicole @ Fitful Focus February 4, 2015 at 11:44 am - Reply

    That looks like such a beautiful hike. Even the slippery ice is so pretty!
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  14. Danyelle Musselman February 4, 2015 at 11:26 am - Reply

    How fun! I’m not much of an outdoors type person, but I love hikes. We used to hike Camelback Mountain when I lived in AZ, the views were unreal
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    • JulieWunder February 5, 2015 at 8:01 am - Reply

      I was never “outdoorsy” until I moved here. I still have no interest in camping 🙂 I love to spend the day out in nature, but sleep in a bed. Give me a Marriot.
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  15. Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections February 4, 2015 at 11:04 am - Reply

    I love hiking. I would have been all over this!
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  16. Nancy February 4, 2015 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Bearwallow is one of our favorite short hikes when we don’t have a lot of time to drive somewhere. It’s beautiful in the spring, summer and fall as well. And yes, cows do graze up there in the spring and summer. If you go behind the tower and look off the backside of the mountain, you can also see Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.

  17. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona February 4, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Looks like a pretty hike. The frozen waterfalls are cool.
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  18. Rachel February 4, 2015 at 9:47 am - Reply

    So beautiful! What a great hike and fantastic photos!
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  19. Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit February 4, 2015 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Looks so pretty!! Love the frozen water!!
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  20. Annmarie February 4, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Wow, how absolutely gorgeous! I love hiking- I need to visit there sometime!!! Thanks so much for sharing and linking up 🙂
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  21. Dan Steadman February 4, 2015 at 8:20 am - Reply

    winter hike: try SC especially Paris Mountain State Park…lots of trails of varying distances and difficulties…all five of us hike…great family activity, they kids have hiked well really since before they were born…

  22. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets February 4, 2015 at 8:04 am - Reply

    It looks like such a beautiful hike! I don’t think I’ve ever hiked in the winter…maybe I need to give it a try!
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  23. Geek Fitness Beej February 4, 2015 at 7:53 am - Reply

    In the words of Liz Lemon: I want to go to there.

    I look forward to the weather warming up some so I can hit some trails and start hiking and trail running again. I even got in a pair of Altra Olympus trail shoes yesterday to motivate myself to get off-road more.

    Those pictures are beautiful. You really made me want to be there. 🙂

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  24. That looks gorgeous in the Winter so I bet it’s even more spectacular with leaves and greenery. I do like to hike but don’t do it very often.
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  25. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie February 4, 2015 at 7:36 am - Reply

    So beautiful! I wish I lived closer to the mountains – I love hiking.
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  26. Susie @ SuzLyfe February 4, 2015 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Gorgeous. I miss East coast scenery so much that this felt for a bit like I was back there!
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  27. Jenny February 4, 2015 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Bearwallow is one of my favorites! You can also access it by driving from Mills Gap to Hooper’s Creek to Bearwallow Mountain Road, it’s definitely a prettier drive up that way.

  28. Blane Sherer February 4, 2015 at 5:11 am - Reply

    Thanks for ” taking us along ” on your Bearwallow Mountain hike.

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