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At the top, you may encounter the local bovine population as they graze on the meadow grass. This trail also shares a trailhead with the Trombatore Trail, which starts on the opposite side of the road. Planning is underway to connect Little Bearwallow/Wildcat Rock and Florence Nature Preserve to the Bearwallow Mountain and Trombatore Trail.
For more details about the trail, the mountain and future plans in the see Conserving Carolina's link below.
The trail is part of the newly designated Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail System. That system is envisioned to be more than 100 miles of trails throughout Hickory Nut Gorge. To read more about the plans and see a map of the current and proposed trails see the link below:
WHERE: Gerton, NC
DIRECTIONS: The trail is located near the Gerton community in northeastern Henderson County. The trailhead is on Bearwallow Mountain Road.
From Lake Lure/ChimneyRock, take US 64/74-A towards Bat Cave. At the 64 and 74-A split, continue straight on 74-A. Drive for 5 miles and turn left on Bearwallow Mountain Road. Drive two miles up a narrow gravel road to the trailhead. There is very limited parking at the trailhead.
Let someone know where you will be and when you plan to return. On a long-distance hike, leave behind a copy of your itinerary.