Trails in the Grassy Ridge Access Trailhead Area

Here is a list of all trails in the Grassy Ridge Access Trailhead area.

Each trail has its own printable page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

For general information about the Grassy Ridge Access trailhead, see the Grassy Ridge Access Trailhead page.

Need to find trails by another method? Go back to Trails.

Bearwallow Falls Trail

  • Descends a short distance into the small gorge formed by Bearwallow Creek as it drops off the escarpment, to a viewing platform overlooking the falls. Though rated strenuous, it's not really that bad - the surface is well maintained and there are...
  • 3.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles

Bearwallow Valley Trail

  • This short trail winds from the picnic shelter up a little ridge on the Blue Ridge Escarpment, through a few switchbacks. It ends at a small viewing platform overlooking a steel tower, and a view out of an electrical transmission line corridor. The...
  • 2.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles

Picnic Area Connector Trail

  • Short gravel path connects the two main picnic shelters over a small hill and through some nice woods. Pretty ferns and mountain laurel (blooming in late May) grow beside it. For maximum hiking distance, park at the northerly picnic area, take this...
  • 0.25mi, Few Hills, Few Obstacles

Rainbow Falls Trail

More Difficult
  • This trail really has two "trailheads", but it officially starts in Gorges State Park and access is controlled by the park, so it is included here. Travels from the Grassy Ridge parking area in Gorges State park, onto National Forest property, then...
  • 1.9mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough