At A Glance
2.5 mi one-way
Difficulty Rating: 2.5
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
This newly designated trail follows segments of newly constructed path as well as some sections of old logging roads over an easement on private property. Starting at Bearwallow Gap, the trail descends on a new singletrack path through a series of switchbacks, in a high elevation forest filled with Carolina rhododendron and large, mossy boulders. It winds below the rock outcrops on Bearwallow Mountain before doubling back onto an old road to head uphill through the uppermost part of the Brush Creek stream valley. It swings left to cross the stream, then heads north along the west slope of the ridge. This section follows old roads.
The trail picks up the crest of the ridge before swinging left onto the southwest slope again, before passing through an old home site. It climbs onto a newly constructed segment of narrow tread trail through a mixed forest filled with invasive vines in places. It then passes through a turnstile into Blue Ridge Pastures, an open meadow (sometimes used to graze cattle) with expansive views to the north and east on the Buncombe-Henderson County line. This is the official end of the trail, although future plans have it continuing north past Strawberry Gap, Ferguson Gap, and then Hickory Nut Gap and beyond.
This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:
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