Trombatore Trail

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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.

Buckeyes in Brush Creek, the only stream crossing on the hike.
Buckeyes in Brush Creek, the only stream crossing on the hike.

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.

View from Blue Ridge Pastures east toward the Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure
View from Blue Ridge Pastures east toward the Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure

Intersecting Trails

  • Bearwallow Mountain
  • This trail is located in the Hickory Nut Gorge area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Hickory Nut Gorge trails list page.

    This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:

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    BRENDA S SAUER said: We hiked this recently, having already hiked the Bearwallow Trail. Trombatore Trail has lots of markers insuring that hikers don't get off on the wrong trail. I applaud Conserving Carolina for all the trail markers but wanted to point out that there is a trail sign marking the first half mile, another for mile one and then the rest of the markers simply mark the trail by name. We kept looking for the marker for mile one and a half but never found that designation or any other distance on the remaining markers. So don't worry, you will be advancing down the trail even though you won't know how far unless you take a portable GPS or tracking app on your phone. I personally like the view from Bearwallow Trail better as it is more panoramic and the trail itself has more geographical diversity. Also, the summit at Trombatore has access via a logging road so I hope there is a project in the works to build and install benches or a picnic table or two at the top. After two and a half miles, it would have been nice to sit and enjoy the view, have a snack or lunch and rest the legs. Right now, there was only a log to sit on.

    Monday, October 5 2020 11:24am

    Chef Cocoa said: Is there any camping here?

    Tuesday, August 7 2018 2:43am

    George LeRoy said: View at the end is magnificent

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 6:40pm
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