Wildcat Rock Trail

At A Glance


3.9 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 3.9
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Lowest Elevation: 2365 ft
Highest Elevation: 4232 ft
Climb Total: 2100 ft

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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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Wildcat Rock - Parking to Little Bearwallow Falls

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.07 mi

    Wildcat Rock - Lower Bearwallow Falls to Wildcat Rock Spur

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.43 mi

    Wildcat Rock - Spur to Rock

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 248 ft

    Wildcat Rock - Rock Spur to Little Bearwallow Ridgeline

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.06 mi

    Wildcat Rock - Little Bearwallow Ridge to Bearwallow Summit

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 1.43 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 4.04 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



    Average Rating: 3.5 (rated 2 times)

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    [Site Admin] Jordan M. said: @Vince - we've updated the description, stats, and map to include the newly extended trail!

    Wednesday, December 2 2020 2:14am

    Vince said: The trail is considerably longer than 1.1 miles now. It goes on past the waterfall and continues climbing. Look for the trail running off the main run, taking you out to Wildcat Rock overlook, for a spectacular view. This is about 2 miles up the trail, and is well worth the moderately difficult climb.

    Saturday, May 20 2017 11:00pm
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