Bearwallow Mountain (Asheville): The hike up Bearwallow Mountain is a strenuous two-mile round trip hike with over 500 feet in elevation gain. The mostly grassy summit of Bearwallow Mountain stands at 4,232 feet above sea level and is the highest peak in the Bearwallow Highlands Range.
From the grassy meadow at the mountain’s summit, hikers can take in views of nearby Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock, Lake Lure and downtown Hendersonville. In the distance, the towering peaks of Mount Mitchell, Mount Pisgah and the Great Balsams Range make for beautiful views as well.
Directions from Hendersonville: Head east on US 64/Four Seasons BLVD for 3.5 miles and turn left onto Fruitland Road. At stop sign, stay straight onto Old Clear Creek Road and go 3.5 miles to a left onto Bearwallow Road. Follow Bearwallow Road for 4.9 miles to a small parking area with trailheads on either side of the road. The hike to the summit heads uphill past a kiosk.