Join WNCA for a free hike in the Hickory Nut Gorge. We will hike Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy’s (CMLC) newly constructed Bearwallow Mountain Trail. This trail is considered a strenuous 2.0 mile round trip hike gaining 537 ft of elevation. Following our hike we will drive down the road to cap off our day at the Hickory Nut Gap Farm for their winter open house. We are offering a Holiday Special on our year long memberships for attendees (please see below for details)!
Bearwallow Mountain stands at 4,232 ft. above sea level and is the highest peak in the Bearwallow Highlands Range. It straddles the Eastern Continental Divide and makes up part of the Blue Ridge Escarpment as well as the western rim of the Hickory Nut Gorge. As seen in the picture on the left this hike boasts beautiful, 360 degree, vistas from the grassy meadow at the summit. Located in Northeastern Gerton, NC the mountain overlooks the Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, and downtown Hendersonville. Long distance views have you taking in the Asheville area, as well as Mount Mitchell, Mount Pisgah and the Great Balsams Range.
Our day ends with a special treat from the owners of the Hickory Nut Gap Farm. The family owned and operated farm opens its farm and store doors four times a year for a seasonal open house from 1 PM- 5 PM. The tour will consist of a full day of samples, a free farm tour, and answers to all your questions. This is a great way for those who are new in the area to meet others that are interested in food and farming and to learn more about where their food comes from.
There will be a carpool for those interested meeting at the Westgate Earth Fare at 9:30 AM. For those who prefer to meet at the trailhead please see below to enter your address for directions to the trailhead. Please dress appropriately including sturdy footwear and layers as it will be cold. Bring water and snacks. Well behaved dogs welcome!
Holiday Membership Special for Hike and Tour attendees!
$20 for a WNCA 1 yr Membership
Members enjoy reduced prices on outings including our 9 day paddle trip in the summer, receive our newsletter, vote on important WNCA related matters including board members, support and are a part of the organization that is working on behalf of people and natural resources of WNC.
- What: Bearwallow Mountain Hike & Hickory Nut Gap Farm Winter Open House
- When: Saturday December 14th at 10 AM
- Where: Carpool from Westgate Earth Fare meeting at 9:30 AM. For those who prefer to meet at the trailhead please click here to get directions from your home.
- RSVP: Isabelle Rios, Education and Outings Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-258-8737 ext 201