Bearwallow Falls

Location: Western North Carolina
Trip Starts: NC 281 Parking Area
Trip Ends: NC 281 Parking Area
Total Distance: 3.2 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trails Used: Light Blue Trail
Trail Traffic: Light
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
More Information:

Gorges State Park
NC 281 South, P.O. Box 100
Sapphire, NC 28774-0100
(828) 966-9099


Gorges State Park is one of North Carolina’s newest state parks.  The property was purchased by the state from Duke Energy Corporation, and the transaction includes a 2,900-acre game land managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.  The 7,100-acre state park has plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and one of the greatest concentrations of rare and unique species in the eastern United States.

This short hike to Bearwallow Falls starts at the parking area off NC 281 and descends gradually to a platform that overlooks Bearwallow Creek and the falls which also bear its name.  The path is fairly easy – especially hiking down to the waterfall – and it travels under a power line and through a forest of rhododendron on the route which are especially pretty if you catch them during their summer bloom. 

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