Upper Bearwallow Falls

Height: 100 feet
Trail Type: Dirt
Hike Distance: 0.8 miles round trip
Difficulty: 7
Beauty: 3


Before Gorges State Park, there wasn’t a safe way to view the falls unless you wanted to hike for miles on end. Even then, the falls are shaped in such a way that it’s difficult to see the whole thing. The park service probably did the best they could in terms of building an overlook with as much of a view as possible while also making the trail as accessible to as many people as possible. The view isn’t the best, but it’ll do.


From the intersection of US 64 and NC highway 107 in Cashiers, drive a little over 10 miles on US 64 east and turn right onto NC highway 281. If you’re coming from Brevard, it’s a little under 22 miles from the intersection of US 64 and US 276. The entrance to Gorges State Park is just under a mile on the left. Take the road to the left at the visitor’s center and park at the Bearwallow picnic area.

Hike Description:

The trail begins at the information board opposite of the picnic area and crosses the road. The trail then descends down the ridge via a few switchbacks before arriving at the overlook.

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