You might not have heard of the Little Bearwallow trail in Gerton, NC, and that’s ok! This trail was in progress for about three years and was finally completed in the summer of 2016. This 4.6 mile trail is hard on the knees but has a lot to offer.

The trailhead can be found across the street from the parking area off Gerton Highway. You start your trek through an orchard, it is very important that you stay on the marked trail through this portion of the hike as the orchard is private property. After a creek crossing, you begin your climb up the rock steps toward Little Bearwallow Falls. The falls isn’t much more than a trickle, but it’s definitely a great spot to rest after the 1 mile climb.

After resting a little, continue to climb up the trail towards the popular crag, Wildcat Rock. As you hike, you will notice a little sign that will direct you on a side trail to the left that will lead you to the Wildcat Rock, which gives you a great resting place and view.
If you are interested in continuing along the trail, you will enjoy a great trek through the forest. The trail ends at an open field, where if you are lucky, you will get to see some cows. The goal is for this trail to continue on to Bearwallow Mountain. That stretch should be completed in 2018.

Don’t wait! Go check out this beautiful area but be prepared for a very strenuous climb! We can’t wait to go back to hike the entire trail once it is completed.

See you on the trail.