Two of the newest trails in the Hickory Nut Gorge region provide stunning views with minimal effort. From lofty Bearwallow Gap on the Eastern Continental Divide you can choose the short hike to the popular bald summit of Bearwallow Mountain or the longer hike along the Trombatore Trail to a small bald known as Blue Ridge Pastures.
From Bearwallow Mountain you’ll be treated to sweeping views of Western North Carolina while Blue Ridge Pastures offers a unique view down the rugged Hickory Nut Gorge. Both mountains provide excellent northern views of the Swannanoa Mountains, Black Mountains and Great Craggy Mountains. This page describes both hikes which make an excellent half day excursion or choose one for a picnic on a sunny day.