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Little Bearwallow Falls - Upper Hickory Nut Gorge, NC

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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
2.2 mls N/A N/A
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Elev. Gain:
1 hour and 15 minutes with 15 minutes of breaks
775 ft
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Florence Nature Preserve parking. 35.47343, -82.33224

By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins ()

Little Bearwallow Falls is another jewel in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge that has been protected by Conserving Carolina. (Conserving Carolina is building more trails in the area that will connect to Bearwallow Mountain and eventually circumnavigate the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge.) A 1.1-mile moderate trail runs from the Florence Nature Preserve parking on U.S. 74A to the base of the waterfall, affording easy access for all types of hikers.

You can see the waterfall and the massive cliff from the highway at the beginning of your hike. What it lacks in water (and it usually is lacking), is balanced by the sheer enormity of the cliff face that holds the falls. A small tributary of Hickory Creek originates not far below the summit of Little Bearwallow Mountain then spills over a massive 100+ foot cliff. In drier weather you’re likely to be disappointed by wet rock. It is recommended to see this after good rainfall, or better yet in the winter when much of the cliff will be covered in huge ice sheets. As a bonus you’ll also pass by The Cascades on Hickory Creek, a small but powerful waterfall that is good in any type of weather.

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