Hi friends! I posted a while back that we moved from Minneapolis to Asheville in the fall. Since moving, we have fully embraced our new home and are LOVING it. Eric is giddy about how good the riding is here (he’s a cyclist for those of you who don’t know him) and I love having beautiful mountains in our backyard. We’ve been going on some fun hiking adventures together, so I thought I’d share a bit about what we’re up to in real life, not just in the kitchen. Let me know what you think!
To start off, I wanted to share some pics from a recent hike at Bearwallow Mountain, about a 30 min drive from downtown Asheville. These were all taken on my phone, so they aren’t the greatest (because I’m not an awesome iPhone photog like other people… teach me your tricks!!) It. Was. So. Fun. Despite the warm and humid weather that day, the higher elevation (over 4,200 ft!) and mountain breeze made for a surprisingly pleasant afternoon.
To get to Bearwallow Mountain is easy! You basically just drive like you’re going to Chimney Rock State Park / Lake Lure area and turn right onto Bearwallow Mountain Road. The road turns to gravel and gets a little steep/narrow/rutted out, but it’s not too bad. Just watch for oncoming cars.
There’s a trailhead just off of Bearwallow Road that is less than 1-mile from park to peak. Across from the main trailhead, there is another trail that will apparently take you on a longer loop of over 7-miles if you’re up for it. We took the short route. ;)
As you reach the end of the trail, the woods open up to a large bald (aka a large field with no trees) with panoramic views in every direction. Insert heart eyes emoji here, ha.
Apparently, free-range cows graze here… which is made quite apparent by all the cow patties on the ground. So, yeah, watch your step.
After we laid in the grass, did cartwheels, and took silly pictures for a while, we finally headed back down to the car. On the way back down the mountain, we made a very important stop at Hickory Nut Gap Farm for an ice cream treat.
We’ll definitely be coming back to Bearwallow Mountain! I can only imagine how gorgeous the views are going to be in June-July when all the rhododendron are in bloom at higher elevations.
If you’re in the Asheville, North Carolina area, I’d love your recommendations on your favorite hiking spots!
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