Upper Bearwallow Falls
This is a long slide in two main parts. Only the lower part is visible from the overlook constructed by the park. It’s a pretty nice falls, and the view from the overlook isn’t bad – however, the cluster of dead hemlocks in the foreground detracts from it some.
From downtown Brevard, it is just over 18 miles on US 64 West to the intersection with NC Hwy 281 South – turn left. From Highlands, it’s just over 20 miles on US 64 East, thru Cashiers, to NC 281 South – turn right. Go 0.9 miles South on NC 281 from US 64 to the park entrance road on the left. It’s less than a mile to a left turn for the loop road and picnic shelters – turn there. The picnic shelters are just ahead on the right, down the hill – park at the second picnic shelter (or the first one for a slightly longer hike).
The trail is just over 1/2 mile round-trip and moderate, with a smooth surface and a moderate climb. Start just across the parking area from the picnic shelter. It descends some rock steps, crosses the road, and then goes downhill through 5 switchbacks in a nice forest to the falls.
– by northcarolinawaterfalls.info