Florence Nature Preserve/Hike Reports/Hickory Nut Gorge and Little Bearwallow

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Florence Nature Preserve is park located between Gerton and Bearwallow in Western North Carolina. The lands are managed by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy through the generous 600-acre donation of Tom and Glenna Florence.

Florence Nature Preserve.jpg
New Buffalo Creek Park Bridge
Trail Name Hickory Nut Gorge
Nearest City Gerton
State North Carolina
Trail Marking Ye, Bl, Or, Re, Blu, Ye
Trail Use/Features Use hiking.jpg Use dogging.jpg
Time expectations
Hiking Time 5 hrs 25 mins
Driving Time

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Total Time

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Trail Attributes
Total Distance 9.08 Miles
Elevation Gain 2,782 Feet
Difficulty Index 22.990
Difficulty Rating Strenuous
High Point 2,900 Feet
Low Point 2,020 Feet
Elevation Range 880 Feet
Latitude 36.55329
Longitude -80.90897
Nearest Medical Unknown
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Event Navigation

Preceded by Current hike Succeeded by
Gully Creek Hickory Nut Gorge Trail Uwharrie 20-miler OR
Hornet's Nest Council Trail

See event specific discussions here: Event Discussion


Trail 1 (Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail - 6.75 miles)

Trail 2 (Little Bearwallow Trail - 2.25 miles)

How to get there

Directions to trailhead from JR's. Distance - approximately 104 miles (one way).
Follow I-40 W to Catawba Ave in Old Fort. Take exit 73 from I-40 W; 81.2 mi
Turn left onto Catawba Ave; 0.1 mi (We will meet at the McDonald's here, on the right after going under the interstate, for a bathroom break)
Continue onto Bat Cave Rd; 6.8 mi
Continue onto Old Fort Rd; 4.8 mi
Turn left onto NC-9 S; 6.9 mi
Turn right onto US-74 ALT W; 3.6 mi
Trailhead is on right. There is a stone wall and an old chimney.


Little Mount Pisgah Confusion

Why are there two? There seems to be some confusion around the Little Pisgah Mountain. Two mountains in Henderson County are called Little Pisgah Mountain[Verification needed]. Screenshots say it all.

Haywood.jpg Henderson.jpg
Little Pisgah Mountain 5,285'

split Buncombe and Henderson, and
Haywood and Transylvania County

Little Pisgah Mountain 4,412'

separates Buncombe and
Henderson County

Both locations

External Links

1. hikewnc.info/maps/florence-nature-preserve/gps-map

2. Florence Map for Public Use 20110606.pdf

3. Florence article.pdf