We are very excited to announce that Hike to Health is back...and this one is being hosted by our friends at the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. This will be the 5th hike that we have done and registration starts...now.
Here are the basics:
Where: Bearwallow Mountain Trail on Bearwallow Mountain, Hendersonville, NC
When: April 20th
How: Call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) to register
How much: Free
Schedule: 8:30 a.m. sign-in, hike starts at 9:00 a.m., then you are on your own to enjoy the day.
Now here are the details:
Pardee Hospital is hosting a community outdoor event, Hike to Health, on Saturday, April 20th, on Bearwallow Mountain. This is a special hike that we are doing in partnership with Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.
Bearwallow Mountain Trail – Bearwallow Mountain, is located in Henderson County. It towers above the Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock, and Lake Lure areas. Straddling the Eastern Continental Divide, the mountain has been a popular destination for generations of local hikers.
The trail is rated moderate overall and approximately two miles in length, round trip. The trail is moderately steep, with some obstacles in the trail.
The rocky, grassy summit provides an expansive 360 degree view from the south to west to north. Mount Mitchell, Mount Pisgah, and the Balsams are visible from the summit. You can also see much of rural Buncombe and Henderson Counties as well.
See the trail map page for more information and a downloadable GPS map of the new trail.
Reference: www.WNCOutdoors.info is a network of informational web sites about outdoor activities in Western North Carolina’s Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Directions: Do not rely on GPS. Directions are not completely accurate.
Directions from Asheville
I-240 East to I-40 West and take the first Exit 25A to Sweeten Creek Road heading south to Mills Gap Road.
Turn left onto Mills Gap Rd. to Hoopers Creek Rd. (5.7 miles).
Turn left on Hoopers Creek Rd. (you will see a sign for Grand Highlands at this intersection that says “Scenic route”)
Stay on Hoopers Creek (past Charlie’s on the Creek) 2.5 miles to a T intersection at Hoopers creek Baptist church. (Church will be on your right; cemetery will be on your left)
Take a left at this intersection (still Hoopers Creek Road)
Stay on Hoopers Creek until the road becomes N. Bearwallow Mtn. Rd. (approx. 1.5 miles)
Stay on North Bearwallow Mtn. Rd. (approx. 2.7 miles) until you see another sign for “scenic route”
Turn left at the sign onto Bearwallow Mtn. Rd. and stay on this until you arrive at Grand Highlands (approx. 1.8miles).
You will round the bend and see a red barn…follow the road on up to the Grand Clubhouse.
Directions from Hendersonville
64 East to Fruitland road and make a left onto Fruitland road (at the high school)
Stay on Fruitland road until you come to a stop sign in Fruitland.
Go through the intersection onto Old Clear Creek and stay on Old Clear Creek (You will drive past the two largest plastic cows you’ve ever seen) until you come to Bearwallow Mtn. Road.
Turn left onto Bearwallow Mtn. Road, Stay on Bearwallow Mtn. Rd. until you arrive at Grand Highlands. (Follow the scenic route sign)
Registration: Interested participants may register by calling 1-866-790-WELL (9355). Registration is free.
Pardee Hospital’s focus for Hike to Health is on community wellness to bring people together from Henderson County and the surrounding communities to promote healthy and active lifestyles. Our goal is to showcase hiking as a fun outdoors activity where you can get up and get active with your family and friends.