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Trombatore Trail

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The trail offers a vigorous hike with considerable up-and-down elevation and rewarding panoramic views at the summit.


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2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

Point to Point

3,746' 1,142 m

High

3,125' 952 m

Low

694' 211 m

Up

613' 187 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The Trombatore Trail begins at the Bearwallow Gap trailhead, on the opposite side of the road as the Bearwallow Mountain trailhead. You'll pass through the Upper Brush Creek watershed on your way to the exceptionally scenic Blue Ridge Pastures.

After passing the trailhead kiosk, hike down toward Upper Brush Creek via a series of switchbacks. After about a half mile, you can see a picturesque tree with a uniquely curved trunk. Only 100 yards past that, the trail passes another interesting tree. Look below you to the right to spot a giant buckeye that is the largest tree on the entire property. Its many burls may be the reason that loggers who once timbered the tract chose to leave it standing. The tree now stands more than 100 feet tall and is likely more than 150 years in age.

At 1.1 miles, the singletrack trail junctions with a grassy road. Turn right and follow the road uphill, following signs at several more junctions until trail resumes as a singletrack path, 1.8 miles in. Another uphill climb will take you to the grassy meadow of Blue Ridge Pastures at 2.4 miles. Turn left and hike to the summit to enjoy panoramic views of the Hickory Nut Gorge, including Bearwallow Mountain, Florence Nature Preserve, Little Pisgah Mountain, and Wildcat Rock. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Mitchell and the Black Mountains to the north.

The Trombatore Trail is named for the Trombatore family, who generously donated a public trail easement across their land. While this is private land, they made it open to the public to share the natural wonders of their property.

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Land Manager: Conserving Carolina

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Conserving Carolina

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  5.0 from 6 votes

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The summit of Blue Ridge Pastures at the end of the Trombatore Trail.
Jan 23, 2020 near Fairview, NC
Wildflowers along the trail.
Jan 23, 2020 near Fairview, NC

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Aug 14, 2021
Drew Kelley
Lovely hike that descends for first mile and then ascends for remaining 1.7 miles. Trail ends in a field with great views of surrounding mountains. 5mi — 1h 52m
Jul 18, 2021
Gopal Jivan
5.4mi
Jan 17, 2021
mark rose
2h 10m
Sep 6, 2020
Carla Mae
2.7mi — 1h 30m
May 23, 2020
Andy Olson
Mar 11, 2020
Charlie Scharfen
Only walked half way down and back for about a 1.5 hour hike day of Jason's wedding. Not many views but nice bc not many people know of it. Easy path.