Gorges Completes A New Trail - Brevard NC


Gorges State Park employee Mike Galloway puts the finishing touches on the trail crossing sign. In the background is the raised boardwalk through a rhododendron thicket. (Courtesy photo)

A new walking trail at Gorges State Park, the first to lead from the visitors center, is completed. The trail leads to the Bearwallow Valley Overlook and connects to the Bearwallow Picnic Area Trail.

Park Ranger Torry Nergart said the 0.26-mile trail is treaded the entire distance and has a grade of about 7 percent, significantly less steep than other trails in the park.

"Just because the trail is rated 'easy' doesn't mean someone can't make an adventure of it," Nergart said. "A nice 5k-walk can be made by leaving the visitors center, continuing on to the picnic area trail, taking the Whi...

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