Sitting Bear Mountain, Site 1 and 2, Burke County, North Carolina

Submitted by Deanne A.

Sitting Bear Mountain, Site 1

Sitting Bear is located along the eastern rim of the Linville Gorge in Burke County, NC and is part of the Pisgah National Forest. The trail was very steep in sections but was a great hike and the panoramic view of the gorge is well worth the climb up! This is the first campsite on Sitting Bear. The campsite is about 1/2 mile in on the trail and is a primitive site with only a fire ring. There is no water sources nearby so you would need to be prepared to carry your water in. There was a shallow stream at the head of the trail near the main road but in dryer months this would likely not supply ample water. Access to Sitting Bear can be found by taking NC Hwy 181 to Gingercake Road. Follow the road to the left through Gingercake Acres. Once the road becomes gravel you will travel approximately 2 more miles and you will see the trail head on the right. Parking is limited. Camping does require a permit on the weekends and holidays from May 1 – October 31. Permits can be obtained through Grandfather Range District, 109 East Lawing Drive, Nebo, NC 28761 or call (828) 652-4841.


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Sitting Bear Mountain, Site 2

Sitting Bear is located along the eastern rim of the Linville Gorge in Burke County, NC and is part of the Pisgah National Forest. The trail was very steep in sections but was a great hike and the panoramic view of the gorge is well worth the climb up! This is the second campsite on Sitting Bear. The campsite is about 3/4 mile in on the trial and is a primitive site with only a fire ring. There is no water sources near by so you would need to be prepared to carry your water in. There was a shallow stream at the head of the trail near the main road but in dryer months this would likely not supply ample water. Access to Sitting Bear can be found by taking NC Hwy 181 to Gingercake Road. Follow the road to the left through Gingercake Acres. Once the road becomes gravel you will travel approximately 2 more miles and you will see the trail head on the right. Parking is limited. Camping does require a permit on the weekends and holidays from May 1 – October 31. Permits can be obtained through Grandfather Range District, 109 East Lawing Drive, Nebo, NC 28761 or call (828) 652-4841.


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