Daniel Ridge Loop

Brevard, North Carolina

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The cove of Daniel Ridge Creek may just be the most peaceful, beautiful place you have ever seen. Words cannot do justice to the wonder of this place, where the air, the stream, the rocks, and the trees all sparkle as if freshly made by the Creator’s hands. It touched me that strongly. Be sure to bring your camera, as the 60-foot waterfall at the beginning is only a prelude to the beauty of this place. But be forewarned that this sylvan paradise is guarded by one of the meanest descents around. After leaving Farlow Gap, the next mile is nothing but rocks, more rocks, and gaping holes where the rocks used to be. In spots the trail narrows to 6 inches wide, running along an almost sheer fall line. This trail would scare most people to simply walk it in some places. Riding it seemed like insanity. I loved it. Tread: 3.8 miles of singletrack; 1 miles of Forest Service road.
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by Timm Muth (Falcon Guides)

The cove of Daniel Ridge Creek may just be the most peaceful, beautiful place you have ever seen. Words cannot do justice to the wonder of this place, where the air, the stream, the rocks, and the trees all sparkle as if freshly made by the Creator’s hands. It touched me that strongly.

Be sure to bring your camera, as the 60-foot waterfall at the beginning is only a prelude to the beauty of this place. But be forewarned that this sylvan paradise is guarded by one of the meanest descents around. After leaving Farlow Gap, the next mile is nothing but rocks, more rocks, and gaping holes where the rocks used to be. In spots the trail narrows to 6 inches wide, running along an almost sheer fall line. This trail would scare most people to simply walk it in some places. Riding it seemed like insanity. I loved it. Tread: 3.8 miles of singletrack; 1 miles of Forest Service road.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Brevard
Length: 4.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 2,900 feet
Top Elevation: 3,300 feet
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District (336) 877-3265
Local Maps: USGS Shining Rock; USDA Forest Service Pisgah District Trail Map; National Geographic Trails Illustrated Pisgah Ranger District.
Topo Map: Daniel Ridge Loop Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Biking North Carolina Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

9/21/2010

Fantastic singletrack loop. Bit of a slap up (hike-a-bike for the last few hundred metres), but so worth it for the downhill on the otherside! Technical singletrack - absolute blast!! All finishes far too quickly. Rode it anti-clockwise - as recommended by local bike shop (Hub).

7/15/2009

I did this loop both clockwise and counter clockwise, and if I had to make a choice, I would suggest that you ride it clockwise. The trail starts of very easy, but after about 10 min. there is a pretty demanding climb, not so much steep, but the baby heads and roots make it a pretty grunt. Anyone lacking a good healthy set of lungs and stamina, will probably end up walking about 20-30% of this section. Once at the top, there are a few excellent narrow and very fast down runs, just be very careful, 'cos visibility is next to nothing on parts of the loop, and it is shared with walkers. Daniel Ridge Loop is very scenic, and best done very early, or pretty late to avoid crowds. It took me an easy 70 minutes to do the loop. Ride Safe www.mountainbikemayhem.com

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