Farlow Gap

Brevard, North Carolina

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This is not a ride for someone with bad knees. A long climb is followed by a great ride along the ridge and then a very steep downhill that requires a fair amount of carrying. Ride surface is 5.6 miles of single track and 4.8 miles of forest road. Highlights: Great views, 5-mile uphill, very steep and rocky downhill, and lots of waterfalls.
This is not a ride for someone with bad knees. A long climb is followed by a great ride along the ridge and then a very steep downhill that requires a fair amount of carrying. Ride surface is 5.6 miles of single track and 4.8 miles of forest road. Highlights: Great views, 5-mile uphill, very steep and rocky downhill, and lots of waterfalls.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Brevard
Distance: 10.4
Elevation Gain: 2,045 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 4.5 hours - intermediate level
Trailhead Elevation: 2,635 feet
Top Elevation: 4,680 feet
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Farlow Gap

Recent Trail Reviews

5/22/2007
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This trail is one of the most enjoyable I have ever done. But not because of the actual riding, but because of the remoteness, the lack of other people and the sheer seriousness of the experience. I rode the trail alone, in mid-December when it was around 14F at the start, warmed up a bit during the day, and as I got back to the car park was around 25F. It was cold. The climb is long and tedious, and after a few hours is verging on "too steep to ride" and entailing slow pushes. Once the trail improves to the state where no more cars are going to go, there is a delightful and remarkably remote ridge to the top of the Farlow Gap. The descent begins delightfully, but I found that very soon I could not ride, since the layer of leaves was so deep, and the boulders so large that I was falling off every few feet. The long descent was thus a bit of a nightmare of carrying a bike over large invisible rocks covered in slippery leaves. At the bottom things improves - a bit - although there were a few distinctly scary bits where the trail had washed away over small (30-50 foot) drops and being alone is probably not the best way to tackle the trip. The trail still goes on for a while until the junction with the easier and much more accessible routes is made - though there is still a fun carry across a fallen tree to get to the paved road. In summary, great fun, distinctly "interesting" if you are on your own, haven't seen anyone else all day, and it's very cold.



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