Cedar Ridge Trail to Brinegar Cabin is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Abshers, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round.
This trail is longer than indicated on Alltrails. It is 4.4 miles one-way from the parking area at Grassy Gap Fire Road to Brinegar cabin, for 8.8 miles round trip. NPS indicates it is over 2000 feet elevation gain while it's probably no more than 2500 feet of elevation change it does seem more than that if you weren't expecting it. The grade is never extremely steep but it is very consistent with few flat spots and multiple switchbacks. Some of the steepest sections were at the very beginning while climbing away from Grassy Gap fire road. There are a few rock outcrops that provide great views overall this was a really enjoyable hike.
Grate fill's like going up to the top of the world even though it was just 2100 feet to climb up felt like you were way higher than you were!!