Daniel Ridge

MODERATE 19 reviews
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Daniel Ridge is a 4.2 mile loop trail located near Brevard, NC. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking.

4.2 miles 925 feet Loop

hiking

mountain biking

hiking
1 month ago

The prettiest of the hikes we did for fall colors but the most crowded on a Sunday morning, lots of bikers and a few hiking groups.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice hike. It was a bit mundane the first mile or so but afterwards the trail became a bit more interesting. Not many views while on the trail, but I imagine in a couple weeks or so when the leaves begin to change it will be beautiful. Especially in winter, I would love to see the waterfall in winter. It was trickling down,it hasn't rained in a while,but was still worth seeing. Trail was moderate,sometimes it had some inclines..but not too bad. We did take the trail clockwise ,but I don't think it matters if your just hiking. If your on a bike then it might make a difference, It's also a mountain bike trail. We went on a weekend and very light traffic. We saw 3 people hiking. This trail is marked really well,made it easy to follow. It has some swimming holes and the creek is pretty much right a long the hike on and off. There were many open spots to pitch a tent and camp out. I would do this hike again maybe in a few weeks.

2 months ago

3 months ago

4 months ago

Beautiful hike along the river. Some meadows along the trail but mostly dense forest. Lots of side trails and places to go down to the river and let my dog splash and play.
The hiking is moderate with a few steep parts. I will hike it again for sure.

hiking
6 months ago

I only hiked to the top of the waterfall so I cannot comment on the rest of the trail. The trail head was very crowded with vehicles parked everywhere on the road and in the small parking lot. The trail starts off on gravel and it stays this way till the bottom of the falls. Once you reach this point you can back track and then follow a more traditional trail up to the top of the waterfall and beyond.

7 months ago

Trail itself is not majorly eventful however, in the fall, it's a really pretty hike! The colors are beautiful and Daniel Ridge Waterfall is wonderful! I thoroughly love the waterfall, especially after alot of rain. Quite surprising to see a waterfall of that size on this hiking trail. *side note - The trail head area where there is an old iron bridge has a wonderful creek and is a great place to camp!

8 months ago

Good hike, moderate difficulty.

8 months ago

Good

hiking
8 months ago

We hiked this wonderful trail as suggested, in a clockwise direction.The trail is marked with red blazes and it starts off very easy as you walk along a nice roadbed but soon the trail narrows and you begin a moderate climb. The trail is in good shape but there are a lot of roots, so be very careful! You will follow the creek up this side and it is just fantastic with all of the many cascades and mini falls, we just love the sound s of the cascading waters. After a couple of miles you will reach the intersection of Farlow Gap Trail.Follow the red blaze. The trail turns right here and you continue your climb. You will soon reach the crest and begin your descent through some nice open forests, the trail still has quite a few roots and rocks so continue to be on guard. The trail levels out and then you go through a nice rhododendron tunnel.You will soon come to several little creek crossings and wet areas...some have log bridges and others have wooden walkways, continuing on you soon come to the very top of the falls... it is pretty hard to see very much from here but you know it is there! The big surprise is when you get down to the base of the falls, we went after there had been rains early in the week and the falls was spectacular!

hiking
1 year ago

Great trail not to strenuous. Lots of creeks and waterfalls. Very pretty.

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful area to hike

mountain biking
1 year ago

Did this loop both ways, you can't go wrong either way. One side is super techy on the downhill as you will have lots of medium, small drops with lots of rocks in your path. The other way down is a bit faster and steeper. You will definitely be walking your bike up portions of this trail no matter which way you go.

hiking
1 year ago

A very good workout trail. I went clockwise & glad i did, a little steep in places but to bad & some cool looking camp sites along the way. Pretty cool waterfall at the end!

hiking
2 years ago

Took unmarked trail from Cove Creek Falls trail to Daniel Ridge trail, much was overgrown. Nice waterfall.

hiking
2 years ago

Easy to moderate loop. Going clockwise from the start, the first 2 miles is along a creek with many side paths for stopping and playing in the water. The climb is moderately steep. The path was well maintained. The middle of the trail is somewhat boring but the 100 foot waterfall at the end is magnificent. Seems like it would be a great trail for a moderate mountain biking adventure.

hiking
4 years ago

This is a good spring and early summer hike, with lots of vegetation. The trail is best taken in a clockwise direction for best views of the stream that parallels much of the trail during the 1st half and while the ascent is longer this way, it is not as steep.

mountain biking
6 years ago

I did this loop both clock and counter, but would recommend doing it clockwise, unless you really like mean rocky and bumpy descents, if this is the case then do it counter clock.
The trail is well marked and starts from a parking, just go around the closed gate and follow the gravel road over a bridge. At this point the decission is yours for a clock or a counter. i did both, and prefered the clock.
The first 10 min. is an easy breeze along a graveled path that will take you to what once was an old bridge. from here you will probably be in Granny Gear for the next 30 40 min, depending on how long and how often you take a break. Although this climb is not impossible, it is very demanding, with root carpets, baby heads and most other things we all hate trying to make this ride a misserable one, there is also a short very narrow section of single track with no room for error at all, go off here, and its about a 50ft almost vertical drop. When you get to the intersection with Farlow Gap, you have still got about another 0.5 miles to go, before things start getting a hell of a lot easier.
Once at the top, when you start feeling the urge to get your gears clicking to higher mode, you can start relaxing. Although after such a hell climb all one wants to do is Bomb it you really have to stay alert on this trail, it goes without saying, that you need to be very careful for walkers and their dogs, but you also need to be on high alert for some very sudden creek crossings, most with bridges, but definitely not approachable at high speeds.There are some really nice gradual switch backs, plenty of rhodo tunnels, and as a grand finale, the Daniel Waterfall. From the waterfall just follow the gravel back to the car