Cedar Ridge Trail to Brinegar Cabin

MODERATE 10 reviews

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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.7 miles
2,385 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash






wild flowers


2 months ago

A great workout with 2,460 elevation gain! Not many good views with the leaves on the trees, but still a nice hike. The park ranger At Brinegar Cabin shared that the trail has been used for 140 years as a way for people to get from the Long Bottom Community to Sparta. There are very cool retainer walls all along the trail. A do again when the leaves are down.

3 months ago

I started from Brinegar Cabin on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Most of the time I hike uphill (on an out and back) leaving a down hill return. I was looking for a challenge since the weather was unusually cool for July. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. There are some trees down which are not difficult to navigate. There is water at Brineger Cabin and creek at the end.

Monday, February 13, 2017

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.

Monday, July 11, 2016

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!!

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