Daniel Ridge

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Daniel Ridge is a 4.1 mile loop trail located near Brevard, North Carolina. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles
793 feet

dogs on leash


mountain biking

29 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail and want to come back and ride it. It’s about 7.9 kms not 6 as per the map so an extra mile should be expected. The recommendation to take the left trail is definitely the best unless you want a good uphill challenge.

1 month ago

This is one of my favorite trails in WNC. Like everyone else says, the left is the best way to go. Follow the stream, the waterfall itself is kind of disappointing. There's a waterfall a little ways down the trail on the stream anyways that's better. And the camping is amazing, there's tons of spots right next to the stream. I've been out there at least 6 times in the last year and a half, and had a great time every time.

1 month ago

If you start going to the left, then your reward is the tall, lightly flowing falls at the end of the trip. You follow a creek on one half of the loop and go through a changing forest on the other half. The trail is has a canopy keeping the direct sun out of most of the trip.

1 month ago

Really enjoyed this hike. I was glad I read the reviews before we hiked it because going left was the best way to go. The uphill that direction is better versus if you start this hike on the right because there is a steeper climb going that direction. I will say if you go left first the best part of the hike is the first half because of the waterfalls and foliage. If you prefer a harder uphill go right first then the last half of your hike is the best.

2 months ago

I think this was my favorite hike of those we did in Pisgah and DuPont. We measured this at 5.2 miles. More than half of the hike takes you along side the water cascading down the mountainside, with several places to access the stream. There are several primitive campsites in the first couple miles too. The waterfalls at the end were a nice bonus.

3 months ago

This was an awesome hike. Went on a Wednesday afternoon and didn’t come across another soul. Waterfall at the end was amazing.

4 months ago

After several weeks of rain, this was the perfect opportunity to hike this beautiful trail. The Falls were very cool and refreshing after a somewhat difficult hike. Guess, I should have traveled left instead of right?!? It appears that a lot of mountain biking is done on this trail. A good portion of the trail follows a stream and there were many opportunities to take photos. Definitely put this one on your bucket list.

4 months ago

One of my favorite hikes out here in WNC. There are no “smack you in the face” views like Looking Glass Rock. But there are consistently beautiful views of streams and a large waterfall. Not a difficult trail if you start left, but go right and it can be challenging!!! My dogs loved it because they could play in he water!

6 months ago

We took the left fork to start the loop and really the view walking up the valley paralleling the stream...

6 months ago

hiked 2-23-18.. start at the left first then turn left at the end and walk to the falls. if you start right you will be climbing up slick mountain bike trail. best to come down the mountain bike section. beautiful trail..takes about 3 hours ..

7 months ago

Amazing hike. Quite easy with a few uphills. Beautiful waterfall, makes for a great day hike.

8 months ago

Our Trail Life Troop hiked this trail on 1/20/2018. It had snowed a few days earlier and was very nice to see white all around us. The Trail was not hard but the bridges could use an upgrade for crossing over. Walking parallel with Davidson River and seeing icicles from water dripping was God’s gift to us that day. We will camp next to the river on another visit.

10 months ago

Added trail 106 that intersects with art loeb trail for a 10 mile hike. Awesome trek

Monday, August 21, 2017

I'm a newbie to hiking, definitely enjoyed this trail There were a few times I wasn't sure which way to go, luckily a biker or another hiker would show up, increasing my confidence that I knew what the heck I was doing!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Great trail. I hiked with my dog and we started out on the right fork - Falls first. This fork is steeper than the left fork which was fine with me. It was a good workout and I'd rather ascend the steep bits and descend more smoothly. The descent was smooth and nice with the creek running along the trail. Plenty of water for my dog. A well-marked trail.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great trail, enjoyed it better doing the falls first as it's the more difficult section to knock out first.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Very nice hike. Added Farlow and AL for a bit more distance. Hike out is mostly ascent and thus descent on the way back. Bikers on Daniel Ridge portion but almost no one on Farlow Gap. Camped the night riverside on Farlow and then headed up the AL in the morning. Beautiful weather. Tons of Salamanders after an evening rain.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nice trail. Good workout for a day hike. Waterfall is impressive for its height not its volume. Fair warning, if hiking counter-clockwise don't miss the switch back just before the water fall. I was so taken by the falls that I walked right passed it. Had to double back to find it.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Beautiful with moderate terrain. Not super-well marked.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

4 miles of great hike!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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.

Monday, September 26, 2016

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.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

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.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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.

Friday, April 15, 2016

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!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Good hike, moderate difficulty.

Saturday, March 26, 2016


Sunday, March 06, 2016

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!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

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

Monday, May 18, 2015

Beautiful area to hike

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