Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Brevard with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

My son (age 4.5), husband, and I did this trail with one modification in June. It was a great backpacking loop for us. The first day we hiked in about 1.5 miles and started to look for a campsite, which we found 0.6 miles off the loop at the intersection of cat gap bypass and cat gat loop. Not liking to back track, we hiked around cat gat loop to get back to the planned route, which we then finished as defined here. The waterfall on this trail was pretty spectacular-- when you are right up close to it to view, it is REALLY LOUD. The trail is pretty, lush, and varied, lovely for a warm weekend with a child in tow. There are no scenic views on this trail. All in all, a trip worth doing but probably not one to do multiple times unless you live close by. On the second day we hiked from 8 am to 3 pm with plenty of breaks for water play as necessary by a 4.5 year old-- his longest day yet at 7.3 miles, but that just goes to show how easy the trail is.
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on Pink Beds Trail

15 days ago

Really awesome in fall. Definitely worth it.

really excited about the hike but could not figure out the loop for anything. I'll try again with a map. trail not blazed well.

22 days 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.

Hard to find no signs of any kind. But very fun!

hiking
26 days ago

Nice easy long hike done twice in less than a week

hiking
28 days ago

My husband and I (in our early 40's) took our dog for a 5.3 mile hike (according to apple iWatch) and thought it was a great trail. We cruised through in about 1hr 45mins (~pace of 20min/mi). We didn't run into a lot of folks/dogs for a Sunday in June which we were grateful for. Great creeks along the way for our pooch to get her tummy wet and cool off. We were lucky to be there on a day where it hasn't rained much as I can see how it could be a very muddy mess if it had. Great bridges to avoid the creeks if you so desire. Be careful of your footing as there are a lot of tree roots in some parts of the trail. Fun hike and great workout. There is a great picnic area at the trailhead - fantastic for a snack/rest after your hike.

Very nice walk for beginners. We got out early, 7:45 and we had it all to ourselves until the end when people started coming the other direction. Beautiful creeks, scenery.

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

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike for families. My family enjoyed the hike the ferns are beautiful and the creeks that run through the area are nice and deep enough to swim in some places. It does tend to be a little muddy in places but if that doesn't bother you then I say go for it we're hiking right?

hiking
1 month ago

I tried this trail while visiting the falls. This was a wet trail most of the way due to the rains. It was shady most of the trail. I did not find much of interest on this hike other then going around the water puddles and muddy areas. I got a good work out though.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty Hike, nice falls, but nothing crazy. Nothing strenuous...we carried babies on our backs - very doable

hiking
2 months ago

Nice waterfalls in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC

hiking
2 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!

mountain biking
3 months ago

A nice little climb on the way up followed by some intense riding on the way down. Theres a pretty challenging portion with lots of roots, rocks, and sharp turns followed a much flowier portion next to a creek. I entered behind the stables and just kept making right turns until i made a loop.

walking
3 months ago

East going trail ideal for older folks who may be unused to hiking. Can be longish for them. Hiking poles useful for traversing rooted areas. Wild flowers and birds.

Great hike today. Was a little confusing at times but we figured it out with Alltrails and a quick glance at a paper map. Maybe some local groups need to volunteer time to refine some of the signage?

4 months ago

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

Nice trail but needs more blazes.

hiking
4 months ago

We really liked this hike lots to see especially crossing the bridges over the bogs

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail! Directions a little confusing, but we took Buckhorn Gap to the falls and Avery Creek Trail on the way back to the forestry road.

4 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 ..

Like others have said, hiking up the mountain was a challenge! Came here for the workout and amazing views at the top.. exactly what I got.

For those that don’t already know, the dirt road out there should be taking real slow, many pot holes and places to get stuck if it’s wet.

5 months ago

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

Nice varied terrain. Several river crossings, most with good bridges. Only passed 2 couples, otherwise total solitude. Pretty steep inclines, but doable for me as a 50 year old not in great shape. . Very nice views. Saw one deer.

on Daniel Ridge

5 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.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice moderate hike trough the forest with nice views of the river.

trail running
6 months ago

I run this loop all the time with my Jack Russell Terrier it is usually 5.5 miles from picnic area on my Garmin. Easier to navigate starting the loop from the left. Summer time weekends busy, week days not as bad, always a great run. Tends to get a few mud areas.

By far one of the coolest hikes. This hike offered a TON of spots to free climb along the rock face and climb your own route. If you’re used to doing John’s Rock, add this and you’ll love it. Some great rock rock faces scrambling!

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