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Daniel Ridge Loop

Average Rating:    (3.44 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

This is a great little loop. It's moderately technical the whole way, with it's share of rocks, roots, log bridges, and steep sections. The forest is scenic, the streams are pristine and scenic, the climb is just challenging enough, the downhill is too and it's fun - straight in some places and twisty in others - it's a typical Pisgah trail made into a nice little loop. And at the end, a 150-foot waterfall greets you with its showery spray; get wet and then cruise down the gravel road to your car for a cool-down. You can even take a dip in the clear, cold Davidson River if that's not enough! For all the information you may need on this ride, including maps, directions, and pictures, visit the Best Rides section of my web site at www.mtbikewnc.com.
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Latitude
35.289207513866124
Longitude
-82.83863067626953
Trail Directions
From Brevard, head onto US 276 west into Pisgah (this is the Davidson River area). Follow this road for 5.2 miles; turn left onto FR 475 (signs for the fish hatchery will be seen). The fish hatchery is 1.4 miles past the turn, then FR 475 turns to gravel. The parking area is 2.5 miles beyond where the road turns gravel, on the right.
Trail Length
4 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Brevard
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Review Date
June 1, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: samiller71 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The concrete bridge that goes over the Davidson River at the beginning of this ride was washed out due to a flood some time ago and a new one is currently being constructed. Homemade, laminated signs direct riders into the Cove Creek campground and up the Caney Bottoms trail to junction with the Daniel Ridge loop.

Recommended Route:
Like many others, I rode this counter clockwise since it was raining and the trail was covered in slick slop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Picklesimer Fields.



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Review Date
April 26, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jordan Mitchell

Summary:
Not much has changed since I posted this ride, but I do have some better pictures on my web site. One exception is that there are now some large rolling grade dips or small berms on the NE side of the loop that make great jumps when riding the loop clockwise.

Recommended Route:
Update from original post-
Just rode the route in the opposite direction from what was listed above, as many prefer. Personally, I enjoy both directions equally - I'd suggest riding one way once and the other way the second time. It's like two totally different trails. However, I maintain that in the summer, it's best to ride clockwise - going uphill through the sunny clearcuts on the NE side of the loop would be hell in hot weather!



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Review Date
December 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
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Reviewed by: jonathan , from brevard

Summary:
This a very fun trail but there is to many people on it which causes lots of stops to get out of every ones way also just when you get up to speed there is someone there to slow you back down its like this all year every year this is why i would stay away from this trail!!!!!

Recommended Route:
counter-clockwise



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Review Date
December 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Josh , from Brevard

Summary:
This is a beautiful trail indeed. Most local riders I know prefer to come down the rocky counter-clockwise side. This rocky descent is just technical enough to command your full attention but not so technical that you'll need to get off your bike much. Please be aware of the family hikers as this is a very popular trail for them. Enjoy the scenery.

Recommended Route:
I like to connect this with Caney Bottom- also accessible from Farlow Gap but you'd better bring your "a-game" if you intend on the ladder!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All of them!



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Review Date
August 13, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Ed , from Cary, NC, usa

Summary:
As others have already pointed out, this trail offers some beautiful scenery (as do many Pisgah trails). The waterfall is quite impressive and the creeks are pristine mountain classics. I've only rode the trail clockwise and the initial climb is a lung buster, but I was able to make it all the way in the granny gear. The rocky sections can be quite tricky and it seems this area is always a little damp (i.e. slippery) - but managable none the less with a decent rear tire. Even if you have to push a little ways, it's a great place to be hiking :) Once you get past the staircase, the rest of the single track is straight forward, although a little steep in places. Now you're ready for the downhill, which is a nice layout - but not too technical. Lots of waterbars for those who like high speed jumps with questionable landing areas, and the bridges are rideable even when wet due to the steel mesh on the surface of the bridges (nice touch). I will definitely have to try the counter-clockwise route the next time I'm out here. I'm sure the rocky sections will offer a lot of interesting technical challenges.

Recommended Route:
Either way, for differebt reasons...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Laurel Mtn., Sycamore, Avery Creek, Black Mtn., Perry Cove, etc...Just check out Jordan's website - the best site IMHO.



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