Daniel Ridge Loop Trail

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The Daniel Ridge Loop Trail is a simple and beautiful 4-mile loop hiking and mountain biking trail through the old hardwood forests of Pisgah National Forest.

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Gary Eblen

Destination Distance From Downtown

6.5 miles


3 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

4 mile loop 1-2 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


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Daniel ridge is a serene and beautiful 4 mile loop. It's rather perfect for its simplicity. On my day off, I teach a day hiking class, and I often take students to Daniel Ridge. It is a moderate hike, but there are some sections, which are pretty steep and hilly. It's also a very popular technical mountain biking loop, so share the trail. 
The hike meanders through a 50 year-old hard wood forest. Hikers will enjoy nice rhododendron tunnels and mountain laurel. The last mile, you're actually following the headwaters of a creek that eventually turn into a beautiful 100 foot waterfall. The view of the waterfall from the bottom is impressive. It's a great trail just about any time of year, and in the winter, it has distant views of Cedar Rock and Looking Glass. In the spring, enjoy the wonderful wildflower patches.

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Daniel Ridge Loop Trail

Brevard, NC,
35.281848, -82.833754

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