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Farlow Gap and Daniel Ridge Loop


Widely regarded as the most technical, challenging trail in Pisgah National Forest.

Mountain Biking Extreme

18 km
719 m
719 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
803 m
High Point
1.4 km
Farlow Gap and Daniel Ridge Loop Map

Farlow Gap has garnered worldwide renown as the most technical mountain bike trail in the Pisgah National Forest. Since Pisgah is home to some of the gnarliest riding anywhere, that's quite the claim to fame!


Farlow begins with a tight, steep bit of singletrack funneling into a big drop off of a boulder. A constant barrage of roots and rocks will pummel your wheels before you reach a steep, rocky drop in and subsequent pedal out of a creek crossing.

Some sections of these trails are so choked by massive boulders that there's no visible line through them—trials-like skills or an incredible amount of luck are required to successfully pedal your bike through those sections.

In addition to massive boulders, ledge drops, kickers, log crossings, and massive root webs all demand advanced-level bike handling skills.

If you're not looking for one of the most challenging mountain bike rides of your life, it's probably best to skip this trail and move on to the next one.

Sources: http://www.pisgahareasorba.org/2010/04/1177/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCRPuPu3S64



Very steep, difficult, narrow singletrack with widely variable and unpredictable trail conditions. Unavoidable obstacles could be 15in/38cm tall or greater, and unavoidable obstacles with serious consequences are likely to be present. Obstacles could include big rocks, difficult root sections, drops, jumps, sharp switchbacks, and more. Ideal for expert-level riders.

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

between February and November


  • Technical
  • Road sections
  • Drops
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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