July 25, 2008
This is one of my favorite relatively short trails in Pisgah. It's less than five miles in length, but feels like about twice that. Beautiful streamside riding, with some narrow bridges, followed by a challenging, rather steep climb. Props for making it all without stopping. The top part of the descent is extremely fun, very rocky and narrow in places, but has good flow. The bottom part of the descent is a much smoother old forest road. One of the bridges to get to the loop was indeed destroyed in the flooding of 2004, but you can walk your way around this. A classic trail!
Davidson River trail is a good way to access Daniel Ridge. Also recommended are Butter Gap and Long Branch.