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Level: Expert
Length: 2.4 mi (3.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +85/465 ft
Total: 79 riders
 

Mountain Biking Farlow Gap

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#46 of 532 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#844 in the world

This is one of the most technical downhills in Pisgah: very steep and rocky! The trail drops about 2000 ft in 3 miles then connects with the Daniel Ridge trail. To loop it, climb the road to Gloucester Gap and then turn right. It is long (9 miles) with the steepest part within the last 3 miles.

Best ridden as a loop from Fish Hatchery: 476 -> Glocester Gap -> Pilot Mtn Rd -> Farlow Gap -> Farlow Gap Trail -> Daniel Ridge

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Part of the trail network in Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, NC; can be accessed from Pisgah Fish Hatchery. To get to the hatchery: From Asheville, NC, take I-26 to NC-280 South. Follow NC-289 to Brevard. Turn right onto US-276 into Pisgah National Forest. Turn left at fork right after bridge, go down the gravel road a ways, and look for the hatchery on your left.
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  • Matthew Bonner
    *****

    This trail is very difficult. Don't let the first 100 feet of beautiful flowy trail throw you off. Immediately after that you are thrown into doubletrack absolutely positively covered in large rocks. Expect regular 1 1/2 to 2 foot drops accompanied by some extremely difficult stream crossings and a few brutal climbs. However, once you make it through the climbs you are treated to some awesome riding that is slightly less technical and can definitely be ridden. Enjoy!

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  • Aaron Chamberlain
    *****

    Technical Pisgah trail riding at its finest. It takes some time to get to the descent and you'll probably be wondering, "Are we there yet?" Well, you'll know once you get to Farlow. The top of the descent is gnarly. There is a ton of rock here. A couple of rock drop opportunities, so look before you leap! Sadly, it's not all downhill though. There are some short, nearly impossible climbs, unless you're an immensely talented rider. Eventually it links up with Daniels Ridge for even more fun.

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  • mtndew24
    ****

    Farlow gap is primarily a downhill trail. To get to the top you take a looong gravel road that turns into doubletrack and finally to singletrack for the last bit. Therefore the climb isn't too bad as long as you're in good shape. Farlow gap begins with a steep rideable descent which can mislead you to thinking this as do-able and then BAM you hit the massive STEEP rock garden. Be very careful. I kept trying to ride through the rock garden failing everytime until I endo'd hard hurting myself and busting my derailleur cage. It's kind of frustrating because you think you can ride it but your front wheel will continue to get stuck and send you off. So unless you have mad skill and good medical insurance it's probably best to walk the rock garden. After that there are creek crossings and few other drops that will make you get off your bike making this downhill time consuming. Then you get a short climb before a fun quick decent back to daniel's ridge. Definately the hardest trail in Pisgah, like a much gnarlier version of Pilot Rock.

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  • Will Mac
    ****

    Rode this trail for the first time last Sunday, starting from the Fish Hatchery. The climb up was rough. From where I started it was partially paved road and mostly dirt road. SR 229 was rocky and rutted out and was certainly the hardest part of the climb. I consider my skill level on a mountain bike to be "intermediate" and a good portion of the Farlow Gap trail itself was beyond my abilities. There was a good bit of hike a bike for me on the way down. Some of the obstacles and creek crossings seemed so difficult that even the most expert riders would have to walk a little. This ride was fun and challenging, but just make sure you have the endurance to do a ton of climbing and the skill level to handle a lot of technical downhill if you choose to ride here. Oh, one cool part is the Daniel Ridge waterfall near the bottom. I was sweating like a prostitute in church at the bottom and it was really nice to stick my head under that waterfall.

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  • bikecowboy
    *****

    There are three other great loops in this area that are part of the Swank 65 race. They all can be started and/or ended at the Daniel Ridge trailhead. Farlow Gap is definitely the toughest climb and decent in that area. A good workout is to start at Daniel Ridge trailhead and ride up and do Butter Gap/Long Branch then ride back up and over Farlow. Whew!

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