Grand Gap Loop

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6.4 Miles 10.4 Kilometers



875' 267 m


-872' -266 m


1,427' 435 m


1,257' 383 m



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A scenic loop with giant rocks and sheer cliffs above the Big South Fork River.

Leslie Kehmeier


The Grand Gap loop is part of the 2012 designated Big South Fork - IMBA Epic. Grand Gap is multi-use, shared with hikers. The trail has spectacular views of the Big South Fork River and is mostly smooth and flat singletrack, ideal for beginning and intermediate mountain bikers.
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Need to Know

There are a couple of options for accessing the Grand Gap Trail:

Option 1. From Bandy Creek take Duncan Hollow Road approximately 2 miles to the Alfred Smith Road on the right. Park at the intersection of Duncan Hollow and the Alfred Smith Road. Ride 1.8 miles down the Alfred Smith Road to Grand Gap Loop. Ride Grand Gap Loop (6.8 miles), return to your vehicle and drive out the Alfred Smith and Duncan Hollow Road returning to Bandy Creek.

Option 2. Drive from Bandy Creek out Duncan Hollow road. In approximately 2 miles turn right on Alfred Smith Road. Travel 1.8 miles down Alfred Smith Road to the small trailhead parking. Ride the Grand Gap Loop 6.8 miles. Return to your vehicle and drive back to Duncan Hollow Road and Bandy Creek.


The Grand Gap loop is best ridden in a counterclockwise direction starting at a small trailhead near the intersection with the John Muir Trail.

The first half mile or so of the trail is a more or less steady, not-too-steep climb. At the top you'll pass a gravestone. The trail flattens out here and then gradually descends towards the first viewpoints along the river.

From here on out the trail rolls along through dense forests, along cliff edges and under giant rock houses. It's the kind of trail that captures your attention for the entire ride.

History & Background

The Grand Gap trail is located in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, designated in 1974.


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Apr 9, 2017
Joe Campbell
Mar 9, 2017
John Nelms
Awesome ride on Grand Gap! Beautiful views of Big South Fork. Fun singletrack shared with hikers
Jan 1, 2017
Tommy Safranek
Big South Fork New Year's Day Mail Run on the Grand Gap loop from Bandy Creek. 14mi
Nov 26, 2016
Jeff Carter
Smooth scenic trail with a few rocks and roots here and there. Great overlook. 6.4mi
May 7, 2016
Sherri Thompson
Such a great ride! and the mountain laurel were just starting to bloom
May 25, 2015
Jonathan Collett
Sep 22, 2013
Travis Crozier

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Great flowing trails, better views! Not the most fun trails I've ever been on but the scenery is incredible. If you only have a little time here, you'll want to do this section and then link up with John Muir if you have time! Nov 16, 2016

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