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Farlow Gap Trail #106

 4.7 (19)

3.1 Miles 5.1 Kilometers


315' 96 m


-1,529' -466 m



Avg Grade (6°)


Max Grade (19°)

4,527' 1,380 m


3,313' 1,010 m


Shared By JR JR


All Clear 42 days ago
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Farlow Gap is often touted as one of the toughest mountain bike trails in the Pisgah Nat'l Forest.


Dogs Unknown

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Wouldn't recommend dogs. No horseback riding is permitted on any of the trails surrounding the fish hatchery, so you can let your guard down.


Just whispering this trail's name can either stoke excitement or fear into the hearts of mountain bikers. Farlow is notoriously the most difficult trail in Pisgah...

The trail is very strenuous at times, and its tread has tree roots and loose rocks along much of its length. However, it has great variety in scenery and vegetation. You'll cross several streams and three ridges (the crossings of Shuck Ridge Creek and the Right Fork of the Davidson River are difficult). You'll also move from a forest of cove hardwoods, such as yellow poplar and red oak, to an upland hardwood forest of oak, black gum and red maple. Small waterfalls, cascades, and an old mica mine near the trail below Farlow Gap are points of interest.

Though it may be tempting at times, please do not leave the main trail, because shortcutting switchbacks causes erosion.

Hope that your suspension is dialed and in good working order, along with your brakes. Then all you need to do is hang on and enjoy the ride!


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Sep 9, 2018
Connor Woodruff
Sep 1, 2018
Amy White
Some super steep rocky but rideable sections and some hard rooty climbs. One large rock drop. Road w/ Sycamore Cycles ladies.
Apr 30, 2017
Scott McLerran
What I call a mountain bike trail.
Mar 21, 2017
Justin Smith
Took 229 up, grueling gravel climb for an hour. Farlow to Daniel Ridge Loop clockwise back to 475, 3mi gravel climb back to vehicle. — 5h 20m
Oct 31, 2016
Tylerclimb Labelle
Jul 30, 2015
Jackson Johnson
Feb 28, 2014
Ethan Walter

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Crazy hard ridiculous technical descent that requires a fair amount of walking and incredibly long climb to get to it. Some people enjoy this trail, but I just feel that the downhill payoff for the long climb isn't worth it like Laurel-Pilot for example. Aug 17, 2017
This is a fantastic tech descent. It's a pretty long gravel grind to the top, but these turns and gnar are worth earning. Bring your A game, because it's steep, rocky, and has big league creek crossings that req Oct 25, 2017
jedi-diah Cuttle
Knoxville, TN
jedi-diah Cuttle   Knoxville, TN
This is the kind of trail that makes you want to get better at riding bikes Nov 11, 2017

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