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Farlow Gap Trail #106

Very Difficult

Trail

3.1 mile 5.1 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Very Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 315' 96 m
Descent: -1,529' -466 m
High: 4,527' 1,380 m
Low: 3,313' 1,010 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Trail shared by JR JR

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

JR JR

Electric Mountain Bikes 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.

Description

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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Nov 10, 2018
Marty Ringelberg
26.3mi
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
Awesome.
Jul 30, 2015
Jackson Johnson

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Photos

Jeff Lenosky Trail Boss: Farlow Gap
Nov 23, 2016 near Brevard, NC
Tim Koerber Ripper, photographer and follow cam filmer for this Trail Boss episode, showing me how it's done!
Nov 28, 2016 near Brevard, NC
Eroded stairs at the end of the Farlow Gap trail.
Jun 4, 2017 near Brevard, NC
Roots and rocks are common.
Jun 4, 2017 near Brevard, NC
Some not too easy rolling on the Farlow Gap Trail.
Jun 4, 2017 near Brevard, NC

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