View – this moderate loop hike features views of two waterfalls.
Hike Profile – the hike is a counter-clockwise loop that follows the Daniel Ridge Trail. After crossing a bridge near the trailhead, the loop starts by taking a right onto a logging road that leads to the first waterfall and then climbs a moderate slope to the top of a broad ridge at about 3425 feet. A Forest Service road intersects the trail about half way up the slope that leads to the second waterfall. From the top, the trail then begins a gradual descent until it reaches the Davidson River Right Fork. At this point, the trail turns sharply left and follows the creek until returning to the trailhead.
Trail Surface – mostly dry with loose rocks and some eroded sections that have rocky ruts. There are also a couple of wet, muddy spots where small water runoffs cross the trail and a couple of stream crossings.
Environment – hardwood forest with light undergrowth. There is a section of rhododendron on the initial climb to the top of the ridge.
Navigation – both waterfalls are located off Forest Service roads that cross the trail. The first waterfall is reached by continuing on the Forest Service road at the start of the trail. After viewing the waterfall, you will have to backtrack on that road a short distance to pick up the Daniel Ridge trail that branches off to the right of the road. Half way up the ridge, you will cross the second Forest Service road. Take a right on that road. The second waterfall is located about 0.2 miles down the road on the left. After viewing the waterfall, return to the Daniel Ridge trail and continue climbing the slope.
At the mid point of the loop, the trail will fork with the Daniel Ridge trail turning sharply left and the trail to Farlow Gap swinging to the right. Turn left onto the Daniel Ridge trail.
Directions to Trailhead – from the intersection of NC 280 and US 276 north of Brevard, take US 276 to FS 475 and drive approximately 4 miles to a parking area on the right, which is about 1 mile after the road becomes unpaved. The trailhead is at the gate on a gravel road.