Daniel Ridge Loop Trail

At A Glance


4 mi one-way

Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Blaze Color: Red
Trail Number: 105

This trail is located in the Davidson River area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Davidson River trails list page.


Fantastic loop trail. The naming of this one appears to be kind of a flub as it's not anywhere near Daniel Ridge itself; instead, the trail is on a spur of Lanning Ridge. And it also appears the Forest Service may be renaming the lower part of this trail to Farlow Gap based on their latest trail data. Described here clockwise, it can be hiked either direction.

Follows an old roadbed upstream to start. Passes an old fish hatchery and ruins of an old bridge. Trail narrows as it climbs Right Fork; clings to steep hillside. Straight poplars grow in a cove hardwood forest here. At the intersection with the Farlow Gap trail at a set of steps, turn right. Begins moderate climb through smaller mixed hardwoods and pleasant open forests. It crests the ridge, then starts descending through logged areas, somewhat steeply at times. Then travels through a somewhat more level valley in a forest of hemlocks, rhododendrons, and twisted Mountain Laurel, arching over the trail at times. Here there are creek crossings on plank & log bridges. The trail passes the top of Toms Spring Falls (Daniel Ridge Falls) and then goes around a large switchback near the end. Turn left at the intersection with gravel Lanning Ridge Road to reach the base of falls after a few feet. Turn right to close the loop.

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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Lanning Ridge Rd. - Davidson River Rd. to Daniel Ridge Loop

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.26 mi

Davidson River Rd - 477 to Lanning Ridge Rd.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.12 mi

Daniel Ridge Loop - FS 5046 to Farlow Gap Tr.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 1.73 mi

Daniel Ridge Loop - Farlow Gap To Falls

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 2.27 mi

Total Calculated Length: 4.38 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, so it may not match officially published information.

Intersecting Trails

  • Farlow Gap
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