Farlow Gap Trail

At A Glance

Most Difficult

3.3 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 3.3
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Blue
Trail Number: 106


Follows an old logging railroad grade from the start at the junction with Daniel Ridge trail in the Right Fork cove. From there, it passes a large sloping rock slab and then crosses Right Fork. This can be a tricky crossing to stay dry; it will be impossible during very high water. It then proceeds up a series of 5 switchbacks in a beautiful cove hardwood forest with some enormous Tuliptrees. A small wet-weather waterfall is a few yards straight ahead at the tip of the 4th switchback, and another is to the right of a rock-armored staircase at the 5th.

Past the switchbacks, the trail begins a gradual climb around Fork River Ridge, crosses Daniel Ridge Creek (check out the small waterfall below the trail on the tributary just before the main stream), goes around Daniel Ridge, then descends some to cross Shuck Ridge Creek just above a very nice 25 ft waterfall. This section passes in and out of cove and mixed hardwood forests, sometimes with an understory of Rhododendron, mountain laurel, and doghobble. The once-common small hemlocks are now mostly dead. More than a few Red Spruce trees are gaining height in this area, and it may eventually resemble more of a mixed spruce-hardwood forest if these make it another few decades.

Past Shuck Ridge Creek, the trail becomes narrower and follows purpose-built path or old logging or mining roads on a very steep uphill grade through a side cove heading west. It then veers south across the top of the cove for the final push up to landmark that gives this trail its name, Farlow Gap.

Intersecting Trails

  • Art Loeb Section 2
  • Daniel Ridge Loop
  • 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.

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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:

    Farlow Gap - Daniel Ridge to Shuck Ridge Falls

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 2.28 mi

    Farlow Gap - Shuck Ridge Falls to Gap

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 1.05 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 3.33 mi

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