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Daniel Ridge Falls @ Pisgah National Forest!

  • Apr 1, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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We will meetup behind Cracker Barrel exit 40 off I 26 near Carrabba's at 10:30 am. and carpool from there. Primary Route: Daniel Ridge Falls is a bit misnamed because it isn't on Daniel Ridge Creek, but actually on Tom's Spring which feeds Daniel Ridge Creek. The main falls is along a logging road that's well kept and only 3 miles from the gate. A second, and smaller, falls is a little further up. The lowlands pass through a moist creek area. The logging road is well-kept and wanders nicely. Once on the logging road we will soon be upon the 150 foot Daniel Ridge Falls. You are in a mixed hardwood forest with Eastern Hemlock punctuating the Oak, Maple, Yellow Poplar and others. Since you're following a road, many margin and sun-prefering plants abound here, blackberry brambles, Joe Pye Weed, Sumacs (non-posionous), Mullein, Asters, Smartweeds (in the moister spots) and Poke. It's secluded and salamanders reside in this very moist habitat. Don't forget water, a snack/sandwich, whistle, sun block, good hiking shoes and hiking poles.

Difficulty: Novice and above

Elevation: 750 - 800 feet

Length: 4.5 mile loop

Time on the trail: 3 - 3 1/2 hours 

credit Ron J Miller for above description.

This is a dog friendly hike, but they must be leashed at all times. Don't forget water and snacks for your best friend.
GAS & CAR-POOLING: Both from the standpoint of having less impact on our environment and that many of the trail-heads we visit have limited parking, we car-pool as much as possible. With that in mind remember to contribute some gas money to your driver who has volunteered to take you. The recommended amount is $2.00 to $3.00 per person, depending on the distance. If it’s going to be more than 75-miles roundtrip, then $4.00 to $5.00 per person is more in order.
Optional after hike dinner at Carrabba's, the hike is free but you are responsible for the cost of your own meal.


Anyone meeting at the trailhead please let me know, here are directions to the trailhead. From the junction of US 276/64 in Brevard, NC go 5.4 miles into Pisgah National Forest on 276 to Forest Service Road 475, otherwise known as Fish Hatchery Road, and turn left. Go 4 miles to the parking area on the right. The parking is 0.7 mile past the Cove Creek Campground sign coming from Waynesville you will turn right on Forest Service Road 475. We should be at the trailhead by 11:15

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  • Randy O.

    April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry that I need to cancel as this is one of my favorite hikes. Been having some issues with my left knee from an old injury and need to rest it for a week.
    I will be with you in spirit, Enjoy!

    2 · March 31, 2014

    • Randy O.

      Hope you heal quick.

      March 31, 2014

    • Kevin T G.

      I don't leave home without it...... LOL!

      April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hike was good - not too long, not too steep for early season. Only saw leaves of trout lily - no other wildflowers.

    April 1, 2014

  • Randy O.

    My Cell # is[masked] if you need to call

    March 31, 2014

  • leslie

    I'm afraid I'm going to have to cancel too! :< I'm moving at the end of the week, tomorrow is my only day off, and I haven't packed a thing like I planned to last weekend. My stress level is maxed ! I'm working the next two hikes, so maybe on the 29th??? be safe, ENJOY!

    March 31, 2014

    • Randy O.

      Hope to see you then.

      March 31, 2014

  • Randy O.

    Anyone meeting at the trailhead please let me know, here are directions to the trailhead. From the junction of US 276/64 in Brevard, NC go 5.4 miles into Pisgah National Forest on 276 to Forest Service Road 475, otherwise known as Fish Hatchery Road, and turn left. Go 4 miles to the parking area on the right. The parking is 0.7 mile past the Cove Creek Campground sign coming from Waynesville you will turn right on Forest Service Road 475.

    March 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds healthy and fun! Leslie has offered to give me a ride from Bryson . . . then I will sign up. Karen Miller

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will meet you at the trailhead

    2 · March 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not sure which ranger station you are talking about...If it is the cradle of forestry meet me in the fish hatchery parking lot at 11am. We can leave from there. If it is the first ranger station i will meet you there at 11am. let me know which one,

      March 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's the first ranger station, which is the Pisgah Ranger District office - so I'll meet you there in the parking lot at 11 am.

      March 25, 2014

  • Kevin T G.

    Nice surprise. April Fools!!

    March 19, 2014

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