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