7.1 miles
1,053 ft
-957 ft
3,510 ft
High Point

This mountain bike ride is a great step up for intermediate riders and consists of a mellow climb up Cove Creek trail with a few stream crossings, then a traverse across to Daniel Ridge trail on an old jeep road that has grown into singletrack. The descent down Daniel Ridge follows the creek, and there is a good swimming hole at the end.

Detailed Description
Bike Transylvania: Cove Creek to Daniel Ridge is a 7 mile popular intermediate route located near Brevard North Carolina. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 1,053 ft with a max elevation of 3,510 ft then descends -957 ft.
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9 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
sawinger (Oct 15, 2022 at 0:38)
Closed to automobile traffic from the parking lot at Lanning Road to Cathy’s Ridge Rd.
  • + 0
Quasifrog (Aug 27, 2022 at 7:51)
  • - 1
tim493 (Nov 22, 2021 at 14:05)
On the plus side loads of potential and people that enjoy untamed “old school” pre flow trail stuff it may be enjoyable. On the negative side multiple fallen trees, a landslide making you hike off trail, unrideable sections in the uphill direction, and plenty of opportunities to launch over the handlebars on untamed rocks and roots. Could become a real gem with new maintenance.
  • + 2
daceto817 (Jul 19, 2021 at 12:07)
Best done starting from Cove Creek road, the "top" is a small clearing about 0.25 miles from the actual intersection. Turning to the right, it starts as a techy, rooty trail with a few drops and some creek crossings. Upon turning left at the Farlow intersection, it gets fast and rocky, essentially a streambed going along the side of a hill. Super fun and rowdy. Turning to the left from Cove Creek Road, there's some tech to start but it quickly devolves into steep, fast, and loose, particularly the section immediately following the intersection with Lanning Ridge Road. Very different and very fun both ways down.
  • + 1
charlyaurelia (Dec 16, 2018 at 21:32)
This is such a beautiful ridge and ride and the trail is technical and fun.
  • + 0
Redhawk BONC (Oct 25, 2018 at 6:36)
This is a bit deceptive and confusing to visitors so I hope the admins will rectify it. That is that the loop connector section is clearly bike legal as the trail wand indicates. I have no knowledge of the section past that. Perhaps the Trailforks map could be amended by dividing the trail into two sections....?
  • + 0
solarjeepgirl (Nov 18, 2017 at 16:35)
Hiking trail, No bikes allowed
  • + 1
Bennnnnn (Sep 11, 2017 at 8:21)
Quite a few big rocks and drops/steps on this one. Also a few creek crossings
  • + 0
Elduder714 (May 28, 2017 at 19:51)
Trail Cove Creek
Trail was in great shape. Easy up and fun down


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More Stats for Bike Transylvania: Cove Creek to Daniel Ridge mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    96 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,551 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,556 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,651 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,067 ft
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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Daniel’s Ridge, Pisgah, NC
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Cove Creek
Jan 14, 2023 @ 8:08pm
Jan 14, 2023
Some small greasy spots, but holding up pretty well.
Davidson River Road
Oct 8, 2022 @ 9:02am
Oct 8, 2022
Cove Creek Road
Aug 27, 2022 @ 7:58am
Aug 27, 2022
First bridge is still out after the gte
Lanning Ridge Road
Aug 22, 2022 @ 3:01pm
Aug 22, 2022
Daniels Ridge
May 17, 2022 @ 2:39pm
May 17, 2022
Major Water drainage issue, large mud holes in the area of the landslide. The only way thru is by carrying your bike, it is unridable. Otherwise the trail is in excellent shape
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