11.5 miles
Distance
2,368 ft
Climb
-2,364 ft
Descent
4,638 ft
High Point

Farlow Gap is a destination for many mountain bikers and is considered by many to be one of the most difficult trail in Pisgah. Fall line rock garden, stream crossings and mountain coves covered in ferns await the adventurous on this ride that could take anywhere from 3 -5 hours depending on skill level. Not recommended for new/intermediate riders. It is recommended that you notify someone of the route and start time, and alway take a map.

Detailed Description
Bike Transylvania: Farlow Gap is a 12 mile popular extreme route located near Brevard North Carolina. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 15 trails. This route climbs 2,368 ft with a max elevation of 4,638 ft then descends -2,364 ft.
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32 Reviews & Comments

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sawinger (Oct 15, 2022 at 0:38)
Closed to automobile traffic from the parking lot at Lanning Road to Cathy’s Ridge Rd.
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sawinger (Oct 15, 2022 at 0:38)
Closed to automobile traffic from the parking lot at Lanning Road to Cathy’s Ridge Rd.
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sawinger (Oct 15, 2022 at 0:38)
Closed to automobile traffic from the parking lot at Lanning Road to Cathy’s Ridge Rd.
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sawinger (Oct 15, 2022 at 0:38)
Closed to automobile traffic from the parking lot at Lanning Road to Cathy’s Ridge Rd.
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sawinger (Oct 15, 2022 at 0:38)
Closed to automobile traffic from the parking lot at Lanning Road to Cathy’s Ridge Rd.
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sawinger (Oct 15, 2022 at 0:38)
Closed to automobile traffic from the parking lot at Lanning Road to Cathy’s Ridge Rd.
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sawinger (Oct 15, 2022 at 0:38)
Closed to automobile traffic from the parking lot at Lanning Road to Cathy’s Ridge Rd.
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BradyEssary (Sep 3, 2022 at 11:42)
Several areas are washed out but definitely still passable on bike.
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BradyEssary (Sep 3, 2022 at 11:42)
Several areas are washed out but definitely still passable on bike.
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BradyEssary (Sep 3, 2022 at 11:42)
Several areas are washed out but definitely still passable on bike.
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BradyEssary (Sep 3, 2022 at 11:42)
Several areas are washed out but definitely still passable on bike.
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Quasifrog (Aug 27, 2022 at 7:51)
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JDCMTB2007 (Jul 13, 2022 at 18:56)
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But at the same time it is a little bit of a boring ride. This trail is not taken care of well and is honestly just a waste of energy.
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JDCMTB2007 (Jul 13, 2022 at 18:53)
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This trail is absolutely insane!
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lemiwinks (May 1, 2022 at 12:42)
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Most technical natural terrain trail I’ve seen anywhere. It’s rad
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cjfpek3000 (Mar 1, 2022 at 15:39)
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Not a great ride. Upper section is a boulder murder feat followed by some impossible river traverses. Not worth the long climb.
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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.
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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.
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bkxc (Jun 8, 2021 at 7:36)
One of the best rides ever. Hellacious endless chunk.
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bluenext (Apr 25, 2021 at 17:39)
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Dope backcountry minimally maintained trail. You're out there on your own on this one. Super fun, very loose and pretty steep. A few tough switchbacks and a stout climb in the middle before the final traverse over to daniels ridge. I'm curious whether there are locals who ride the stream crossings.
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manglermixer (Jul 11, 2021 at 18:23)
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theres quite a few locals that have cleaned them all, myself included. the. climb up from the waterfall crossing has haunted me and with erosion it gets harder and harder every year and I came real close back in 2016.
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BradLJ (Feb 28, 2021 at 9:26)
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klockwood (Sep 7, 2020 at 17:12)
This is a gravel road
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klockwood (Sep 7, 2020 at 17:12)
This is a gravel road
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klockwood (Sep 7, 2020 at 17:12)
This is a gravel road
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klockwood (Sep 7, 2020 at 17:12)
This is a gravel road
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klockwood (Sep 7, 2020 at 17:11)
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This is a forest road but is more like double track with rocky and big root sections
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LegitBiker9000 (Apr 30, 2019 at 8:36)
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The trail starts out with pretty much some of the best back country Pisgah technical stuff. Riding a hardtail down this trail is not recommended unless you either have good plus size tires, at least 130mm of travel, and no front derailleur, or if you just want to walk down the whole thing. The climb is also very long so don't rush up it, take it slow because you will need all the energy you can get prior to descending, also consider eyeing out a few of the sections if it is your first time.
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charlyaurelia (Dec 16, 2018 at 21:32)
This is such a beautiful ridge and ride and the trail is technical and fun.
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Bennnnnn (Sep 11, 2017 at 8:21)
Quite a few big rocks and drops/steps on this one. Also a few creek crossings
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  • Primary Activity
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  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Ridelogs
    215
More Stats for Bike Transylvania: Farlow Gap mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    4 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,632 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,632 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,635 ft
  • Grade max
    -51%
  • Grade min
    33.7%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,647 ft
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