Upcoming Hike on Tuesday, February 13:
Daniel Ridge Loop
On February 13, Jim Olson will lead a Holy Hike on the Daniel Ridge Loop located in Pisgah National Forest. This trail follows the Davidson River and its tributary Lanning Branch and also features a view of Toms Springs Falls. The loop is rated moderate (not easy) with a total distance of 4.5 miles and 813-feet elevation gain.
Please plan to meet at the trailhead at 11:00am. If you wish to convoy from St. John in the Wilderness, plan to meet in the Parish Hall Parking Lot no later than 10:00am. Pack a lunch and water. Dogs are allowed on this hike but must remained leashed. Special hiking gear is not required, but hiking poles are always recommended.
The trailhead is located on National Forest Road #475, 28761. This is about 29 miles from St. John in the Wilderness with an estimated drive time of 45 minutes. See directions below.
Traveling North on Highway 276, turn left onto National Forest Road and continue past the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education (old Fish Hatchery) for an additional 3.8 miles.
After passing Cove Creek Group Campground, the road will turn to gravel but does not require 4-wheel drive. Daniel Ridge Loop Trail Parking Area will be on the right.