Farlow Gap Trail from FR 475 to Farlow Gap

Picture of timber rattlesnake on Farlow Gap Trail

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Date Hiked: 8/4/90

Length: 10.6 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 2

Blaze: blue

Main Features: small waterfalls, remnants of a mica mine

Animals: timber rattlesnake, turkey, snail, gray squirrels

Location: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Drive north on NC highway 276 into the Pisgah National Forest from highway 64 outside of Brevard. Drive 5.4 miles and turn left on FR 475. Drive 4.1 miles to the parking area and gate at road 137 on the right. The trail follows the road beyond the gate.

Driving north on highway 215 from highway 64 outside Rosman, drive 7.9 miles and turn right onto 1328 (paved). Drive 0.3 miles and turn left onto 1327 (gravel). Drive 2.2 miles and turn right on FR 475 (gravel). Drive 3.1 miles to the parking area and gate at road 137 on the left.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 1,200 feet from parking area to end of roadbed at 3.7 miles
Descend 200 feet from old roadbed to waterfall at 4.0 miles
Ascend 1,000 feet from waterfall to Farlow Gap at 5.3 miles
Total Ascent: 2,400 feet

0.1 cross cement bridge
take left fork
0.6 ignore road on left
stream crossing
1.1 take right fork (ignore bridge on left)
1.4 first of several small waterfalls on left
1.6 ignore faint left fork
1.7 stream crossing
turn left at junction (Lanning Ridge Trail goes right)
1.8 turn left and cross stream
begin series of ascending switchbacks
2.1-3.7 trail follows old roadbed
2.2 stream crossing
stream crossing
2.6 steep drop-off on left of trail
2.7 remains of old railroad track (one rail)
stream crossing
2.9 cross wash filled with rocky rubble
3.1 stream crossing
3.2 turn left and cross stream
3.7 turn left and descend from old roadbed
3.8 trail goes through campsite
3.9 steep drop-off on left
4.0 trail crosses Shuck Ridge Creek above waterfall
ascend steeply on narrow trail with poor footing
4.4 small waterfall on left
4.5 stream crossing
4.7 take right fork
4.8 stream crossing
old mica mine
5.3 Farlow Gap (a few yards east is a great rock to sit on)


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