Turkey Pen Gap Trail is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mills River, NC and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible from March until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Mountain Views, Lush valleys, Long walk beside the river Beginning the hike you start to climb. The first mile and a half is a descent incline (at one point you will climb 600 feet in less than a quarter of a mile. Take lots of water because the first 2 miles are dry. This hike is beautifl during the fall because you can see a greater distance. There are great views on the way up. If you can survive the first hour and a half, it is literally all down hill from there. You will descent from Sharpy Mountain for about a half of mile and then you will climb again for 200 or 300 feet. At that time, (this should be about 2 hours into your hike), you will see a trail that goes to the right- Wagon Road Gap. Follow this trail down. After a short distance, you will feel like you found the Garden of Eden. Once you get to a large opening, you will hear the river. Turn right onto South Mills River Trail. It will lead right to the river. You will find a trail back 100 feet that goes to the right and to a swinging bridge.
Great trail that borders the S Mills . there are parts that are strenuous but worth it. Trail contains great creek side camp sites. Good trout fishing on S. Mills also.
Great Hike, First 2 miles is rough but worth it. Great camping spot at the north end of Wagon Road trail.
Solid climb to start it off and get to cross the river near the end. The water is chilly in February. Good hike
awesome trail, great destinations, overlook the horse poop.
It was nice, tons of horse poop though.
Started this trail today and didn't get too far because there was so much horse poop! Not sure if it gets better along the way, but it was difficult trying to keep my dog out of it so we ended up turning back. Seems like a pretty area if you can get past that!
Love the bridges! Pretty easy trail compared to a lot of others (especially along the river). Took two dogs with me & they loved it as well. Makes for an easy weekend hike & plenty of places to camp along the way.
we searched for a difficult trail and boy did we find it! We set out to complete the 5.9 mile loop and missed the trailhead for Wagon Wheel. This mistake added 5 miles to our trip...which took us toward Black Mnt. This was a huge climb in elevation- steep, narrow passage through lots of rhododendrons . Had we experienced the trail as originally intended, it would have been perfect. Note to those who come behind us...look closely for the wagon wheel trailhead on your right. its a tall vertical sign in a clearing. with all the leaves on the ground its hard to see. And, if you are looking for views, this is not the best trail to take. there are not many opportunities for views.
Backpacked here once! It was a blast, but difficult.
I camped there is alot of places to camp from what i saw and loved it
Did a northern loop that goes up above the posted trail and then comes back down to the northern half of the posted loop. Was a great, moderately tough hike that we broke up into a long and short day. The trails are all well maintained (probably mostly by constant use but not overcrowded.) The place was so green you could almost smell it. :-) Great trail for getting away for the weekend or training for tougher longer hikes.
Nice trail, relativly flat, as it goes by river much of the way.