Turkey Pen Gap Trail

HARD 27 reviews
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Turkey Pen Gap Trail is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mills River, North Carolina and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from March until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1450 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

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.

hiking
12 days ago

Be sure to bring extra hiking shoes and socks! Most of the bridges are washed out! Also download the map from pro before heading out because the trail is not marked and very overrun. Be ready for an all out hike with many challenges including wading rushing water.

hiking
17 days ago

28 days ago

1 month ago

Not well marked but nice trail

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Well marked trail, lightly traveled. Looks fun for horse back riding. No vistas.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

mountain biking
4 months ago

Has a great range from fast pace down hill riding to slow long gentle slopes. Also great views

5 months ago

Pretty tough at the beginning but quickly levels out and is mostly flat. Enjoyable but no overlooks or anything spectacular.

6 months ago

Hiked. I found it to be very difficult. There is supposed to have been an intersecting trail so I could get back. I never found it. I will hike it again.

9 months ago

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.

camping
10 months ago

Great Hike, First 2 miles is rough but worth it. Great camping spot at the north end of Wagon Road trail.

camping
11 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Solid climb to start it off and get to cross the river near the end. The water is chilly in February. Good hike

hiking
Friday, November 27, 2015

awesome trail, great destinations, overlook the horse poop.

hiking
Saturday, October 17, 2015

hiking
Friday, September 25, 2015

It was nice, tons of horse poop though.

hiking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

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!