Elk Pen Trail

At A Glance


1.9 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 3.41
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Lowest Elevation: 2700 ft
Highest Elevation: 3450 ft
Climb Total: 750 ft
Trail Number: 166


Created for use in the movie "The Last of the Mohicans" (supposedly) and used in the opening scene. Passes through some of the oldest oak and poplar (tuliptree) forest in the area with some very large trees; unfortunately the larger hemlocks in the area are now dead but that makes it easier to see the big hardwoods. Connects with FS 74 at both ends; the upper junction is across from the Upper Corner Rock trail so they can be joined.

Intersecting Trails

  • Upper Corner Rock
  • This trail is located in the Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) trails list page.

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    Average Rating: 1.0 (rated 1 times)

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    susan said: Keep trying to click stars. Won't light up. Maybe 3? 'Interior' trail. Follows south? side of creek all the way to FR. Many small falldowns, running water in many places 5/27. Not a prob, just a lot of effort for not great reward. Last 1/8 mile completely overgrown, Didn't want to finish.

    Sunday, May 31 2020 7:38pm
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