Wagon Road Gap Trail
At A Glance
0.7 mi one-way
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Orange
Trail Number: 134
Climbs from the Mills River up to Wagon Road Gap on the Turkey Pen Gap trail through a pleasant cove forest. It enables the only (day hike) loop from the Turkeypen trailhead parking using the Turkey Pen Gap trail.
The bottom-most portion passes through what was once a dense, dark, open hemlock grove, now mostly dead. Shortly up from this is a muddy, wide crossing of the main tributary branch, where it's difficult to keep your feet dry despite the stream's small size. Another side tributary has a small log bridge, but it is slippery, moss-covered, rotten, and about ready to collapse. Further up, the forest is mostly hardwoods with some large, straight Tuliptrees. Hemlocks, which were slowly making inroads against the hardwoods in the cove, become less prominent further up in elevation, and are mostly dead as well - although a few looked inexplicably healthy on my last hike.
The trail is somewhat faint but still obvious as it climbs straight up the fall line and directly into the drainage of the diminishing stream, before reaching the gap.
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