Turkey Pen Gap Trail
At A Glance
5.5 mi one-way
Difficulty Rating: 5.5
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Blue
Trail Number: 332
Long ridgeline trail which undulates up and down over the various knobs on its summit. Very steep in places; has some issues with erosion as well. It winds onto the edge of private land in places; stay on the trail. Travels through a typical ridgeline forest with a few nice big trees; one huge sourwood on Sharpy Mtn. stood out to me in particular. Nice sedges grow in open woods in a few places. Enables a connection with trails in the Davidson River area via the Black Mtn. trail.
This trail is located in the Mills River area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Mills River trails list page.
This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:
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Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:
Turkey Pen Gap - Turkey Pen to Wagon Road Gap
- Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
- Length: 2.42 mi
Turkey Pen Gap - Wagon Road Gap to Black Mtn Tr
- Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
- Length: 2.94 mi
Total Calculated Length: 5.36 mi
This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.
Average Rating: 3.8 (rated 4 times)
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RM said: Not a hike for the beginner. Trail stairs out steeply, levels a bit, then climbs and climbs and climbs again. Hiked it in the rain. Lots of mud.
JC said: Very rough terrain with lots of steep elevation changes. Would not recommend as a beginner trail as you must be in shape to make this hike. My friend and I enjoy hiking and we've tried many of the trails in the area but this hike was not enjoyable rather 4 hours and 30 mins of 'heavy working out'. I hear the view in the fall is amazing but in the summer there's no reward for your hard work climbing up and down steep slopes. One quarter mile section changes elevation by 600 feet. As a side note we did have about 40 pounds of backpacking gear on each of us.