Turkeypen Gap Trail #322

5.5 mi - Difficult - This is one of the most challenging trails on the Pisgah District but is also one of the most pristine. Starting at Turkeypen Gap, it climbs steeply up to the top of Sharpy Mountain. If you survive this climb, you will must likely finish in good shape, though there are a series of steep ascents and descents along the entire length of the trail. The trail follows the top of a ridge and affords nice views into the South Mills River valley. An intersection with Wagon Road Gap Trail (#134) provides a loop hike when combined with South Mills River Trail (#133). This trail ends at the Black Mountain Trail (#127). Plan on carrying any water you will need, since most of the trail is on a dry ridge.

Approximate Elevation Change: 1,200 feet
Blaze: Blue

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Mountain Biking Trail: Mountain biking and hiking trail. Bikers please yield to hikers. Mountain biking prohibited in wilderness areas.
Water: no
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn left (south) on US 276 for approximately 1½ miles, and then turn left onto NC 280. Proceed east on NC 280 for approximately 5.2 miles and turn left on Turkeypen Road (FS 297) immediately after crossing the Transylvania/Henderson County line. Proceed 1.2 miles to the Turkeypen Gap Trailhead to the end of the road. (This trailhead has limited parking). The trail begins on the left side of the parking area.


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking