Vineyard Gap Trail #324

2.3 mi - Moderate - The trail climbs moderately to the ridge of Forge Mountain; in the fall and winter, there are some nice views. Be sure to follow the paint blazes, since some unmaintained side trails intersect. From Forge Mountain the trail makes a sharp turn and drops steeply to the South Fork of Mills River, where it ends and Riverside trail (#115) begins (with a fording of the river). A short side trip downstream will bring you to an old home site, some of the remains of which may still be visible. There are some nice campsites along the river.

Approximate Elevation Change: 600 feet
Blaze: Yellow

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: yes
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 Parking Area at the end of the road. (This trailhead is sometimes congested with horse trailers). The trail starts at a set of steps on the right side of the parking area.


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking