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A long trail snaking through the South Mills River Drainage.


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13.7

Miles

22.0

KM

Singletrack

3,284' 1,001 m

High

2,412' 735 m

Low

370' 113 m

Up

1,096' 334 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Completely overgrown and downed trees every hundred yards from Wolf Ford to Cantrell Creek. The trail might as well not exist. Expect to hike your bike the whole way. If you think this will be an easy short cut you are mistaken. Wouldn't recommend this to ride on a bike to anyone.

Description

Though this trail is on a relatively easy grade, there are nine bridgeless river crossings, thus the difficulty rating. From the end of FS 476, it is four miles to Wolf Ford, where there is a nice campsite. Additionally there is a suspension bridge for hikers, but from here to Cantrell Creek there are no bridges.

You'll notice signs of an old railroad along much of the trail; look for old trestles at water crossings. Due to the trails location at the bottom of a steep valley, it remains cold in the summer, but is very refreshing. Between Cantrell Creek and the Turkeypen Gap Trailhead there are suspension bridges to cross the river. There are numerous intersections with other trails for loop opportunities. Follow the white blazes to stay on this trail.

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Brian Smith

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  1.7 from 20 votes

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#906

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Photos

Walking Bridge across creek
Sep 8, 2017 near Brevard, NC
The Bike Farm MTB Trails, ROAD GAP!!
Aug 11, 2021 near Etowah, NC
Bridge still out at bottom of Squirrel Gap 3/23
Mar 26, 2023 near Brevard, NC
Post TS Fred. Taken 8.24.2021. First footbridge from Turkey Pen Trailhead.
Aug 26, 2021 near Etowah, NC
When the creek not only rises but becomes a tsunami. This is a 10' elevation at least. Close up of previous pic.
Aug 26, 2021 near Etowah, NC
Going East on South MIlls River trail, between Wagon Gap and Pounding Mt. Note the elevation from log to river.
Aug 26, 2021 near Etowah, NC
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