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South Mills River Trail #133

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Length

13.8 Miles 22.3 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

423' 129 m

Ascent

-1,166' -355 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

3,290' 1,003 m

High

2,412' 735 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 43 days ago
Muddy, Fallen Trees - From squirrel gap to Cantrell Creek the trail is in very bad shape. Overgrown, frequent mud pits, lots of downed trees, a dozen deep water crossings. I recommend leaving this section to the horses. History

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A long trail snaking through the South Mills River Drainage.

Brian Smith

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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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Sep 16, 2017
Clif Jones

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  2.3 from 6 votes

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So OVERGROWN between cantrell and squirrel gap which is a shame because it's so pretty, other parts are nice and flat. Jul 9, 2017

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