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Transylvania County North Carolina Hiking Trails

Turkey Pen Gap Trail

Pets must be restrained or on a leash at all times while in developed recreation areas.

Pisgah National Forest

Length: 5.5 miles
Rating: Strenuous

Turkey Pen Gap Trail is one of the most challenging trails on the Pisgah District, but is also one of the most pristine. Be prepared to cover a series of steep ascents and descents along the entire length of the trail. The trail follows the top of a ridge.

The trail begins at Turkey Pen Gap and climbs steeply up to the top of Sharpy Mountain. If you survive this climb, you will most likely finish in good shape. An intersection with Wagon Road Gap Trail provides a loop hike when combined with South Mills River Trail. This trail ends at the Black Mountain Trail. Plan to carry any water you will need, because most of the trail is on a dry ridge.
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From the ranger station take Highway 276 south to Highway 280. Travel east on 280 about four miles to the Transylvania/Henderson County line and turn left onto FS Road 297. Follow FS Road 297 to the end. Trail begins from the parking lot. (This trailhead has limited parking.)

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