Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Registered User Drybones's Avatar
    Join Date
    10-13-2010
    Location
    Gadsden, AL
    Age
    71
    Posts
    3,191

    Default Pisgah loop hike ?

    I'm looking at doing a loop hike near Brevard, NC that starts at Turkey Pen Gap, follows the South Mills River to the Pink Beds, on to the MTS trail and loops back at Little Bald Mt, 33.5 miles, looks like it would make for a good weekend hike....anyone from that area that can comment on the quality of this hike? Thanks.

  2. #2
    PCT, Sheltowee, Pinhoti, LT , BMT, AT, SHT, CDT 560 miles 10-K's Avatar
    Join Date
    10-30-2007
    Location
    Erwin, TN
    Age
    59
    Posts
    8,436

    Default

    Sounds interesting - is this within the Shining Rock or Middle Prong wilderness area? That's some rugged, beautiful country. I've hiked the Art Loeb and MTS trails through there and I always think about coming back.

  3. #3
    Registered User Drybones's Avatar
    Join Date
    10-13-2010
    Location
    Gadsden, AL
    Age
    71
    Posts
    3,191

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by 10-K View Post
    Sounds interesting - is this within the Shining Rock or Middle Prong wilderness area? That's some rugged, beautiful country. I've hiked the Art Loeb and MTS trails through there and I always think about coming back.
    This hike would be east of Shining Rock and on the other side of the Blue Ridge Parkway. About half of the hike follows a stream so I'm guessing a lot of Rhododendrons similar to the Foothills Trail. Part of this loop is on the MTS trail. I did the Art Loeb last December, nice hike also.

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    12-28-2007
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Age
    69
    Posts
    404

    Default

    I spent more time trying to find turkey pen gap road then anything else, so I hope you have a good idea as to its location. I spent 3 days hiking back through there, and did not make it to Pink Beds, but the rest of the hike, along the South Mills and up then up the mountain was very enjoyable. Was a few years ago, and in the late Fall, lots of blow downs, and knee deep leaf drifts, but didn't see another person the whole time. Would have to pull out that map to give you some more information, but its a very nice area.

  5. #5
    Registered User bwb49's Avatar
    Join Date
    11-16-2007
    Location
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age
    71
    Posts
    95

    Default

    Turkey Pen Road is located right at the county line for Transylvania and Henderson County on NC Hwy 280 (Boylston Hwy). If you are coming from the US 64 and US 176 intersection it is approximately 5 miles to Turkey Pen Rd. Turn left to get to the trail head.
    Turkey Pen Road.jpg

  6. #6
    Registered User Drybones's Avatar
    Join Date
    10-13-2010
    Location
    Gadsden, AL
    Age
    71
    Posts
    3,191

    Default

    The commentary in the book "Hiking the Southern Appallachians" says South Mills Creek has good fishing, I may carry an ultralight rod and make this my first backpack/fishing trip and just stay in a spot until the fish stop biting and then move on.

  7. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    01-17-2013
    Location
    Columbia, SC
    Age
    40
    Posts
    85

    Default

    I have hiked some of the South Mills River from Turkey Pen and around Pink Beds. You are in for a beautiful hike. There will be several fords on the South Mills and some really good campsites. I haven't fished it but it looks like it would be good fishing. This is a trail I hope to do again in the near future. If you want a good meal when you get off the trail, I'd recommend either the Pisgah fish camp or the huge Chinese buffet near the entrance to Pisgah.

  8. #8
    Peakbagger Extraordinaire The Solemates's Avatar
    Join Date
    10-30-2003
    Location
    Appalachian Ohio
    Posts
    4,382

    Default

    Haven't hiked in this area in probably 15 years, but back then I hiked just about every mile of trail in that area. It's beautiful. The horse trails get overused, and in times of heavy rain like we have had this year, you will be wading a lot of streams, some up to your waist, unless something has changed and they now have bridges. Have fun!
    The only thing better than mountains, is mountains where you haven't been.

    amongnature.blogspot.com

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    04-25-2011
    Location
    SLC, UT
    Age
    29
    Posts
    25

    Default

    You are right about the rhodos, all the hiking down in that area is similar to the Art Loeb's southern half (south of the Parkway). Hope you have a great hike!

  10. #10
    Registered User fwish's Avatar
    Join Date
    06-13-2010
    Location
    Clarksville, Arkansas
    Age
    71
    Posts
    28

    Default

    Many years ago I did a mountain bike trek in that area starting at Turkey Pen Gap. I would highly recommend it but of course I have absolutely no idea of the current condition of any of the trails. But back about 15 years ago it was a fantastic ride so I can imagine that it would also be a great area to backpack into and around. Lots of rhododendron thickets if I remember correctly. I have also hiked the Pink Beds and found it to be very enjoyable as well especially when they were all in bloom.

  11. #11

    Default

    white squirrels nuff said

++ New Posts ++

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •