13.5 miles
2,192 ft
-2,047 ft
3,494 ft
High Point

Cantrell Creek Turkey Pen Parking

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Cantrell Turkey Pen Parking is a 13 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Mills River North Carolina. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 1 trails. This route climbs 2,192 ft with a max elevation of 3,494 ft then descends -2,047 ft.
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4 Reviews & Comments

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Mtn-Goat-13 (Oct 12, 2022 at 16:06)
Agreed w/ blowmyfuse: pure vanilla and Ill add its the new standard sidewalk-on-the-sideslope, dopey, ill-planned and saltless saltines of a trail that is a must-avoid for shredding and is probably new-money for the noobs. Sad to see this but it seems to be the new Pisgah normal… its a trail but only that and surely better for erosion control but man… white bread at its finest. There are few trails I despise and avoid but - this ones at the top of the list now.
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blowmyfuse (Apr 28, 2020 at 9:31)
Stark contrast to the raw, thin and magical trail that is Squirrel Gap. Would recommend trying this trail in both directions as you see which way you like to ride Squirrel Gap. It's a mundane, very wide, sandy and red clay pedal that goes across the pitch. Typical vanilla trail builder stuff. No real features and a 5 year old can ride it on a Strider except maybe the rock armouring in the creek beds.
Again, only reason to ride this trail is to get to Squirrel. Lacks any character & is super wide.
Completely understand why it had to be re-routed, but if you've ridden anything like Weedpatch Mountain, you know this is a rushed, bulldozed re-route. Is more of an ATV trail than a true Pisgah jewel.
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tonylapy (Oct 18, 2016 at 13:41)
This is a creekbed that thinks it's a trail. With some work, could be a fun way back to S. Mills river. Got caught up on Squirrel in a vicious thunderstorm, so took this trail down. Could not tell if it was a creekbed or trail, water was six inches deep all the way down to S. Mills river.
  • + 4
abovejl (Nov 12, 2019 at 15:32)
Old trail is decommissioned. New trail is free from obstructions and water. It follows a ridge above the old trail and still connects to squirrel and s. mills. Built as a sustainable trail with flow and very little rocks compared to the resat of riding in the area.

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More Stats for Cantrell Turkey Pen Parking mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    145 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,297 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,631 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,776 ft
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  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,886 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Cantrell Creek Trail
Oct 17, 2022 @ 11:35am
Oct 17, 2022
Four of the 5 trees have been cleared....thanks for your hard work. One new very large tree is a work in progress.
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