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Turkey Pen Area

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No. of Reviews: 2

A variety of long-distance technical trails originate from here. All trails are intermediate to expert level in difficulty.
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Latitude
35.346215442389365
Longitude
-82.66671180725098
Trail Directions
From I-26, take exit 9, NC280 west ~ 16 miles. When you pass a BP on the left followed shortly by an Exxon on the right, start paying attention. After NC280 hits the next crest (~ 1 mile) look for a gravel road at the bottom of the next hill on the right. (There's a sign next to the road that says "School Bus Turnaround".) Follow the road up the mountain about 1.5 miles to the parking lot.
Trail Length
12-40
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Brevard
   


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Review Date
March 25, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Elduder ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Mulinax to Squirrel Gap and back = heaven.

Recommended Route:
From Turkey Pen lot go down the hill and cross the bridge and go right to get on Mullinax. Go up Mullinax and take a sharp left to keep going up. This will eventually connect into Squirrel Gap and just keep going straight on to Squirrel Gap and the fun begins. Just take this up and back down until you come to another bridge turn around and ride back. Not too many decisions on the way but a super fun ride one of my all time favs.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Most anything in Pisgah or Dupont



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Review Date
November 3, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: marxtrain ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Two good trail systems here: Riverside and Cantrell Creek lodge. The lodge is a fairly easy, level out and back. We did it in the pouring rain, so it was very sloppy of course. Strongly suggest caution crossing the two swinging bridges if they are wet. Lots of jumps and places to catch air without risking life and limb. The most challenging part of Cantrell Creek is the return uphill to the trailhead.

Riverside is again a very easy, level trail with the only tough uphill being the ascent of Pea Gap. (And again, the return to the trailhead.) Plan on getting your knees wet on Riverside. There are 10+ river and stream crossings. Some of the river crossings are very wide, up to 60+ feet. Be very mindful of the river current also. It can be quite strong and with an aluminum bike, it will float away! On the larger river crossings, I would not recommend riding them. (One of our crew tried and he got wet up to the chin!!!) Between the rivers are mostly flat, rooty and rocky trails. Very easy to navigate as trails are well marked. Both trails in this area are awesome for beginners looking to polish their skills or intermediates looking to cool off.

Recommended Route:
280 from the airport to right on Turkey Pen. About five miles before you get to Brevard. If you cross the county line, turn around. Long single gravel (?) road to the trailhead. Take the gated road on the right thru some fun downhill. At the intersection at the bottom, Cantrell Creek Lodge to the left and Riverside to the right. On riverside, follow orange blazes uphill at the fork for a better ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Everything in Pisgah! Try Cove Creek trail at the fish hatchery off 276. Several in Wash Creek, Yellow Gap and Davidson River.



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