Turkey Pen Loop

Pisgah Forest, North Carolina 28768

Turkey Pen Loop

Turkey Pen Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike will take you through the heart of Turkey Pen in Pisgah National Forest. The route begins by contouring the banks of the South Mills River. After 1.2 miles you will be faced with a chilly, adventurous, adult knee-level river ford. Continuing on with wet feet, you will travel on rolling terrain through a peaceful hardwood forest.

Near the end of the hike, the trail will descend to the South Mills River, and you will need to cross the rushing water once again. This time, however, a suspension bridge spares you another river ford and by the time you return to the trailhead, you will have a smile on your face, lots of pictures on your camera, and maybe even dry feet!

This hike includes a river ford and should not be attempted by those uncomfortable in water or unable to swim. In normal conditions the water depth will not exceed 2 feet, but water levels and current can vary."

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Trail Information

Pisgah Forest
Nearby City
402 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Free and always open
2,378 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,780 feet
Top Elevation
Pisgah National Forest: 828-257-4200, www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc
Local Contacts
National Geographic #780 Pisgah Ranger District, USGS Pisgah National Forest
Local Maps

Trail Log