Turkeypen Ridge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 1,834 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,612 feet. The Turkeypen Ridge can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Dosey Gap saddle.
Turkeypen Ridge Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This hike does not offer anything remarkable as far as Smokies scenery goes, but they are unique in that they are moderate-length loop hikes that are easily accessible. That’s a relatively rare thing in the park, and consequently these hikes are very popular choices. The 1.1-mile section of this hike on Schoolhouse Gap Trail, from Dorsey Gap to Laurel Creek Road, is very popular, especially in the spring. Begin hiking on Turkeypen Ridge Trail on the north side of the road. In spring you’ll pass large patches of squawroot near the start of the hike. Squawroot is bear food in early spring, being one of the few edibles available for them at this time."
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
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