The Transylvania Times -

South Mills River, Cantrell Creek, Squirrel Gap

Series: Bike Transylvania | Story 13

This ride gives a brief history lesson and offers a glimpse of what Pisgah was like when it was still a private holding of the Vanderbilt family. An old chimney remains from one of Vanderbilt's old hunting lodges; the lodge was dismantled and reconstructed at the Cradle of Forestry years ago, and is open for visitation. Past the lodge, the climb up Cantrell Creek crosses a few streams, and once you reach Squirrel Gap trail you ride the ridgeline back down to the river. About a three-hour ride at medium difficulty, this ride in the heart of Pisgah will show you what it's all about.


•Leaves from Turkey Pen Trailhead parking lot

•Down through the gate and across the swinging


•Left onto South Mills River trail

•Continue on South Mills River

•You will cross two swinging bridges as you make

your way to Cantrell Creek. You will see an old

chimney after a log crossing; make your way left

past the chimney uphill following the creek

•Continue on Cantrell Creek trail

•Right onto Squirrel Gap

•Stay straight on Mullinax

•Left onto 133 South Mills River

•Cross the swinging bridge again

•Back up the hill to the parking lot

•Arrive at Finish

•Approximately 12.5 miles


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