Cantrell Creek to Squirrel Gap


Approximately 13 miles
2.5+ hours

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.

•From Turkey Pen parking lot, head to the left of
the trail kiosk
•Make a left over the swinging bridge
•Left on S Mills River Trail
•Continue on S Mills River Trail
•You will cross two swinging bridges as you make
your way to Cantrell Creek. When you see the old
chimney after the log crossing, make your way
left past the chimney uphill following the creek
•Continue on Cantrell Creek
•Right onto Squirrel Gap
•Stay straight onto Mullinax Trail
•Left onto S Mills River Trail
•Cross the swinging bridge again
•Right after bridge, climb back up the hill to the
parking lot


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