Squirrel Gap Trail

At A Glance


7.5 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 7.5
Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Blue
Trail Number: 147


This is a long, backcountry trail. It's purpose-built trail that doesn't follow many logging roads - a rarity in Pisgah. It's excellent - fast, technical, and fun narrow singletrack clinging to the mountainside in most places.

Intersects Mullinax, Laurel Creek, Cantrell Creek, Horse Cove Gap, and South Mills River trails, making for some great loop options.

Intersecting Trails

  • Bradley Creek
  • Cantrell Creek
  • Horse Cove Gap
  • Laurel Creek
  • Mullinax
  • Poundingmill
  • South Mills River
  • This trail is located in the Mills River area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Mills River trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Squirrel Gap - Bradley Creek to Mullinax

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.69 mi

    Squirrel Gap - Mullinax to Poundingmill

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.84 mi

    Squirrel Gap - Poundingmill to Cantrell Creek

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 2.24 mi

    Squirrel Gap - Cantrell Creek to Horse Cove Gap

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 1.5 mi

    Squirrel Gap - Horse Cove Gap to Wolf Ford

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 2.38 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 7.66 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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