South Mills River Trail

3.00 out of 5
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↑ 700 ft
↓ 1,800 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
This is an easy out-and-back trail that follows the South Fork Mills River with several swinging bridge crossings that leads to the site of the old Cantrell Lodge. From the trail head, the left side trail down to the river is steep and technical.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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  Glen Pittman   on Aug 13, 2017
  Alex King   on May 27, 2017
  GSwayze   on Apr 9, 2017
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Reviews (4)


August 14, 2016
oohoo Gramcounter  
Review: Overgrown to the point where it is unrideable past the 2nd bridge. Trees down every 100 yds. You will only make the mistake of taking this route once in your life. bushwacking, climbing over 50 downed trees and doing 10 river crossing is not enjoyable.

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April 26, 2015
man.cave Gramcounter  
Review: This trail is fine from turkey pen to the Castrail trail head but from there to Squirrel Gap is grown over big time not to mention 10 crossings of the South Mill River. some were knee deep others were waist deep. The trails had brush on boths sides touching thus leaving you with hundreds of light scratches on legs and hands. I wish somebody had told me and my friend, we would have rode something else. that 4 mile section took us 3.5 hrs to get through due to the condition of the trail.

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May 19, 2014
mtndew24 Trailblazer  
Review: Very flat and smooth which is something you don't get a lot at Pisgah. Due to it not being technical it was one of the fastest sections during the Pisgah 55.5k. Also the river that runs parallel adds to the nice scenery but avoid the section between cantrell creek and squirrel gap it is very overgrown.

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October 17, 2012
Review: Along with Pink Beds, one of the easier trails I have ridden in Pisgah. It follows the river and feeder creeks along its majority, except for a short section that allows it to link up with the northern end of the Buckhorn Gap trail. Get used to getting your feet wet as this one crosses water a LOT. Some of the crossings are suspension bridges while others are simply shallow fords. There is a pretty nice camp site not far from the western intersection of the South Mills River and Squirrel Gap trails that would be a great spot to stop on an overnight bikepacking trip. The total length is 12 miles from the western end at FS 476 to the eastern end, which is very close to the Turkeypen trailhead and parking area. Keep an eye out for hikers and horses since this is a multiuse trail.

* Review edited 10/18/2012

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South Mills River Trail MTB Trail 3.00 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.
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