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Yellow Gap & N. Mills River

YELLOW GAP TRAIL AND N. MILLS RIVER TRAIL

By:  Tom Thomas, Trail Boss Pisgah Trailblazers

Pisgah National ForestNorth Carolina

February 13, 2004

 

Here is my 8th trail information and update: Trace Ridge Length:  3.1 miles 5km one-way.  N. Mills River Trail 1.3 miles, 1 km.  Total 4.4 miles, 6 km.

 

RECOMMENDED SEASON:  YEAR ROUND

 

PARKING TRAILERS:  From Pisgah Ranger Station proceeds 3.2 miles south on US 276 to NC 280.  Turn left on NC 280, keeping on NC 280 until it joins NC 191.  Turn left on NC 280/191 (Mills River Restaurant is near by) and continue for approx. 1 mile.  Watch for Forest Service signs for North Mills River Campground, turn left at sign.  (There is a traffic light at this location.) Proceed about 5 miles to Forest Service Road.  Just before the N. Mills River Camping Area is a small paved arch on the right.  You can park two or three rigs at that point.  A little further up is Rd. #5000, a paved road up hill to the right, just before reaching North Mills River Campground.  If you continue to go straight ahead, you will find enough parking for two rigs just before a small bridge. The parking is limited at best.

** Groups can lease the Wash Creek Campground for the weekend, which will providing plenty of parking and camping space.  I believe it is $25 dollars a night, $75 for the weekend. Contact the Pisgah Ranger District at 877-3265.

 

Yellow Gap Trail

START OF TRAIL: Yellow Gap Trail starts about 300 yards up Yellow Gap Road on the right hand side, just above the N. Mills River Campground.  The start of this trail is gated and is an old logging road access from years gone by.  You will follow the old logging road about ¾ of a mile and look for Yellow Gap Trail to go off to the right.  (NOTE:  If you bear left and follow the old logging road it will dead end about 3.9 miles ahead.  It is a nice ride.)  * Back to Yellow Gap Trail. After you bear right off the old logging road portion of Yellow Gap Trail you will follow along a hardwood ridge and go down hill till you junction with N. Mills River Trail.  You have two directions to go at this time because you are basically in the middle of N.Mills River Trail.

*Going Right *

 If you go right on N.Mills River Trail you will get to the junction of Trace Ridge Trail.  From that junction you can bare right and go back to your vehicle and Yellow Gap Road or you can ride up Trace Ridge.

*Going Left *

 If you go left on N. Mills River Trail you will end up on the road to the Old Hendersonville Watershed.  If you go left on that road you will come to Fletch Creek Trail and if you go right it junctions with Trace Ridge Trail.

 

 

Special note: (At the junction of Trace Ridge Trail and the gravel road, you can follow the gravel road to the right for about ¼ mile, it will take you to Forest Road 5000.  You will know you are there when you cross a concrete bridge. (Good place to water horses). Make a right at this point and you will have a 4 mile ride back to Yellow Gap Road and your horse trailer) Most of FR 5000 is gravel but the last ¾ of a mile is paved.

 

 

 

GOOD RIDING, WEAR A HELMET, CARRY A FIRST AID KIT, PACK A LUNCH AND KEEP ALL FOUR HO0VES ON THE GROUND.  TOM

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