Shut-In Trail

Shut-In Trail (#345)


"Vanderbilt's Road to Pisgah"


Trailhead GPS Coordinates:

Buck Spring Gap:  35.415338, -82.748414

Elk Pasture Gap:  35.434182, -82.730157

Mills River Valley Overlook:  35.442845, -82.719884

Glady Fork Gap:  35.450532, -82.709161

Stony Bald Overlook:  35.453971, -82.693658

Beaverdam Gap:  35.453827, -82.680213

Bent Creek Gap:  35.452756, -82.659450

Sleepy Gap:  35.465821, -82.629313

Forest Service Road 480:  35.482258, -82.602338

BRP @ French Broad River:  35.499665, -82.593406


Album Direction-Of-Travel:  Eastbound


Highlights:  Long-distance Views, Blue Ridge Parkway


Length (one-way):  17.6 miles

Petzoldt Rating:  21.20 (W to E);  26.80 (E to W)

Difficulty:  HARD

Total Elevation Gain:  1,800' (W to E);   4,600' (E to W)

Elevation Gain/Mile:  97'/mile (W to E);   247'/mile (E to W)

Min. Elevation:   2,030'

Max. Elevation:  5,285'

Blaze Color:  WHITE


See Following Trip Reports for more info:

Bent Creek - Sleepy Gap/Chestnut Cove Loop

MST - Bent Creek Gap to French Broad River

MST - Pisgah Inn to Bent Creek Gap


Connecting Trails:

Bad Fork Trail (#323)

Mountains-to-Sea (#440) -- Coincides for entire length

Sleepy Gap Trail (#339)


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