Mills River Valley Overlook -- 4,085'

Shut-In Trail (#345)

"Mr. Vanderbilt's Road"


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)