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A relatively level trail from Laurel Creek Road to Schoolhouse Gap Trail along Turkeypen Ridge.

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2,093' 638 m


1,722' 525 m


582' 177 m


598' 182 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (8°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Wildflowers

Closed when the Laurel Creek Road is closed from the Townsend Y to Cades Cove. For park road conditions, information can be found at twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps or by calling (865) 436-1200 and dialing extension 2, 2.


The trailhead is located on the Laurel Creek Road on the way to Cades Cove, 5.6 miles from the Townsend "Y." Parking is on both sides of the road, with the trailhead being on the west side of the road.

You leave the trailhead and within .25 miles, you cross Crib Gap Trail and continue straight ahead. You'll pass the remains of an old homesite on your left as you cross a branch of Laurel Creek. You then begin climbing up to a gap, passing old fields of an area known as Big Spring Cove. Once you pass through a gap in the mountains, the trail levels out and starts following the ridge. Like most trails that follow ridges in the Smokies, the trail moves around the dry flanks and then enters the cooler, moist hollows closer to the mountain. This allows the hiker to enjoy various environs of the mountains.

You'll cross Pinkroot Branch at about 1.75 miles as you make your way toward Schoolhouse Gap Trail. Wildflowers can be seen throughout the trail, with flame azaleas, galax, trillium, and crested dwarf iris being present just off the trail. The last .75 miles of the trail descends to Dorsey Gap where the trail meets Schoolhouse Gap Trail. The forest changes from pine and oak to that of rhododendron, mountain laurel, and other hardwood.

Once you've reached the end of the trail, you can return to your car via the path you came, or continue left to Schoolhouse Gap or head right and follow the Schoolhouse Gap Trail back to Laurel Creek Road.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of wildflowers can be seen along this trail, especially in the cool, moist areas of the trail that lie in the hollows of the mountains. Flame azaleas, rhododendron, mountain laurel, galax, wood vetch, trillium, crusted dwarf iris, pinkroot, and others can be seen throughout the woods.

Deers, bears, and other animals can be seen along the trail.


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David Hitchcock

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Obscured views of the Smokies Crest from the trail.
Feb 6, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
The trail moves through tall trees between Laurel Creek Road and Crib Gap Trail.
Feb 6, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
The daffodils are usually seen around old homesites. Here, the trail opens up where old farms and homesites once existed.
Feb 6, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
The trail crosses a branch of Laurel Creek via a log or rock hop.
Feb 6, 2016 near Wildwood, TN
Looking down from the trail into the bottomland. This may have been cleared farmland at one point.
Feb 6, 2016 near Wildwood, TN
Turkeypen Ridge meets Schoolhouse Gap Trail at Dorsey Gap.
Feb 6, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN



Current Trail Conditions

All Clear 25 days ago
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May 23, 2024
Marina Odintsova
Nice wild flowers and deer on trail. 2mi — 2h 00m
Apr 25, 2023
Katlyn Gettelfinger
Apr 25, 2023
Alex Gettelfinger
Nov 28, 2022
Zack Henderson
Dec 15, 2018
Kevin O'Toole
Split off at Schoolhouse Gap
Jan 20, 2018
Brian Carpenter
From Finley Cane to Schoolhouse Gap 3.7mi
Nov 4, 2017
Shawnee Reller
May 27, 2017
Mary Bogart
Started on Schoolhouse Gap Trail and finished on Finley Creek trail for a total of 5 miles 3.7mi

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