Turkey Hill Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Washington Boro, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 797 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

partially paved

rails trails

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

Beginning at the Enola Gay Low Grade Rail Trail, the trail offers spectacular vistas and secluded paths through a deciduous forest. At the top of the hill are the two Turkey Hill Dairy Windmills as well as an observation deck providing a scenic vista of the Susquehanna River. The Turkey Hill Trail above the Susquehanna River, one of the most eclectic hiking trails in Lancaster County, is evolving again. Where else can you pass through the largest pawpaw patch north of the 39th latitude, stand near the base of two giant wind turbines, see the most important migration stop for shorebirds in Pennsylvania, watch a landfill in action and admire one of the most sweeping views of the river at the same spot where America's architect for the U.S. Capitol painted the vista in 1802?

hiking
4 days ago

Awesome trail!! The diversity of ups and downs and covered and open while remaining challenging was perfect!

hiking
4 days ago

A favorite so far. Some great inclines. They aren’t kidding about the lack of shade at the flat stretch at the end, but a fantastic hike overall. Lots of different landscapes to enjoy!

hiking
11 days ago

Love this trail and how quiet it is! Nice and easy for our dogs so we can go further without them being worn out!

11 days ago

We enjoyed this hike. It was a bit confusing through the Chestnut Grove and Wetlands. Not much shade on the rail trail portion and in the Chestnut Grove. Narrow and rocky areas on the side of mountain made it difficult to get off the trails with the dogs to let others pass.

hiking
12 days ago

A nice trail with a decent mix of water, inclines, and scenic views. Very popular spot so tends to be heavily trafficked.

hiking
12 days ago

great trail wasn't quite ready for the uphill but it was worth it can't wait to get back

hiking
muddy
private property
scramble
17 days ago

An awesome day hike with varied scenery. When I do it again I’m gonna do it counter clockwise because as others have said; the last two miles are on the flat rail trail and I’d rather get that out of the way first, plus if doing it clockwise: that ascent to the vista by the windmills succcccckkksss. Besides the vista; the real treat is when it opens up into the Chestnut Grove wildlife area, the meadows, ponds, and wetlands are beautiful. Tons of different bird species out and about so I recommend bringing some powerful Binoc’s if you’re into that sort of thing. Wear waterproof boots as you will need to cross water. Just be cognizant of the private property signs along the way.

hiking
17 days ago

This is a nice trail with a decent incline at the beginning. From there the trail goes through woods, meadows, pond and river views until you get back to enola low grade which is a pleasant walk along the river. Well marked and well maintained I would give this trail 4 1/2 stars if I could. This trail; is also great for viewing wildlife, especially birds.

hiking
21 days ago

Pretty fun trail, very flat for the first 3 or so miles and then it gets fun!

hiking
rocky
22 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Love this trail! So much to see. A great pairing of hiking through the woods and ending with a flat trail.

hiking
26 days ago

Nice trail. We got a little mixed up when we reached a field and took the wrong path. Dumb error on our part. Had some nice scenery. I liked the first two miles the most as there were some nice inclines and sights. On the way back you’re on the bike trail which is a bit boring (about 1.5 mile). We enjoyed seeing the snakes. I think we saw about 7 during the last mile. They were on the rock cliffs. Definitely will hit this trail again in the future.

walking
1 month ago

Great hike! Very up and down, narrow, exciting and beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Great uphill w views of the river the entire trip. Our kids 9 & 11 enjoyed the hike and the pair of bald eagles flying at the top! 1 late tree down across the trail after today’s heavy storm.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with lots of spots for views of the river! However, the rating of moderate might be a little liberal because this has some more advanced areas especially for younger kids with narrow, steep grades.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, steeper then what I was expecting but good challenge. Brought my dog and she enjoyed it

hiking
1 month ago

This was a nice hike. It is longer than 6 miles, my tracker said closer to 8, my husband’s said 7.5. We loved all the spots to see the water abs especially the creek crossing.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice trail! Saw a few small waterfalls. One creek crossing that you'll get your feet wet if it's trained recently.

hiking
2 months ago

Only 1.5 miles were in the woods and “moderate” the rest is paved meadow or crushed stone path

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Pleasant on sunny day. . .But you always feel the presence of mankind and industry

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty views of the Susquehanna River especially now that the leaves have all fallen. Good birds- saw a sand hill crane , some ravens, and tundra swans most notably.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
blowdown
over grown
rocky
7 months ago

Nice newer trail, being downwind of the dump is the only negative. Overlook view is outstanding for PA. Saw a white woman digging up and taking native plants illegally (shaking head in disgust). She’s lucky I didn’t

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