Turkey Hill Trail

HARD 82 reviews

Turkey Hill Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Washington Boro, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.0 miles
784 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips



rails trails



wild flowers



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?

2 hours ago

It’s a nice trail, mostly shaded. Only hiked in about a mile. Watch out for ground hornets on the trail probably around 1/3 of a mile in. We got stung and it still hurts 2 days later.

17 days ago

This trail is not terribly difficult, but if you do the entire loop, it is long and you climb a lot of hills. The overlook is gorgeous. There is a point when the trail merges with another (Chestnut Grove, I believe) and you end up walking through a really beautiful field full of wild flowers! My only complaint, and it's not that bad, the trail is really close to the dump and it smells kind of bad. I would also suggest having a stick or something to be able to knock down the spider webs. trail is a little over grown at some points.

1 month ago

Hiked the whole trail, with the last 2.5 miles on the low grade. Has to be marked better as I had to refer to the app to find locations. Only one outstanding view, at Turkey Hill.

1 month ago

We only went to the overlook. Nice hike. Don’t go in June. Too many spiders.

3 months ago

I just did the quick 2.5 mile out and back not the whole 6 mile loop, the view is really nice and you get a quick history lesson right on top, I would recommend the 2 mile out and back for children, not too hard

5 months ago

Disappointing. The first couple of miles border the a landfill separated from the trail by chain link fencing. A couple of pretty spots toward the end of the trail. The walk back along the rail-trail in only OK. There are much better choices nearby.

10 months ago

Not too hard, but, scenic river view. Well guarded with fences.

11 months ago

This is a 6 mile loop, not a 12 mile out & back. Follow the blue trail markers. It starts on the Turkey Hill trail and ends with approximately 2.5 miles on the Enola Low Grade rail trail. Or in reverse if you want to do the easy portion first. Decent views of the river but nothing breathtaking. Some parts of the trail are overgrown and it can be slippery as well. There are two water crossings but can be done so on rocks to keep your feet dry.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Note: the map appears to have been corrected, at least as of July 2018.


The map and description of this trail are misleading. The All Trails map shows part of the Enola Low Grade out and back trail. That particular trail is flat and is bike and kid friendly. The Turkey Hill trail is actually a 6.5 mile loop that uses the Enola Low Grade trail only as the back half of the return loop. The first half of the trail is rated difficult as it experiences some steep and rocky elevation changes. The loop trail also shares part of the Chestnut Grove nature area trails before connecting to the Enola Low Grade. The Turkey Hill loop trail is not able to be biked and is not appropriate for small children.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

We were expecting the trail to be mostly in the woods, but we followed Turkey Hill trail for about three miles then ended up on the rail trail. Not really my preference, but it was a good experience and we saw some turkeys! Better for bikers than hikers. Probably won't go back

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Not sure if this was a good choice for a trail run. Kind of technical at times and I had to power hike some of the hills. The heat was just too much. Some of the markings are a bit vague. Still nice for some elevation here in Lancaster County.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Was a great trail with great views. very steep at points but well worth it. And yes there was a wild turkey at the top of Turkey Hill inside the fence.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Would get 5 stars but we took home 10 ticks!

Monday, May 08, 2017

Not well marked at some parts. Bring a map. Otherwise great hike with excellent views.

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Saturday, March 11, 2017

I enjoyed this trail(s). The Turkey Hill Trail begins at the Enola Low Grade Trail at the base of Turkey Hill, and at its end intersects again with it to create a loop hike. The TH trail is predominantly narrow, occasionally steep path that weaves along the ridge overlooking the river. The Enola Low Grade is a stone dust rail trail that CV continues much further than the TH trail does, and is very popular for all ages, runners, bikers, walkers, etc.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Okay. The chain link fence along the river side of the trail seriously detracts from the scenery.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Fantastic trail full of great views!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This was my first trail after saying "I want to start hiking". I really liked it. It was nice you have the option to go back on the trail or choose the flat track for the way back. I plan on going back with my 13 and 9 yr old.

Friday, July 29, 2016

A lot of people do not realize that the Turkey Hill Trail is different than the Rails-to-Trails flat track. This is very steep and narrow but crosses a small waterfall and leads to a beautiful overlook of the Susquehanna River near the Turkey Hill windmills. Coming back downhill, hikers need to be cautious not to slide. The narrow trail has a very steep fall-off so watch your footing both ways.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nice flat walking trail
Not much to see other then water

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Great hike for younger kids. Took about 1.5 hours to get to the top and back with my family.

Monday, July 27, 2015

This trail has the largest stand of Paw Paw trees in the world north of Maryland.. Beautiful area!

Friday, July 03, 2015

Smooth walk and dog friendly.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Great hike with exception of the occasional landfill smell. Excellent views of the Susquehanna!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Good hike. Steady incline the whole way but nothing too bad for anyone in decent shape. The vista at the top is really beautiful.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Nice steady climb. The trail is partially washed out a few places but the view from the overlook is well worth the climb.

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