Turkey Hill Trail

HARD 58 reviews

Turkey Hill Trail is a 12.3 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.

DISTANCE
12.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rails trails

walking

forest

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?

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

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27 days 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.

1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago