Turkey Hill Trail

History

Susquehannock Indians lived in the vicinity of the trail, and climbed and hunted along it.

Established in 1990, the trail was extended several times before reaching its present-day length. A further extension is planned.

Sunset over the river

Sunset over the river

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Land Management

The trail is on a long-term easement to the Conservancy, granted by the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority and Norfolk Southern Railroad.

What to See & Do
Flora

Spectacular vistas and secluded paths through a deciduous forest. The world’s largest paw paw (Asimina triloba) patch north of the 39th Latitude is along the northern trailhead. Pawpaws have very large elliptical leaves, and short banana-like fruit ripest when black-smudged following a frost. Sassafras trees add yellow, orange, or pink fall color. The trail next enters a grove of oak, maple, and sweet birch. At 25 minutes into the walk, start a 15 minute climb up Turkey Hill in a series of very narrow switchbacks, to panoramic vistas of the Susquehanna River. The white sails of regattas on Lake Clarke can be seen on summer weekends.

Paw Paw understory

Paw Paw understory

Along the summit, the trail splits. Follow the grassy left fork south along a fence line for 20 minutes to a sharp right back into an open forest of large trees, mountain laurel, and scattered rocks.  After 5 minutes, a short side trail leads to an excellent vista above a sharp precipice.  To the northwest are the Conejohela Flats, a resting area for migratory waterfowl.  After another stand of pawpaw, the trail descends through hemlocks to Mann’s Run. A slow ascent follows yellow markers through open woods.  Beyond the run, turn sharp right and follow a fence to the hilltop, then a grass trail for 20 minutes to southern trailhead.

Fauna

At the trail summit, look for birds circling on updrafts, including black and turkey vultures, ospreys, hawks, bald eagles, and herons, egrets, gulls, geese, and swans.

Seasonal Info

Fall: Pawpaw and fall foliage

Hunting Regulations
Turkey Hill Trail Preserve is a designated “Archery Only” hunting area.
It is unlawful to discharge a rifle or single projectile firearm at this preserve.
Violators will be charged as defiant trespassers. PA. C.S. 18 SS 3503(b)
Hunters attempting to recover wildlife are not permitted to enter private property without permission.

Directions

River Road, Manor Township.
Northern Trailhead: From Lancaster, follow PA 999 west to River Road in Washington Boro. Left (southeast) 1.5 miles to Conservancy sign at entrance to the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail. Parking lot on left.

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