Turkey Hill Trail/Low-Grade Hi-Lo Loop
ElevationAscent: 550' 168 m
Descent: -549' -167 m
High: 586' 179 m
Low: 254' 77 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A hillside loop on the Turkey Hill Trail with a return on the rail-trail along the scenic Susquehanna River.”— Justin Evans
As the trail enters the woods, it dips to Mann's Run (crossing is on rocks) and ascends again, steeply, to follow the top of the ridge as it parallels the river. To the east, the trail borders the LCSWMA landfill and affords interesting views of it and the two windmills on Turkey Point. As one emerges from the trees, runners may choose to head out across the lawn to the windmills and a scenic overlook with interpretive signage.
If you forego the windmills and overlook, a sign directs you back into the trees to your left. This relatively short steep trail leads to the parking area for the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail. Runners may then proceed along the Rail Trail for approximately 2.5 miles. This section of the Low Grade line is packed gravel with wonderful views of the Susquehanna River (technically Lake Clarke here) and the river cliffs.
A short connector trail that heads up the slope is marked, but with less-than-obvious signage. If you pass the small picnic shelter and bathroom, you've gone just a shade too far. The connector trail leads to the southern side of Chestnut Grove Natural Area. Turn left at the intersection at the top of the ridge - you'll leave the trees again, too - and proceed up a moderate slope to return to the large pond. A right turn at the first intersection, onto a gravel road, will return you to the southern parking area.