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Blue Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.8 mile 2.9 kilometer point to point
97% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 134' 41 m
Descent: -134' -41 m
High: 225' 69 m
Low: 133' 41 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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Trail shared by Stephanie Vargas

A tranquil 2-mile loop through a nature preserve with plenty of birds and chipmunks.

Stephanie Vargas

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

A free, decent-sized gravel parking lot with one porta-potty.

Runner Notes

Mostly compounded soil with smaller rocks and tree roots though there are a few large tree trunks on the trail as well as muddy/swampy areas that require using logs or rocks to cross.

Description

Turkey Hill is a nature preserve with one trail (blue) that is a 2-mile loop. The trail is well marked and maintained so it's easy to run around and not worry about where you are going or if you are on the trail. While running through the park, I saw plenty of birds, chipmunks, and wildflowers, though sadly no turkeys. The trail starts off pretty flat and then has a few hills throughout. There are a couple of swamps/ponds in the preserve which attracts lots of mosquitos so bring the insect repellant.

Flora & Fauna

The preserve is home to many species of songbirds, chipmunks, frogs, owls. Town of Orange lists an "abundance of deer and wild turkey." I did not see them on my run, but they could still be around.

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Shrubs along the Blue Trail at Turkey Hill Preserve.
Sep 18, 2019 near Orange, CT
White flowers along the Turkey Hill Preserve Blue Trail.
Sep 18, 2019 near Orange, CT

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