Turkey Run Loop
ElevationAscent: 569' 174 m
Descent: -569' -174 m
High: 295' 90 m
Low: 87' 26 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“Link three trails around Turkey Run for a moderate run across the creeks that contribute to the Quantico watershed.”— Zander Göpfert
From the Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground, this run heads clockwise on the Turkey Run Ridge Trail, South Valley Trail, and High Meadows Trail, with a final connection on the Little Run Loop Trail. It's open year-round, which allows visitors to experience the surrounding woodlands in very different conditions, with the winter months often being the quietest and less frequently visited. Trail conditions can also change dramatically with the amount of water that is present causing icy or muddy tread.
As all trails in Prince William Park can be traveled in either direction, this loop can be done in reverse or shortened to accommodate groups of varying abilities or ages.
Head west along the flat, snaking creek with a few waterfalls around the 2.5-mile mark. Staying straight across Scenic Drive, follow the South Valley Trail as it bends to the west across Taylor Farm Road onto a section of boardwalk. To shorten the loop, follow Taylor Farm Road to the north and it will intersect the High Meadows Trail, which heads east toward the Little Run Loop Trail and Turkey Run parking area.
After the South Valley Trail boardwalk, cross Scenic Drive another time to follow the creek west. This next section is the most secluded as it departs from the road toward the western boundary of the park. At the next intersection, turn right (east) onto High Meadows Trail for the last road crossing of the Scenic Drive and a visit to the Taylor Farm Site. While not much is known about the Taylors, the graveyard and building foundations they left behind help visitors to visualize the once vibrant farming community in this area.
At the next intersection, take the Little Run Loop Trail in either direction (clockwise - shorter, counter clockwise - longer) back to the starting point.
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