Summary: The trail starts in the C1 parking area and heads down to the Potomac River. The markers are yellow until you reach the river where you follow blue markers of the Potomac Heritage trail to the northwest along the river. You cross over Turkey Run and continue to Dead Run. Cross over Dead Run and go up stream, following the yellow markers again. Just after passing under the GW parkway bridge, turn left, cross the run and follow the yellow markers southeast until you reach Turkey Run again. Turn left and at the bridge cross over the run and follow the yellow trail up the hill and back to the parking lot.
Trailhead: Trail starts at the C1 parking lot in Turkey Run park on the George Washington Parkway, about 1.5 miles southeast of the DC beltway. (Lat:38.57854 Lon:-77.09189)
Trail Guides for Turkey Run Loop:
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Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: GW Memorial Parkway Police 703.289.2500
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Keith Ferguson, who has posted 10 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by MAM on 11/10/2013
The reivew by KWilliams on 11/9/2009 is pretty accurate (minus the infant for us). The yellow marker were hard to find in a few spots, and fairly non-existant along the start of Dead Run. You had to pay good attention once you get across the GWPkwy, because it seems like a few other trails crossed it and if you're not careful you'll end up somewhere else. There was also a rather steep ravine that we ended up basically sliding down. Good hiking boots are a must!
Reviewed by KJ on 7/9/2013
Went there today since I had never been and I'm always on the lookout for a pleasant, not-too-strenuous place to take a nature walk and maybe see some animals. Every parking lot had one or two cars with creepy single men sitting in them. I thought they were probably gay guys looking for anonymous sex, but you never know - they could be rapists looking for someone like me. I have no problem with gays at all but I do have a problem with anybody who ruins a perfectly nice family spot by using it as a casual sex meetup point. Spring for a hotel, cheapskates, and leave the parks to the nature lovers!!
Reviewed by Jen on 10/25/2012
most of these woods are pretty free of invasive plans, which is nice! as a single female hiker, i can see that the cruisers might seem creepy, but remember -they're gay -so they've got no interest in ya and don't worry about 'em!
Reviewed by AD on 11/15/2010
On Sunday, 11/14, hiked there nearing dusk. Were many families and couples. But, also did notice several single men kind of creeping around. Could have just been solo hikers but also kind of suspicious.
Reviewed by Penny on 8/7/2010
Stopped here to take the dog for a stroll on the way home. Immediately we noticed several single men loitering around the parking lot. We decided to brave it and started walking the trail down to the river. But, ended up turning around after approaching two males embracing up ahead of us. GAH!!! Won't be back. This place isn't family friendly.
Reviewed by d on 7/3/2010
Stumbled upon two men rolling in the bushes when walking with my son. I noticed a lot of single men hanging out in the parking lot eyeballing every new car that comes in. The area is used by homosexuals to have anonymous gay sex in the porta-potties. Will never come back here. I was pretty depressed afterwards.
Reviewed by KWilliams on 11/9/2009
Had a great fall hike here with our infant in a backpack. Really quite nice, no people, a fun scramble up Dead Run and routefinding through the leaves on the Yellow trail on the S side of the GW Parkway (with no traffic on the trail the leaves were 6" deep!). Some notes: 1. The PHT is now green blazed, not blue 2. Dead Run is a real scramble over boulders on the riverbed (fun but probably more difficult than the Billy Goat but only for a few hundred meters) 3. Crossing Dead Run with water flowing might be tough to do while keeping your feet dry (fine with boots) 4. We couldn't find the "yellow trail up the hill and back to the parking lot" after the GW bridge. Ended up back on the last .25 miles of the entry trail.
Reviewed by Jimbo on 8/28/2009
Turkey Run is an OK hike along the Potomac - part of the Potomac Heritage Trail. The PHT further north from Scott's Run through Great Falls Nat'l Park and up to Riverbend is much nicer, but much busier. I tried doing some trail running along Turkey Run Loop, but the trail is a little too rocky and narrow at points where you have to slow down. The other posters are correct - beware of the creepy men lurking in the parking lots at Turkey Run Park - this is a well known place for gay cruising and the police haven't done a great job controlling it.
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