Turkey Hill Nature Preserve and Turkey Hill Trail

This is a recreation managed preserve


approximately 27.057 acres (nature preserve)


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

Preserve Map

Turkey Hill Trail System Map 

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

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.


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.

Hunting Map 


Address: 2501 River Rd Conestoga, PA 17516

Enola Low Grade Rail Trail River Rd. parking area coordinates (decimal degrees): 39.96701, -76.45664
Northern Trail Head: 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.

Prevent Tick Borne Illness:

  • Wear repellent
  • Check for ticks after your visit
  • Shower soon after being outdoors
  • Call your doctor if you get a fever or rash

For more information: www.cdc.gov/lyme

Emergency Information 

In case of emergency, call 911

Nearest Hospital: UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster – 10 miles

250 College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

Additional Resources:

Blue Rock Fire Rescue, non-emergency number: (717) 684-8287

Manor Township Police Department, non-emergency number: (717) 299-5231

Preserve Map

Turkey Hill Trail System Map 

  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers
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