Turkey Run Park and Rock Scramble with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 4 Miles
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Turkey Run Park Hike with Rock Scramble: An Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 4 Miles with and Optional Post Hike Meal!
Turkey Run Park is in Virginia on the George Washington Memorial Parkway near I‑495.
Turkey Run park has a number of wooded and riverside trails. Turkey Run Park preserves a vertical slice of the Potomac Gorge ecosystem. A unique combination of flora and fauna makes a home in the park's riverbanks, flood terraces, upland forest, streams, and underground seeps. There is also a variety of fauna that lives along and in the river. You may see beaver, cormorants, and a variety of water birds. Trails in Turkey Run Park cross through several of the distinct habitats that make up the Potomac Gorge ecosystem. The Potomac Heritage Trail (http://www.nps.gov/pohe/planyourvisit/index.htm) also runs through the park. Along our route is a fun rock scramble and two minor stream crossings that you cross using rocks, and of course, a helping hand is always offered.
Wildlife sightings change with the seasons. Wildflowers bloom and warblers migrate through the park each spring and you can expect to see many showy and rare flowers such as Bloodroot, trout Lily, Dutchman's Breaches, and Virginia Bluebells (lots of Virginia Bluebells in season). Woodpeckers call loudly all summer from a thick, leafy canopy. Fall colors paint the park's hardwood trees red and yellow. Occasional snowfalls in winter reveal the comings and goings of many small mammals.
This is a great way to step up your hiking to strenuous from moderate hiking because the terrain is tougher than a moderate hike but only a distance of 4 miles. Work on building your hiking legs while enjoying a rock scramble to boot. This would be rated a moderate hike other than the rock scramble and stream crossings using rocks, which earns it a very moderate or easy side of strenuous depending on your level of fitness.
Nearby City: McLean
Length: 4 total miles
Trail surface: Rocks and Tree Roots and the trails can be muddy if it has rained.
Gain: 400 ft
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy-Side-of-Strenuous - Good for Transitioning from Moderate to Strenuous Hiking Due to Rock Scrambling and Two Stream Crossings on Rocks
Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.
We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/USVA0485) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.
Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette.
Carpool Suggestions and Information
Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.
Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!
Optional Post Hike Meal and Camaraderie
We will have an optional hike lunch at Uncle Julio's (http://www.unclejulios.com/index.php). Click Here (http://www.unclejulios.com/menu.html) to see their menu so you can check it out in advance. Here is the address for the restaurant for your GPS or mapping software. We will caravan from the hike to the restaurant for those who do not have maps or GPS's. Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Café (http://www.unclejulios.com/index.php) 4870 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/turkey-run-park.html) to Where We Meet for This Hike.
Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Savage Station — 9:00 a.m.
Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html).
A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike but Note that Small Dogs Must Often Be Carried Over the Rock Scrambles -- Please Take the Scrambles into Consideration Before Bringing Your Dog on this Hike!
Let’s have good times out on the trails and see you there!
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