Turkey Run Park Trail Guide: Chinkapin Trail
The Chinkapin Trail is a 2.1 mile end-to-end hiking trail located in Turkey Run Park. To get to the trailhead, we recommend parking at the Sky Meadow Parking Lot and walking 1.2 miles out the Paw Paw Trail to the trailhead. You can also reach the trailhead from the Silo Center Parking Lot.
The trail has many interesting features: spring wildflowers, fine, mature hardwoods and cedars, creekside hiking and junctions with the Paw Paw Trail and Hickory Trail, unofficially, the Wild Hyacinth Trail. One challenge for hikers is that the trail is shared with mountain bikers. We went just before lunchtime on a Friday in early April. It turned into a sunny, hot day, and we encountered dozens of mountain bikers. All but a couple were cordial, but one nearly ran over Angell.
We enjoyed plenty of blooming wildflowers: snowdrops, mayapple, wild blue phlox, spring larkspur, toadshade trillium and many others. This is a beautiful trail that serves as a springboard to other trails that can be strung together to create the longest hikes in the Parklands.
The trail conditions are very easy, with a small hill at the end, where it meets up with the Hickory and Paw Paw trails. The trail is all dirt, which gets very muddy in rainy conditions, so beware.
We hope you enjoy the guide, and even more, we hope you enjoy the trail. Leave your impressions in the comments section below!
Directions to the trailhead:
1. From the Gene Snyder Freeway, take exit 19 for Billtown Road and head east.
2. Stay on Billtown Road for 0.8 miles, until you reach a “T” intersection.
3. Turn left on Seatonville Road and drive 1.5 miles until you reach Turkey Run Park
4. Turn right into Turkey Run Park
5. Drive past Seaton Valley Trail and the flat bottom land and climb the hill to the Sky Meadow parking lot and pull in here.
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