Turkey Run Park Trail Guide: Hickory Trail
The Hickory Trail is a flat, 1.45 mile end-to-end hiking trail located in Turkey Run Park. To get to the trailhead, we recommend parking at the Silo Center Parking Lot and walking past the yellow silo to the Louisville Loop, where you’ll take a left and walk about 30 yards until you come to the gravel service road on your right, where the new bike park is under construction.
The trail has many interesting features: spring wildflowers, fine, mature hardwoods and cedars, creekside hiking and junctions with the Paw Paw Trail and Chinkapin Trails, as well as the Wild Hyacinth Trail, which is just down the hill from the big junction. One challenge for hikers is that the trail is shared with mountain bikers. If the trail is busy with cyclists, consider hiking the Wild Hyacinth Trail, which is hiking only.
While not as pretty as the neighboring Chinkapin and Paw Paw trails, the Hickory 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 very little elevation change. 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 past the Sky Meadow parking lot, where it crests the ridge line and falls to the creek valley below.
6. At the bottom of the hill, turn left onto Stout Road and take it to the top of the hill, where you’ll turn left into the parking lot for the Silo Center.
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