Hike at Turkey Run Park, McLean

Rate this Adventure Virginia Turkey Run Parking

Added by Jenn Gonzalez

Turkey Run offers a secluded hike with beautiful trees, small waterfalls, and creek crossings.

Turkey Run Park is available to hikers year-around and is located just off of George Washington Parkway in McLean, Virginia. The exits are clearly marked and you simply drive to parking lot C-1 to start this hike.

Turkey Run has numerous trail options available but I chose an out-and-back. When you park you will see the large sign with a map. Hikers will walk past this sign and continue on the trail. It will continue down for about 200 feet. There are wooden and rock stairs to help you get to the bottom. You'll have opportunities to look out over the Potomac as you make your way down. Once you are at the bottom you'll see signs offering different trails. Take the path for Turkey Run and look for the yellow blazes on the tree.

The trail will follow the run into the woods. You'll have numerous opportunities to photograph the little falls and the creek. Each season provides its own beautiful backdrop. You will reach a bridge that holds George Washington Parkway. You will need to cross the creek in this area, go under the bridge, and then cross back over to continue on the trail. There are numerous large rocks or downed trees to help you cross.

The trail can be difficult to follow at times. The yellow blazes are few and far between but as long as you travel along the run you will be fine. Eventually the trail will split - choose to stay straight. The trail that goes to the right continues to Dead Run. When you reach the large yellow arrow on a tree you can turn around and return the way you came.

Turkey Run can get busy at times so plan to go early or on a week day. You may find that you have the trail to yourself.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Hiking Shoes
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

200 Feet

Features:

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

More Adventures Nearby

Take a Stroll around Maymont Park

Virginia / Maymont Park

There are two entrances to Maymont: the Nature Center Parking area and the Estate Parking Lot.

Elyse Clark
8 Saves

Hike Cedar Run Falls Trail

Virginia / Whiteoak Canyon Lower Parking Lot

Cedar Run Falls is located in the central district of Shenandoah National Park.  This is a pretty waterfall that flows into a deep swimming hole.

Brandon Dewey
11 Saves

Photograph Brown Mountain Overlook

Virginia / Brown Mountain Overlook

At mile post 77 off of Skyline Drive, Brown Mountain Overlook offers photographers a western view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, and the Shenandoah Valley.

Brandon Dewey
4 Saves