Turkey Pen Hollow Trail
Length: 6.5 Miles View map
This trail passes through high quality dolomite glades and woodland plant communities. The area in and around this trail is managed with periodic prescribed fire. The trail goes by a large sinkhole, an access to the park’s special-use camp, a primitive backpack camping area for large groups, and through Turkey Pen Hollow. After you pass the connector trail leading to the special-use camp, you travel across a large south-facing glade. Lower on this slope is an intermittently wet seep area. The large outcrop of rock is the remnant of the Red Arrow fault line that runs through this part of Camden County.
This rock area is where layers of bedrock have shifted in a vertical manner and in other places one layer of rock has pushed other rock layers above it. After you reach the ridge top beyond and hike for a short distance, you can decide to shorten your hike to 4.75 miles by taking white connector 1. Along white connector 1, you will find an intermittent pond. This pond often holds water in the spring and is home to frogs, salamanders and toads as evidenced by the cacophony of their calls both during the day and in the evening. The primitive backpack camping area for groups of seven or more is located on the two-mile segment of trail after you reach the ridge top, and is in a sheltered valley on the east side of this trail. While smaller groups are not required to use the designated area, they must camp at least 100 feet from the trail, 200 feet from any major public use area, and at least one-fourth mile from the trail entry/exit point.
|Length||Estimated Hiking Time||Type||Blazes||Trailhead|
|6.5 Miles||6 hours, 30 minutes||Loop||Red||
Ha Ha Tonka Oak Woodland Natural Area parking lot