The United States Congress designated the Turkey Hill Wilderness (map
) in 1984 and it now has a total of 5,536 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Texas
and is managed by the Forest Service.
You might expect to find a few gobblers running about these hills, but you will have to settle for deer (hunters don't seem to mind), snakes, stinging insects, ticks, and chiggers. Turkey Hill Wilderness belongs to the Bannister Wildlife Management Area on the Gulf Coastal Plain. A forest dense with hardwoods and pine covers the relatively gentle hills, as well as steeper slopes to the north and east. Turkey Hill anchors the southeastern corner, peaking at 298 feet above sea level. The wide, flat ridge tops around Turkey Hill exceed 300 feet in some places. From Forest Service Road 307 on the southern boundary, the fairly easy to follow Wash Branch Trail runs north along Wash Branch (near the center of the area) and over a ridge, a distance of about 3.5 miles. Other trails, some of which fade out on ridges, access the eastern and western portions. You can usually find water in Sandy Creek, Clear Branch, and Wash Branch.