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Turkey Hill Wilderness

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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.

Planning to Visit the Turkey Hill Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Turkey Hill Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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