Shenandoah National Park: Turk Branch Trail

Solitude rules on this 6.2-mile out-and-back past the headwaters of a lively mountain stream where deer and black bears roam by the skeleton of a weatherbeaten homestead.
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Solitude rules on this 6.2-mile out-and-back past the headwaters of a lively mountain stream where deer and black bears roam by the skeleton of a weatherbeaten homestead.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.9

Waypoints

TBT001

Location: 38.1292152404785, -78.7847137451172

Trail leads S, staying near Skyline Drive

TBT005

Location: 38.1174011230469, -78.7786483764648

Middle fork of the Turk; descend E

TBT006

Location: 38.1182670593262, -78.7732467651367

Trail crosses main stem and stays mostly along rumbling creek

TBT009

Location: 38.1239318847656, -78.7638168334961

Huge pools swirl in the South Fork of the Moormans River; stay on E side of river

TBT010

Location: 38.1262168884277, -78.761962890625

Explore an old chimney and homestead foundation in the woods, the eroding evidence
of the families who lived here before the park was established; break for lunch and return to car

TBT002

Location: 38.1249008178711, -78.7852554321289

Begin knee-buckling descent into wooded valley

TBT008

Location: 38.1213645935059, -78.7659301757812

Path widens and leaves park

TBT007

Location: 38.1187324523926, -78.7677841186524

Swing L; trail straddles park boundary

TBT003

Location: 38.1235542297363, -78.7769012451172

Path switchbacks down loose grade where headwaters of Turk Branch begin

TBT004

Location: 38.1202239990234, -78.7780532836914

Trail undulates through undergrowth of mountain laurel