Part 8 - Turkey Hollow Trail, Walnut Springs Trail

Turkey Hollow Trail/Cross Country Ski Trail—

Rolling through open fields, brush lands, oak forests and a pine plantation, this trail is ideal for wildlife observation. Due to the wide range of plant life and varied topography, many species of plants and animals can be seen along the way, including the elusive turkey. Due to several small hills, Turkey Hollow Ski Trail offers a more challenging route for the experienced skier .*
*Previous description from: Wyalusing State Park Visitor Newspaper, 2010

Following is an unofficial trail description.

Trail Rating Guide:

1=walking on a level paved road.
10=Walking on an unmarked trail up a bluff, covered with leaves, poison ivy, tree roots and boulders the size of a house.



Distance: 2.7 mile loop
Time: 1.5-2 hours
Difficulty: 2.5-3
Bathrooms: Huser Astronomy Center, Visitor Center, south loop of Homestead campground, and Homestead Picnic area.
Parking: Huser Astronomy Center, or Park Visitor Center parking lot, or south loop of Homestead Campground, or Homestead Picnic Shelter.

Description:

Wide, grassy, rolling, slopes. Some mosquitoes in the pines. Open fields, brush lands, oak forests, and mature pine plantation. This trail is ideal for wildlife observation. Due to the wide range of plant life and varied topography, many species of plants and animals can be seen along the way, including the elusive turkey.

During mornings, dew will be found on the grass.

This trail is a favorite among birders. Bring your binoculars and bird book. An excellent trail to checkoff bird sightings.

Located near Homestead Campground, this trail will be enjoyed by all in the family.

The trail is a combination trail: walking and xc-skiing. Due to several small hills, Turkey Hollow Ski Trail offers a challenging route for the experienced skier.

Walnut Springs Trail—
This trail connects the Astronomy Center to Sand Cave Trail, running parallel to State Park Road. This connecting trail passes through grassland and the edge of a white pine plantation (0.5 mile).
*Previous description from: Wyalusing State Park Visitor Newspaper, 2010

Following is an unofficial trail description.

Trail Rating Guide:
1=walking on a level paved road.
10=Walking on an unmarked trail up a bluff, covered with leaves, poison ivy, tree roots and boulders the size of a house.


Distance: 0.5 mile (No loop)
Time: 15 -30 minutes (walking)
Difficulty: 1.5
Bathrooms: None
Parking: Small parking lot at former park office or Huser Observatory lot.

Description:


Walnut Springs Trail is provided so that walkers (and bicycle riders) will not have to walk along the road. It is relatively level. Enjoy the walk as it transitions from meadows, through a pine plantation and into a hardwood forest.