Turkey Run Park

Turkey Run Park

Turkey Run Park preserves a vertical slice of the Potomac Gorge ecosystem. A unique combination of flora and fauna makes a home in the park's riverbanks, flood terraces, upland forest, streams, and underground seeps.

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Image Credit: Turkey Run Park ( Fritz Flohr Reynolds / Flickr Creative Commons)


Turkey Run Park is open year-round from 6 am to 10 pm. Please note that the gate between Picnic Area B and parkway headquarters closes at 4:15 pm on weekdays and is closed all day during the weekend.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)




Trails in Turkey Run Park cross through several of the distinct habitats that make up the Potomac Gorge ecosystem. The Potomac Heritage Trail also runs through the park.

Wildlife sightings change with the seasons. Wildflowers bloom and warblers migrate through the park each spring. Woodpeckers call loudly all summer from a thick, leafy canopy. Fall colors paint the park's hardwood trees red and yellow. Occasional snowfalls in winter reveal the comings and goings of many small mammals.

Rangers teach Learn to Ride, a "balance first" method of bicycling, at Turkey Run Park. Participants learn how to ride a bicycle without training wheels in a safe, stress-free environment.

To request a ranger program at Turkey Run Park please call 301‑320‑1400.

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Picnic tables, restrooms, and water fountains are located between Picnic Areas C‑1 and C‑2, in Picnic Area B, and in Picnic Area A. Water to the restrooms and water fountains is turned off from October to April.

There are no trash cans in Turkey Run Park; plan to take your trash with you when you leave. Red cans for ashes are available in each picnic area.

Propane and charcoal are permitted in private grills. Coals may only be placed in marked red ash cans. Campfires are prohibited except with a permit.

No swimming or wading is allowed in the Potomac River.

Commercial activities and activities by organized groups, including commercial photography/filming and weddings, require a permit. For information about permits please call 703‑289‑2513.


Last updated: August 22, 2019