Length – 0.6 miles
Trail Blaze Color – Bright Red
Difficulty – Easy, Elevation gain 29 feet up 57 feet down
Turkey Trot is a great place to begin your exploration of Libby Hill Forest Trails (LHF) trails. It combines a perimeter walk of the nice open spaces of the Middle School soccer field combined with a quick woods walk past a small pond. This trail is a favorite of dog walkers and those wanting a short stroll with minimal elevation changes
You can start Turkey Trot a two points. It is usually easier to find if you begin behind the Middle School near the woods by the Libby Hill Trail Sign (Trailhead 3) farthest from the school. At this point going beyond the trail map sign takes you on the back loop of the Moose Odyssey Trail, you want to proceed left and back across an open area of the field. You will see a trail marker going into the woods with a turkey emblem. This whole area was once part of a lumber saw mill which stood at the present day middle school. You quickly enter a grove of young pine trees which are less than 40 years old since this area was still completely cleared less than 50 years ago
You climb a small knoll after about 0.25 miles where you will see a small pond down a steep bank. In late summer the pond is fairly small but once fall rains return the pond is large enough to support ducks, turtles, deer and other wildlife. One word of caution, from May to August this area is especially prone to dog ticks. We do keep our trails mowed but if you venture off the trail, be sure to check your legs for ticks after walking. The trees are larger for the next 1000 feet or so, mostly consisting of pine trees until at 0.4 miles you re-emerge on the soccer field boundary. Look for the trail reentering the woods directly across the field you just entered. The trail does a quick hill climb here in the woods and is designed for ski races, you may choose to just walk the boundary of the soccer field until you return back to Libby Hill Road at Trailhead 4 by a shed where you can walk back to the dirt parking lot at the end of the street
Turkey Trot is a great option for those looking for a little exercise and still stay near the school. Parents waiting for children at sports events, often find this trail to be a good way to occupy time. You won’t be disappointed at the trail and it will encourage you to explore the rest of the system up on Libby Hill!