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.
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.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.