Turkey Creek Road

Murray, Kentucky (Trigg County)

Last Updated: 11/06/2020
4 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 1.06 miles
Highest Elevation: 454 feet
Duration: About 8 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Murray
Nearest Town w/ Services: Murray
Official Road Name: 167
Management Agency: Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
District: Southern District


Highlight: Turkey Creek Road
Located near Murray, KY and within the Land Between the Lakes boundary is Turkey Creek Road, the main entrance road into the Turkey Bay OHV Area. Shortly after the guardhouse, this trail is covered in tree canopy and is dense Kentucky forest all the way to the water's edge in the camping area. On top of access to off-road trails in Turkey Bay, the mud playground off the side of this trail is a fun place to splash your rig through. Turkey Bay OHV Area is a dense cluster of nearly 100 miles of off-road trails in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. These trails are the only designated 4x4/off-road trails in the 170,000-acre park. The rest of the Land Between the Lakes offers hiking, horse trails, mountain bike, scenic roads, and 1400 campsites, including within Turkey Bay. This is the primary trail entrance to the park and you will have to spend time here. Make it worth your while by stopping by the mud pits before taking off into the trail system. Once inside the park, you could spend days exploring it and never take the same way twice. Turkey Bay is a midwest classic, don’t miss it.


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1. Entrance on The Trace Road (CR 453) (0 mi)
The trailhead is on the west side of The Trace Road, note the Forest Service sign for Turkey Bay OHV.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Murray, Kentucky

Head east on KY-80 East for 18.2 miles and take the Woodlands Trace exit toward Grand Rivers/Dover. Turn right to merge onto KY-453 S/Woodlands Trace for 2.2 miles to the trailhead on the right side of the street.



Trail Reviews (1)

Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Honestly, this trail isn't much but being from Colorado where we don't really have any mud?? These free-range mud pits were a blast to run through, even if it wasn't a blast to clean that mud when I was done. This park was fun and surprisingly huge for its overall size. Check this one out, especially if you live nearby and can't find a lot of off-roading.

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JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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