Turkey Bay OHV Primary Yellow 02

Murray, Kentucky (Trigg County)

Last Updated: 10/11/2020
4 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Information
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Difficulty: 3-3
( MODERATE )
Length: 3.78 miles
Highest Elevation: 715 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 28 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Murray
Nearest Town w/ Services: Murray
Official Road Name: YQMYM02
Management Agency: Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
District: Southern District

Highlights

Highlight: Turkey Bay OHV Primary Yellow 02
Located in the Turkey Bay OHV area near Murray, KY, Primary Yellow 2 is one of the main trails that take you into the densely packed and nearly 100 miles of trails in the park. Land Between the Lakes is 170,000 acres, but these trails are the only 4x4 designated roads. Wheelers come from all over the midwest to spend some time on this muddy circuit. Land Between the Lakes is a 40-mile long peninsula that offers hiking trails, horse trails, 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline, mountain biking, 400+ miles of scenic roads, and 1400 campsites, including camping within Turkey Bay. This national recreation area attracts over 1.5 million people per year. Primary Yellow 2 is a primary trail into the area but still requires a 4x4 and can get you deep into the park. You can spend time exploring this trail and can take dozens of ways back to the start. This is only the start of the massive OHV park, don’t miss this muddy fun run.

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Route Information

Advanced Rating System

Recommended Vehicle:
Stock SUV with High Clearance and 4 Low
Concerns:
Summary:
This trail has no major obstacles but rutting, constant mud, and off-camber areas give it a slightly higher rating and a 4x4 requirement.

Technical Rating

MANDATORY
3
MODERATE
OPTIONAL
3
MODERATE
Typically, more rock or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 12" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 12" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 24" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep.
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Description

This trail is mostly soft dirt and mud throughout. The out and back trail is one of the primary trails in Turkey Bay and connects to dozens of trails including Turkey Bay Primary Yellow OHV 01. It is a nearly 4-mile long trail that is suitable for new and experienced drivers.

Waypoints

1. Trailhead - Marker F (0 mi)
The trailhead is on the north side of Turkey Creek Road. There is camping available here, parking and even some port-o-lets. The map lists this has Marker F, though we were unable to locate a posted sign.
2. 9204 - Stay Straight (0.09 mi)
Stay straight at the intersection with 9204.
3. 9202 - Stay Straight (0.22 mi)
Stay straight at the intersection with 9202.
4. 8203 - Stay Straight (0.25 mi)
Stay straight at the intersection with 8203.
5. 9210 - Stay Left (0.59 mi)
Stay left at the intersection with 9210.
6. 8202 - Stay Left (0.79 mi)
Stay left at the intersection with 8202.
7. 9209 - Stay Left (0.82 mi)
Stay left at the intersection with 9209.
8. Marker E - Stay Left (0.89 mi)
Stay left at the intersection. The trail to the right heads back out to Primary Yellow 01.
9. 8206 & 8208 - Stay Straight (1.01 mi)
Stay straight at the intersection with 8206 & 8208.
10. 6402 & 8207 - Stay Straight (1.12 mi)
Stay straight at the intersection with 6402 & 8207.
11. Marker D - Stay Right (1.43 mi)
Stay right at the intersection at Marker D. The trail to the left heads back to Primary Yellow 01.
12. 5201 & 5205 - Stay Right (1.52 mi)
Stay right at the intersection with 5201 & 5205.
13. 6203 - Stay Left (1.8 mi)
Stay left at the intersection with 6203.
14. Marker 5 - Stay Straight Through (1.85 mi)
Stay straight through this very large intersection that has Marker 5.
15. 2201 1st Entry - Stay Straight (2.05 mi)
Stay straight at the 1st intersection with 2201.
16. 2201 2nd Entry - Stay Straight (2.08 mi)
Stay straight at the 2nd intersection with 2201.
17. 2202 - Stay Right (2.81 mi)
Stay right at the intersection with 2202.
18. 3204 - Stay Right (2.88 mi)
Stay right at the intersection with 3204.
19. 3205 - Stay Right (3.32 mi)
Stay right at the intersection with 3205.
20. 3201 & Marker B - Stay Right (3.52 mi)
Stay right at the intersection with 3201, Marker B is also at this intersection.
21. 3207 - Stay Right (3.71 mi)
Stay right at the intersection with 3207.
22. End of Trail at 3345 (3.78 mi)
The trail ends at a large intersection (and turn around). There is a large campsite here as well and is spitting distance to the waters edge.

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 Turkey Creek Road on the right side of the street. Travel 0.65 miles to the trailhead on the right, Waypoint 5.

Camping

Dispersed
There is camping within the trail system of the park along all of these trails and their side trails. The best-established campsite is at the last waypoint. The site does not have to be developed as long as any fires are contained. Please pay the fee at the guardhouse within 30 minutes of selecting your site. Additional campgrounds, including more amenities like showers and RV hookups, are available within Land Between the Lakes which has over 1400 designated campsites that can be reserved here.
Camping: Turkey Bay OHV Primary Yellow 02

Trail Reviews (1)

Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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Rating:
This was the last trail I ran this day and I probably would have enjoyed it more but it was 103 degrees, in the shade. Once the sun started to go down and it was more bearable and I cooled off in the mud pits off Turkey Creek Road before heading back to camp.

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Why is this not on the Jeep Badge of Honor App?
–Brenda Mejia (05/24/2021)
A: Brenda, this trail was added to the Jeep Badge of Honor Trails a little over a month ago. It was then removed from the app along with a number of trails that were added to the app and no one has received any information from Jeep on what has happened. Please hold onto any pictures you took and keep an eye on the app, I expect that these trails will be added properly at some point very soon. When that happens, you can email Jeep at badgeofhonor@jeep.com to get these badges added since you have run them. Thanks, JD.
–JD Marshall (05/24/2021)
Q: Any issues with a full size trucking making it though these trails?
–Randy Williams (04/20/2021)
A: Randy, I didn't run into any real tight spots on these trails. If It's not officially mapped, I can't tell you (i.e. the other side trails) but these main drags you should be fine on. I can't imagine there are any really tight spaces out there though. This is a well-worn park.
–JD Marshall (04/20/2021)

Writer Information

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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