Turkey Run State Park Visitor Guide – Indiana
There’s a reason why Turkey Run State Park is one of the most visited state parks in the state of Indiana. It has extremely unique terrain, including gorgeous canyons, cliffs, massive boulders, creeks and much more!
The trails are some of the best that you will find in the Midwest. They range from easy to moderately difficult to very rugged. Trail #3 is certainly the most popular trail, due to its scenic charm and challenging features. Along the way, you’ll cross a long suspension bridge, walk up a waterfall stream and climb tall ladders.
Of course, there are many other trails as well, each with their own distinct characteristics. Another of my favorites is Trail #1, which eventually leads to a beautiful covered bridge that spans the Sugar Creek.
Turkey Run also offers many other amenities as well. For starters, the historic Turkey Run Inn is a must see. Their lodging accommodations include standard rooms as well as small cabins that you can rent and are very close to the main building. The Inn has a very beautiful and relaxing Great Room with a fireplace that offers visitors a place to relax, spend time together and even play games. For some additional fun, there is even a game room in the basement that features video games a ping-pong table and more.
Turkey Run Inn also has a wonderful dining room that serves terrific meals for breakfast lunch and dinner. Fairly close to the restaurant is a nice indoor swimming pool that is open year-round and available to guests. Lastly, Turkey Run Inn has a nice gift shop to pick up some souvenirs to remember your visit.
Turkey Run State Park also features in Nature Center. Here you can learn about local and regional animals and plant life. You will also learn about the local history of the park and the surrounding areas. Nearby the Nature Center you will find recreation in the form of sand volleyball courts playgrounds and even a really nice outdoor swimming pool.
Throughout the park and along certain trails, you will find convenient picnic areas. You also have the option to rent and utilize very nice permanent pavilions that usually include a stone fireplace and picnic tables. I know from personal experience that these make excellent shelters for family reunions or other get-togethers.
Another way to see the park is to kayak, canoe or “tube” down the Sugar Creek, which flows through the center of the park. There are a couple of local outfitters that can arrange trips for a reasonable fee. I have boated on several rivers and streams and this is easily one of my favorites. Along the way there are several rock and sand bars that you can stop at. These spots make for an enjoyable place to take a break or to look for interesting stones and fossils.
One of the recommendation I have is to swing by Gobbler’s Knob before or after you leave the park. It is located just off of Route 41, which is very close to Turkey Run. It has the feel of an old-time general store with knick-knacks, ice cream, treats, drinks and more.
There are many more sites, structures and amazing areas to explore at Turkey Run State Park. I’ve only barely scratched the surface. If you get the chance to visit, I’m sure that you will discover your own favorite places and amenities that the park has to offer!
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