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Turkey Run State Park
TURKEY RUN STATE PARK
TURKEY RUN STATE PARK
8121 East Park Rd.
Marshall, Indiana   47859

Phone: 765-597-2635
Toll Free: 800-457-8283
Reservations: 765-597-2635
Turkey Run State Park
'Suspension Bridge'

Turkey Run State Park
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'Morning in the canyon'

The canyons of Turkey Run are dark, damp and beautiful in the morning.

Turkey Run State Park
'Sugar Creek'

View of Sugar Creek from the suspension bridge.

You'll marvel at the natural geologic wonders of this beautiful park as you hike along its famous trails. Nestled along State Road 47 southwest of Crawfordsville, you'll want to explore the deep, sandstone ravines and walk along the stands of aged forests, and enjoy the scenic views along Sugar Creek.

Visit the Colonel Richard Lieber Cabin which commemorates the contributions of the father of Indiana's state park system.
History of the Area
In terms of history, the geology of Turkey Run offers a unique view into the past. A walk into one of the ravines takes the visitor on a trip through time when the sandstone gorges represent 600 to 300 million years of nature's handwork.

Mansfield sandstone, named after Mansfield, Indiana, is the main material which forms Turkey Run's cliffs. Many years ago, flowing water deposited sand, then pressure and cementation changed the grains of sand into sedimentary rock. Later, wind and water began to cut the sandstone after it was exposed to the air, but it was the ice age and glacial action that shaped the sandstone into familiar forms.

Glacial ice did at one time cover the north portion of the park. As the glacier melted, the debris collected by the moving ice was deposited. Stones of many shapes and sizes were ground against the softer sandstone by the rushing melt-water. This grinding action helped carve the Sugar Creek stream bed as well as many of the canyons of Turkey Run. Remnants of these hard round stones, called glacial till, may be found in the stream beds today.

In the last few hundred years, the erosion of the sandstone has continued at a slower pace. The gorges are very similar to what was seen by Native Americans and pioneers.

The Miami Indians walked many of the trails that today's park visitors still use. The last Native American, Johnny Green, is said to have died while fishing from Goose Rock. The early pioneers have left traces of their heritage. The historical Lusk Home and Mill site are reminders of early enterprise and ambition. Acquiring the land in 1825, Captain Lusk built a grist mill that was completed in 1829. The Lusk's stewardship of the land preserved the pristine nature of the land. Also, the log cabin museum, located on Sunset Point, was built in 1848. It was moved to Turkey Run in 1918, and the large tulip logs serve as a reminder of the large tulip tree forests that supplied builders of early America.

The log church across the concrete bridge near the Inn was originally constructed in 1923. It stands as a reminder of the religious heritage left by our forefathers. Non-denominational services are still conducted through the warmer months every Sunday at 10:00A.M.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Sheltersyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Electric Sites, #213
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Camp Commissaryyes
 Camper Cabinsyes
 Youth Group Campyes
WinterActivitiesyes
AccommodationsLodge Roomsyes
 Game Roomyes
 Tennisyes
 Outdoor Swimming Poolyes
 Restaurantyes
Camping
* Electric / 213 sites * Youth Tent Areas * Camp Store * Dumping Station
Accommodation Availability Calendars
Boats and RVs
Central Marine - Shoals, INBoat Rentals
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
87.3 miles from park*
Family RV Rentals - Whiteland, INMotor Home Campers
Whether you are vacationing with family, going to a race, or traveling for business, build some memories and travel by RV. We carry select RVs for sale on our lot. We can also do consignment sales and RV leasing. Our techs are certified on all RV systems. We work on RVs of any style, year, make or model.
63.8 miles from park*


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Nature Programs
Turkey Run Interpretive Center

September - May

Sunday, Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday (through March 28th), Tuesday and Wednesday Closed

June - August

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Area Attractions
* Picnic areas w/shelters (Shelter Reservations) * Interpretive Naturalist Services * Nature Center / Planetarium * Cabins, Inn Operated * Rental - Cultural Arts Programs * Fishing * Hiking Trails * Turkey Run Inn Accommodations w / Indoor Pool toll free 1-877-500-6151 * Inn Restaurant * Meeting & Conference Facilities * Playgrounds * Saddle Barn with escorted rides (765) 597-2280 * Tennis & Other Games * Swimming / Pool (Policy)
Things To Do in the Area
Cox Ford Recreation Park Go-Kart Track - Bloomingdale, INAmusement
Located in beautiful Parke County, Indiana near Turkey Run State Park. Our Go-Kart track is located on Cox Ford Road. We have twelve karts eight singles and four double, for your pleasure and fun. Located in area where people can get away from the hustle and bustle of city traffic, noise and congestion.
Web Site: coxfordrecpark.com
5.5 miles from park*
Central Marine - Shoals, INCanoeing
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
Web Site: Central-Marine.com
87.3 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 23 It was ok
I had a moderate time here.. smoked a lot of the green and just chilled the whole time.. good time
December 17 Our Favorite State Park by Gene from Lafayette
Greatest place to turn your kids loose & all have a wonderful time. From the camp grounds to the nature center/the many easy & challenging trails/and a great relaxing swimming pool. Positively awesome!
November 6 loved this park!
We stayed at the campground in this park in June earlier this year and had a great time! The hiking trails were amazing with several scenic areas. We stayed during the week and my kids were totally bummed that the pool was not open the entire time we were there...but that was really the only negative. The campground was nice and well kept - our campsite/area was the best by far (site #224) - it was a small wooded area on a loop, my 4 year old rode his bike around the small loop the entire time we were there. We went canoeing for the first time in the river and had a great time! My husband and daughter went horseback riding and loved it - the trails were great. We were surprised by this park and would difinately recommend it!
March 6 How Amazing
My children and I enjoyed Turkey Run evey weekend
October 8 Great Trails by Paul from Monticello
Some of the best hiking anywhere in the Midwest. Nice lodge. The camp sites are OK. Clean and a wide variety of shaded and sun sites. The campground is crowded all summer. Tis is a high use park but maintained well.
March 29 GREAT PLACE by greensky85mlm
WONDERFUL, LOTS TO DO...RELAXING. WOULD LIKE FOR ANY ONE WHO HAS THE OPPURTUNITY TO VIST, OR STAY HERE.
September 8 Absolutely Beautiful by April
This destination is enjoyable for adults, children, and in between. Wonderful for creating memories.
August 24 Best Indiana state park by Don Scholl
I have been coming to Turkey Run State Park since I was an eight year old kid in 1954 and now enjoy taking my friends and grand children to this wonderful park. It never seems too crowded, the hiking is great and the land is beautiful. The cabins are not the most modern but the lodge is nice and the food good. Try this park in mid-winter also.
July 6 We LOVE it. by Mary
We went 30 years ago once, with a group of friends. Just started going back again about 8 years ago. We have to go a least once yearly sometimes as many as 4-5 times a year. Our adult children now enjoy going as well. We have always stayed at the inn and throughly enjoy the stay. The staff is wonderful. Thank You
May 17 Fun for all by Jessica
I used to love going as a kid now I have kids of my own not only is it fun for them but I still love it to!


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