Turkey Run State Park has what you've been needing. Explore it and see how Indiana was shaped by ancient forces.
You'll discover ancient Indiana's remains. Many old growth trees exist in the park.
A walk into one of the ravines takes you on a trip through time, for the sandstone gorges represent 600 to 300 million years of nature's handiwork.
Deep canyons nestled in the shadows of sandstone cliffs and peaceful hemlock groves harbor some of the most ruggedly beautiful hiking trails in the state. Trails are open from dawn to dusk.
To get to many hiking trails you need to cross the suspension bridge over Sugar Creek. Be warned - it is 70 steps down to the suspension bridge. Upon crossing the bridge you will be in the Rocky Hollow-Falls Canyon Nature Preserve, containing deep sandstone canyons and one of the last remnants of the magnificent forest that originally covered most of Indiana. Please protect and enjoy this priceless heritage.
Turkey Run State Park is an ideal place for a picnic, with picnic areas throughout the park. These picnic tables are available on a first-come, first served basis. There are picnic areas with charcoal grills by the Saddle Barn, near the ball courts, and by the shelter houses.
Turkey Run State Park has miles of bridle trails, so you can enjoy guided horseback rides. Inquire at the saddle barn. (Sorry, you can't bring your own horse.)
While you're at the saddle barn, also ask about hayrides.
The saddle barn is open from April through October 9am - 5pm (weather permitting). The saddle barn is closed in the winter.
For more info call the Saddle Barn at (765) 597-2280. After hours call for reservations at (765) 376-4639.
Turkey Run State Park offers interpretive naturalist services all year long. Scheduled programs include hikes, planetarium programs, history talks, a junior naturalist program, and evening programs. Special groups wishing programs just for their group should call in advance for this free service. Inquire at the Nature Center, Inn or Park Office.
The Nature Center is open year round and can be reached by phone at (765) 597-2654. It features informative displays, interactive exhibits, live wildlife, a small theater offerings things like Star Shows, plus a wildlife watching room with large one-way glass windows overlooking many wildlife feeders.
General hours of operation vary, and the hours are listed below. Keep in mind that there may be some rare, random days that the Nature Center is closed when it would normally be open.
Sugar Creek, one of Indiana's most scenic rivers, flows right through the heart of Turkey Run State Park. While the park does not operate any canoe services, several local canoe liveries operate on Sugar Creek.
In addition, two public access points to Sugar Creek exist just outside Turkey Run: one upstream of the Narrows Covered Bridge at the Brush Creek canoe ramp, and one downstream at the Cox Ford canoe ramp by Cox Ford Covered Bridge.
Sugar Creek, one of Indiana's most scenic rivers, flows right through the heart of Turkey Run State Park. You can fish for bass, bluegill and more in the creek, though a state license is required.
If you prefer fishing from a boat note that there are two public access points to Sugar Creek just outside Turkey Run: one upstream of the Narrows Covered Bridge at the Brush Creek canoe ramp, and one downstream at a canoe ramp by Cox Ford Covered Bridge
Turkey Run State Park is home to an Olympic-size swimming pool with a bathhouse and wading pool.
Turkey Run has 213 Class A modern campsites with electrical hookup and modern restrooms/showers. (6 sites are handicapped accessible).
Youth Tent Camp
Turkey Run has two primitive group camps with pit toilets (no showers or restrooms).
Turkey Run operates a store at the campground for your camping needs