Friday, August 12, 2016

A Visit to Turkey Run State Park

Narrows Covered Bridge - Turkey Run State Park
Narrows Covered Bridge - Turkey Run State Park
A Visit to Turkey Run State Park
A Visit to Turkey Run State Park




A Visit to Turkey Run State Park
Turkey Run State Park
Established in 1916 during Indiana’s Centennial Year, Turkey Run State Park is the second state park established in Indiana. The state acquired the property from the Hoosier Veneer company for $40,000 after receiving a $20,000 grant from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Three Wonderful Bridges
Sugar Creek bisects the 2382 acres of rugged woodland terrain. A suspension bridge across the creek connects the developed south section with the wild north section of the park. Two covered bridges spanning the creek on opposite ends of Turkey Run provide scenic backdrops to many wonderful photographic opportunities in the park.
Richard Lieber Memorial
Visitors to Turkey Run will find the Richard Lieber Memorial east of Turkey Run Inn behind the Log Church. The Memorial contains the ashes of the founder of the Indiana State Park system, Richard Lieber. 
Richard Lieber Memorial
Richard Lieber Memorial
Turkey Run Picnic Shelters and Sites
Visitors will find several picnic shelters located in various locations around the park. Five of these shelters may be reserved for family reunions, weddings and other occasions. Several picnic sites and other first come, first serve facilities are scattered throughout the park.
Nature Center / Planetarium
Located at the main parking lot near the Big Log Shelter the Nature Center contains exhibits that depict the flora and fauna of Turkey Run State Park. The naturalists at the park frequently provide programs for both children and adults through out the year. For a schedule of State Park events, click this link.
http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2389.htm
Fishing
Sugar Creek provides wonderful fishing opportunities along the trails and at the public access site for those with an Indiana fishing license.
Camping
The 213-site campground is equipped with flush toilets, hot water and showers. Most sites will accommodate trailers. No individual water or sewer hookups, but electricity is available. 
The Ladders Hiking Trail - Turkey Run State Park
The Ladders Hiking Trail - Turkey Run State Park
Hiking Trails
Hikers will find over fourteen miles of trails at Turkey Run State Park ranging in difficulty from moderate to rugged. The trails provide a wonderful hiking experience through the challenging Turkey Run terrain. Hikers may cross the Suspension Bridge, which affords a wonderful view of Sugar Creek, as well as scenic Narrows Covered Bridge. The Ladders Trail presents hikers with a unique experience as they clamber up a sheer rock face.
Turkey Run State Park Suspension Bridge
Turkey Run State Park Suspension Bridge

Turkey Run Inn and Restaurant
Overnight visitors may stay in the historic Turkey Run Inn and dine in the restaurant. The Turkey Run Inn has seventy-nine rooms, a heated pool, and a large, cozy sitting room with a fireplace. The rooms range from cabins to suites that include a Jacuzzi tub. Turkey Run has an indoor, heated pool connected to the inn, close to the Inn Cabins. The Inn pool is for Inn guests only. There is a public pool open to all visitors located elsewhere in the park. The inn also featured meeting and conference room facilities suitable for hosting seminars, receptions and other events.
Cabins, Inn Operated
Cabin sleeping rooms are located next to the Inn. Cabin buildings are divided into 4 private rooms with private entrances. Each room has two full-sized beds and a private bathroom. All cabin rooms have heat, air-conditioning, TV, telephone. Towels & bed linens are provided. Units do not have cooking, grilling, refrigeration or fireplace facilities.
Turkey Run Inn’s Narrows Restaurant
Turkey Run Inn
Turkey Run Inn

Open to the public, the Narrows offers families casual dining with good food and an excellent atmosphere. The brick walls and hardwood floor create a homey place to relax as you dine. The dining room is open 365 days a year, serving three meals daily. The Narrows offers buffet dining, homemade soups and a generous salad bar.
Saddle Barn 
Many State Park Saddle Barns offer riding lessons, scout badges, gift certificates, birthday parties, corporate outings, campfire programs and other services. The Turkey Run Saddle Barn offers hayrides and guided horseback rides.
Tennis, Playgrounds and Sports Fields
The tennis courts are located near the swimming pool by the main parking area near the center of the park. There are open fields suitable for lawn games, soccer and other outdoor games near some of the picnic areas. The park features numerous playgrounds near the picnic areas.
For more information about Turkey Run State Park, contact:
Other Activities at the Park
Visitors will find a host of other activities at the park like picnicking, swimming, tennis and other outdoor sports. Turkey Run State Park is located in beautiful Parke County, which offers the largest concentration of covered bridges in Indiana, if not the nation. For more information, contact:
Located in the 1883 Train Depot
401 E. Ohio Street
Rockville, IN 47872

Turkey Run State Park
8121 E. Park Road
Marshall, IN 47859

(765) 597-2635
For more information about Turkey Run, the author's book, A Visit to Turkey Run State Park, will give the prospective visitor all the information they need to enjoy this wonderful park.


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