• Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Kayaking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    14 Miles

Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic

Hike through a beautiful, unique landscape, of riverside trails. Ready for another adventure post hike, there are nearby canoe and kayak rentals.

Turkey Run State Park is one of Indiana's most beautiful hidden gems. The fourteen miles of trails that intertwine Sugar Creek range from beginner to advanced and are easily accessible from the the park's visitor center. With the longest trail stretching only two miles, Turkey Run's trail system is perfect for day hikes or a weekend adventure.

These trails run through a system of deep canyons that are unique among Indiana's typical flatland areas. As you navigate the sandstone walls, you're able to discover nearly invisible side canyons and crevasses.

Following the path behind the visitor center or from the park's nearby campsite, you'll find yourself at the banks of Sugar Creek. From there you can explore the larger amphitheater-like canyons or cross the suspension bridge to navigate the deeper ravines. The Turkey Run trail system is essentially one continuous trail that leads to points of interest throughout the park. By taking a look at the trail map (link below), you'll be able to visit each captivating landmark such as Gypsy Gulch, Falls Canyon and Camel's Back.

Trail Map: http://www.indianaoutfitters.com/Maps/state_park_maps/turkeyofmap.htm

If floating down stream is more your style, there is a canoe and kayak rental business just down the road from the park's entrance. Loading you into a van, prepped with paddles and life jackets, you'll be shuttled upstream and launched into the water. During these self guided trips, you'll pass under two of Indiana's historic covered bridges and the suspension bridge, mentioned earlier. With thirty minute intervals between shuttle services, you're able to take your time and explore along the river.

Pack List

  • Day Pack
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera (trust me, you'll want one)
  • Waterproof shoes
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My neice and I hiked several trails in Turkey Run with a break along the river. We hiked the canyon and the Forest. The old growth forest was beautiful but the canyon was awesome. Two totally different landscape. I will return here.

5 months ago
5 months ago

I took my 9 yr old son with me for his first hike. We hiked 8 miles through beginner legs and into more advanced stuff. It was a beautiful day, so a bit crowded. If an isolated hike is what you are searching for, steer clear of Turkey Run on weekends. It's very busy. I highly recommend the place though. Trails are well maintained and the park has built assistance (steps, ladders) to enable you to see parts you may otherwise miss. Beautiful place.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Kathie Green

The great outdoors is what keeps me alive. Mountains are the love of my life, whether it's hiking up them or riding down (hopefully in champaign powder). Rivers are next in line with whitewater excursions holding a special place in my heart. Sharing these adventures wi

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