Hike the Canyons Loop of Turkey Run State Park

Indiana Turkey Run State Park Nature Center

Added by Vale Ge

These amazing woodland trails provide many options for trails with different scenes and difficulties.

Located 54 miles western from Indianapolis this is a really gorgeous state park. Entrance fee is $7 but it's totally worth the money (map included). You will find many trails which are leading through canyons and forest. I recommend beginning in the morning with trail 6, which will guide you through one of the canyons. You will find fallen trees and you have to pass a little stream.

Next you will take the trail 8 and make a big loop. On the way to trail 8, you will pass a river over and hanging a suspension bridge. Then continue to the right until you reach trail 8. This one will lead you through mostly woods, sometimes it can be muddy or rocky.

Once you've reached trail 4 (they are merging together), you will come to the punch bowl. In autumn there will be a little waterfall, but even if there is not much water, the punch bowl and the nearby rocky hollow are gorgeous. Take your tripod, because it can be dark here, surrounded by the rocky walls.

From here you can take trail 3, which will bring you to trail 10. You can head to the camel back, which is a small view point. Go back trail 10 and take 3 on the right. Over trail 5 you can decide, if you take trail 5 and 9 or just take the 140 steps down.

For more details, check out the state park website or check out a map of the area.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Water
  • Snack
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

7.1 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

8 months ago

Stunning, has a little bit of everything!

Beautiful place to hike - contains gorges and canyons, a scenic river, unique waterfalls, streams, limestone cliffs, and a few historical landmarks. Highly recommend. Can be busy during weekends with nice weather, but still worth it!

8 months ago

about 1 year ago

One of the best parks in Indiana. You will not be disappointed. If you go, make sure and bring waterproof shoes. Or at least another pair of shoes to change into. There is a trail that goes right through the canyon and if it has been raining a lot in the area, you will probably have to step in some water. Also the trail with the canyon is also very cool in the winter. Tons of ice formations. And there is a place to rent kayaks and canoes right down the road form the park entrance. Have fun!

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

This is an amazing hiking area. There are several small "canyons" you can hike through and a beautiful forest as well. You can hike the canyons and end up in the woods or go around and hike the woods and end up in the canyon. No other place like it in Indiana. And the county you're in is full of covered bridges which make some great side trips as well.

over 1 year ago

Added by Vale Ge

More Adventures Nearby

Hike The Glacier Flats Trail at Spicer Lake Nature Reserve

Indiana / Spicer Lake Nature Reserve Parking

The Glacier Flats Trail is a 1.5 mile loop that guides you through the Old Field Trail and past the Buttonbrush Wetland and observation platform.

Jenn Koczan
22 Saves

Hike to Pinnacle Peak, Indiana

Indiana / Pinnacle Peak Trailhead

Beginning at the trail head labeled for Trail 1/Pinnacle Peak, the trail changes a total of ~450 ft elevation in a mile through a rolling, hardwood forest to reach its namesake location: Pinnacle Pea.

Daniel Barr
37 Saves

Trail Run at Marott Park

Indiana / Marott Park Indianapolis

Parking for Marott Park is right off of College Avenue and is easily accessible for anyone living in downtown Indianapolis or in the Broad Ripple area.

Nicholas Love
19 Saves