Marshall, Indiana

Hike the Canyons Loop of Turkey Run State Park

7.1 Miles Total - Loop Trail

Originally 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.

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Photography
Hiking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall

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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.

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