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Turkey Run State Park - Wikipedia
Photo: Wikipedia
Turkey Run State Park - Wikipedia
Photo: Wikipedia
Turkey Run State Park - Wikipedia
Photo: Wikipedia
Turkey Run State Park - Wikipedia
Photo: Wikipedia
Turkey Run State Park - Wikipedia
Photo: Wikipedia

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TURKEY RUN ELECTRIC

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TURKEY RUN YOUTH GROUP

Turkey Run State Park

Overview

A brief introduction to Turkey Run State Park

Turkey Run State Park, Indiana's second state park, is in Parke County in the west-central part of the state along State Road 47, 2 miles (3.2 km) east of U.S. 41.
The first parcel of land was purchased for $40,200 in 1916, when Indiana's state park system was established during the state's centennial anniversary of its statehood. The origin of the name "Turkey Run" is unknown, but the most accepted theory is that wild turkeys would congregate for warmth in the gorges (or "runs"), where early settlers could easily trap and hunt them.
The Lusk Home and Mill Site and the Richard Lieber Log Cabin within the park's grounds were included as individual sites on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and 2001, respectively. The park itself was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2019. Turkey Run also includes a system of trails, Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve, a suspension bridge across Sugar Creek, camping sites, and other recreational areas. The Turkey Run Inn was built in 1919. Several guest cabins near the inn date from the 1930s and 1940s. The park draws some 700,000 visitors annually.
The park is 1 of 14 Indiana State Parks that are in the path of totality for the 2024 solar eclipse, with the park experiencing 43 seconds of totality.

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Breathtaking

If you’re into trail hiking this is a must cost for you! Turkey run state park offers some of the best vistas of any state park in Indiana hand down! The trails follow a creek bed carved into sandstone, so prepare to get wet. The hiking trails are not for the meek either, you can find yourself walking through a gorge with the shear walls climbing higher and higher until you hit a dead end with a well constructed ladder to climb your way out! Their emerald Canyon can remind you of just how small you as a person really are when compared to the majestic beauty of the landscape. The small waterfalls at the punch bowl is something not normally seen in flatland Indiana. This park is truly amazing, unfortunately the camp ground is mediocre at best but honestly I don’t visit this park for the campground!

Dustin Nabinger
Dustin Nabinger reviewed Turkey Run State Park
on June 3rd, 2023

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