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Turkey Run State Park

Did you know that April 22-29 is National Parks Week? A perfect time to reflect on one of my favorite Indiana State Parks! Located less than an hour and half west of downtown Indianapolis is the state’s second oldest park – Turkey Run. I admit, I haven’t made it to every single Indiana State Park (future bucket list?), but I have been to many of them and Turkey Run is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful!For starters, there are 11 marked trails on the property ranging from easy (half a mile) to very rugged (1.7 miles) which offers unusual hiking between steep walls. Or if you are solely looking for distance you can try the three mile moderate/rugged course that takes you through a covered bridge. All trail information is found on DNR’s website so you can review before you visit.If hiking isn’t your thing, no fear. Turkey Run offers many other options to keep you busy. Nature Center, fishing, play grounds, swimming pool and saddle barn are all available.

But, I highly recommend making this an overnight visit. Tent camping … not for me so much. Maybe for you and that is fine. They offer tent sites, 213 electric camp sites, a state park inn with 79 rooms and my personal favorite – cabins! You get the feel of camping without sleeping on the hard ground!And if you are a history buff make sure and hike to the Colonel Richard Lieber Cabin,. It commemorates the contributions of the father of Indiana’s state park system.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and visit an Indiana State Park today!

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Written by : Living in Indianapolis since 2001, Carrie is no stranger to traveling throughout the state. She has worked at Conner Prairie and at the Indiana Office of Tourism. Now working for the Indiana Tourism Association and having a young daughter, Carrie has even more opportunities to take advantage of Indiana's many attractions. Carrie receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.