Turkey Run State Park #2 thru #11 Trails is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marshall, Indiana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Turkey Run Trails #2 thru #11 are a maze of short interconnected trails taking you thru the most spectacular terrain in the state. All total you traverse 11 miles of wooded terrain full of deep ravines, ridge tops, hiking thru waterfalls and climbing ladders as you make your way thru the landscape. The trails range from .5 miles in length to 2 miles in lenght. An additional trail, #1, is three miles and is perhaps the most scenic of all the trails. In reality,if you hiked all the trails you would hike far more than the 11 miles because of the interconnectivity and the cross over of the trails. The whole area is very scenic and unique. There are numerous ladders and steps built for erosion control and to aid the visitors ability to see all the remote areas. The area is a great introduction to hiking for kids because of the varied length of the trails and the remarkable beauty of the area.
By far one of the most beautiful places to hike! Trail #3 is rated rugged due to most of the trail being streams and waterfalls running over boulders and rock. I took my kids, one of them 5yrs, and it's easy to navigate with watershoes. Definitely a must see place!
If you enjoy hiking, you will enjoy the trails at Turkey Run. Lots of variety.
Trail 1 is an easy walk along the river
Trail 2 has an enjoyable section through box canyon.
Trail 3 is the must do short trail in Indiana
Trail 4- the back side of trail 4 is the quiet, river hooping trail.
Trail 5 is a short section where you will see quite a bit of traffic
Trail 8 is a walk in the woods. Less traffic
Trail 9 has two challenging sections through Boulder and Falls Canyon. Your feet will get wet.
Trail 10 is easy walking.
Combine them all for 2-3 hours of fantastic hiking.
Best during the week. This place gets a lot of traffic on the weekends. The winter season in this park is awesome, especially when it has snowed.
Absolutely loved it! Especially during the week when there are no other people are there!
I HAV BEEN TO TURKEY RUN STATE PARK A LOT IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, IVE HIKED IT IN THE SPRING, SUMMER,FALL AND WINTER....I HAVE TO SAY THAT EVERY TIME HAS OFFERED A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT VIEW AS IF IT WERE THE FIRST TIME THERE. WINTER IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL ICE FORMATIONS AND FROZEN YET RUNNING WATERFALLS. THE SPRING AND SUMMER MONTHS OFFER A VARITY OF LUSH PLANTS , SHRUBS, FLOWERS AND TREES BLOOMING WITH VIBRANT COLORS. THE FALL OFFERS AN ARRAY OF CHANGING COLORS. WILD LIFE IS ABUNDANT.THERE ARE VIEWS FROM UP HIGH ON SCENIC LOOKOUT PLATFORMS AND LEDGES,TO DOWN LOW FROM TRAILHEADS TO RIVER EDGE. IT HAS A COVERED BRIDGE AND A SUSPENSION BRIDGE AS WELL. THIS IS A GREAT PARK FOR CHILDREN TO LEARN AND APPRECIATE WHAT NATURE HAS TO OFFER OUTSIDE OF WHAT THEY LEARN FROM BOOKS.
Hands down one of my favorite places to go hiking in Indiana!!! Most Indiana hiking is boring. This place takes you back in time. You definitely will not feel like you are in Indiana. It's not the most difficult hike, but very scenic. Parts of it are like taking a stroll through the woods, and other parts are challenging. We did trails 3,5,9. We took friends that came to visit from out of state, and they just loved the scenery:)
Turkey Run is a very busy place when there is nice weather. I recommend early spring, or late fall for less trafficked trails.
I'm from VT and perhaps a bit biased, and this was an nice walk, but I wouldn't say it was a hike. It was nice to be in the woods, but incredibly busy, which took from the serenity.