Explore the most popular waterfall trails in Indiana with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

beautiful place to get away from it all.

Pure awesome is what to expect from this trail. It has a lot to offer. The hills are of adequate size to present some challenge. The trees are beautiful and most of the hike is in the shade. There are several creek crossings but with a little effort you can keep your boots dry. The falls is fun. After ending up there the first day we found it so enjoyable we returned on the second day to cool off in the water. We decided that we would buy water shoes to put in our packs for walking on rocky creek bottoms. Remember to apply bug spray with Deet, pack water, and wear good quality hiking shoes.

Shaded trail great for walking your fur babies. Nice little waterfall with a stream along the trail.

The trails are pretty but definitely need better markings. Especially where trail 2 comes out near the trailside shelter. On the map it looks like it runs parallel to that shelter and the swings further north. There’s a trail marker slightly hidden there that sends you down a creek bed which I’m pretty sure isn’t the actual trail. Then, when 3 and 2 split off there are markers but if you take the trail 2 loop you are in your own for markers until you get to the intersection of the trail leading to campground A. It needs more markers since there are a few side trails that cause you to question which way to go. Trail 3, which was pretty much a straight line and the easiest to follow, had the most markers.

I did use one of the shelter restrooms and it was clean and well stocked. The gate attendant was very friendly.

hiking
13 days ago

We hiked this trail on a sunny Saturday. Trail #3 is a great trail with lots of fun features like the ladders and the creek beds. Trail #3 was crowded but you have to expect that on a summer Saturday. It does have the advantage for much of the trail of being below ground and more moderate in temperature. It was a bit steamy outside so this was appreciated. Trail #9 is less crowded. It does have many stair you have to descend and then climb back up. Turkey Run is a great place to hike with many fun trails. We love to go here.

hiking
14 days ago

Wonderful evening hike with dogs

Cool gorge. Waterfall was all but dried up. TON of spider webs

Very good

Great trail with some good views! With the exception of climbing over two 4-5 foot rock bluffs and one steep downhill climb the rest of the trail was moderate.

Been going here for years and it's still one of my favorite places to go in the Southern Indiana Area! Very nice and peaceful place to go and get away from people for a day or two!

camping
23 days ago

Trails at the Shades never disappoint. In my opinion Shades trails are the best in the state. For this particular trail I would do the trail clockwise (go left when the choice first presents itself). This will take you down the many many stairs and then up the ravine. Otherwise you will be climbing up the stairs and that is NO fun.

24 days ago

This whole park is amazing, but this was my favorite of the 4 trails I did today, fun obstacles! Did with my dog.

hiking
25 days ago

Could only do a portion due to closed trails. Still decent.

hiking
26 days ago

We went for the day with our two dogs. We all loved it and great trails and beautiful views. We went swimming at the beach as well at the waterfall. The only down side was it was super busy at the beach and the waterfall, but the trails were pretty empty. They are a little over grown too. Overall experience was great though.

This was a great hike! Would definitely go back.

Went hiking here and was first disappointing because there was hardly any water at the falls. We left to get something to eat and it had rained really hard. Went back later to trail 5 at tunnel falls and was just looking at it with a little bit of water flowing. Then out of nowhere I heard a loud noise and water from the creek started roaring down the falls. It was amazing and breathtaking. The falls became powerful in a matter of seconds. It was one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen! You have to see the falls after a good storm to really appreciate it.

28 days ago

Best hike at Turkey Run. Started this hike when daughters were 5 and 7 - no problems.

the waterfall is surprisingly beautiful. it's right by the parking lot though. the trails are poorly labeled and don't actually lead anywhere.

hiking
1 month ago

My boyfriend and I went the other week and had a blast. Route 3 has the waterfall and has very beautiful scenery! We ended up finding alternative ways to get around obstacles in our way to make it a harder hike. It took us around 2 hours and had a lot of fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike

1 month ago

All of Turkey Run is great, but trail 3 is my family’s favorite. You may get your feet wet, but it’s so worth it. You climb lots of stairs and a couple ladders, and you have to duck-walk through a canyon at one point. It’s challenging and beautiful. Love the waterfalls and canyons.

1 month ago

Love the hiking here!

Beautiful & just the right length to take my mom on her first hike. Most beautiful after a rainfall so one can see the waterfall in action.

My husband and I stopped at a campsite in Hoosier on the way back from Shawnee and the camp host told us we HAD to hike this while we were in the area. She was right! This was an amazing hike and although the trail is on the shorter side, you can spend hours here checking out the caves, waterfalls, streams and rock formations. Unfortunately the falls were kind of a trickle when we were there, but that made the streams fairly dry which isolated little pools full of life, there were fish, crayfish, salamanders. Absolutely take the little optional loop halfway through which takes you to an awesome cave.

trail running
1 month ago

Great trails. Well maintained. The bridges, wooden stairs, and decking were in good repair. Portions of the trail were muddy even on a dry day so be prepared. The scenery is beautiful.

One issue I had with the park was that trail signs are inconsistent. They will provide info for hikers going in one direction but not the reverse.

Now as for Alltrails map, there is a problem with the route. It seems recent improvements and restrictions make the loop as drawn impossible. On the east side of the loop the trail route shows the trail crossing a creek (it's about 1/3 of the way down the east side). The park has put up fencing and signs to prohibit hikers from crossing because it is right above a really precipitous waterfall. The fencing isn't too prohibitive and the trail is still visible with stepping stone across the water. If you obey the signs, you'd have to follow the road, which would add significantly to the distance.

The only thing that makes this hike moderate is the elevation change as the trails are well maintained. I jogged when I could and with some side trails and taking pics, I did this 5 mile loop in 6.3 miles and 1.75 hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the creek and ladder portion. Be prepared because your feet may get wet. It’s a fun, thrilling trail.

1 month ago

Beautiful trails and State Park. We did 5, 7, 10 and 3. Walked about 6.5 miles. Not really difficult but the ones down by the creek bed is a bit more challenging. We drove almost 3 hrs and it was worth it. Lots of picnic areas so bring you a lunch and enjoy between hikes. Also has horseback riding, but we spent all of our time hiking so can’t comment on that, but it looked really nice. The Inn also looked very pretty.

By far my favorite state park for hiking in Indiana!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. One suggestion. This trail uses parts of several park trails. You need a good map to follow this trail. I gambled with low battery and was rewarded with several missed turns and about 2 extra miles. One other note the park changes trails for conservation and forestry restoration so you may have to detour. But over all a great experienced with a lot of topography changes.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked close to 5 hrs and 7 miles of very hard, rugged terrain with lots of steps and hills, but a absolutely beautiful hike. We did trails 2,3,4,5 and 7 and saw some amazing views (pictures don’t do it justice). Walking the creek bed was our favorite (even though you get wet) and the hardest! Favorite hike so far and another one off the bucket list

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