Turkey Run State Park RV & Campground Guide

Indiana

Deep sandstone canyons and gorges, trails among trails through forests of age-old trees, the beauty is bountiful at Turkey Run State Park in Marshall, Indiana. From the tiny mosses and ferns to the majestic old-growth walnuts and sycamores, lush plant communities thrive at the park, supporting an abundance of wildlife. Deer tracks, beaver-chewed trees, woodpecker excavations, and the rocking flight of the turkey vulture, are all common sights throughout the year at Turkey Run.

You take steps through 600 to 300 million years’ time when you walk through the deep gorge valleys and see the work nature has carved around Sugar Creek. Sugar Creek runs through Turkey Run State Park and is a very popular canoeing spot and three local liveries serve the area during summer months. On the long, hot days of Indiana's summers, there's no place better than Turkey Run. Enjoy a day of lunching, playing and relaxing at a picnic area, or cool off in their Olympic-size swimming pool.

For upcoming events at Turkey Run State Park visit the Indiana DNR site here.

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Weather
Spring 33-76 F
Summer 61-85 F
Fall 44-79 F
Winter 19-42 F
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Nearby Cities
Indianapolis, IN
Marshall, IN
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Turkey Run State Park

You can absolutely camp with nature and take in the breathtaking sounds of the park in your sleeping bag under the stars or in your tent. But if the wilderness nightlife isn’t your thing, you should consider renting an RV with RVshare.com to travel in your own customized comfort and style.

Turkey Run does have a beautiful campground with 213 Class A campsites and two rustic group camps and with pit toilets. RV sites starting rate is $35 per night. The park campsites do fill up quickly through the summer months so plan ahead and book your RV and campsite! RVing is the most loved way to travel the state parks and there are many to choose from nearby. 

Sugar Creek Campground

Sugar Creek Campground is in Crawfordsville, Indiana. It is a premier camping host for outdoor family camping, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, fishing and recreational activities. Sugar Creek offers nearly 48 acres of pure family entertainment, as well as 1/2 mile of beautiful Sugar Creek frontage. Full hookup sites start at $35 per night. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wi-Fi: no
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: dump station, playgrounds, sport courts and fields, swimming creek, catch and release fishing ponds, 24/7 bathhouse, wagon rides

Turkey Run Canoe and Camping

Located in Bloomingdale, Indiana, Turkey Run Canoe & Camping a privately-owned, family-friendly campground that is a few miles from local shops, gas stations and canoe outfitters to help complete your camping experience. Only 2 miles west of the Turkey Run Sate Park, Turkey Run Canoe & Camping offers campers and visitors endless opportunities to engage with nature and bond with their families and friends. It is the perfect place to relax in your RV, rejuvenate, and rediscover your strengths.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wi-Fi: no
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: dump station, playground, camp store and gift shop

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What to Do at
Turkey Run State Park

Inside Turkey Run State Park

Turkey Run State Park, the campground, and the Turkey Run Inn are all open year round. Some other activities may be closed or limited in the winter. Whenever you visit Turkey Run there is just too much to explore in one day, so relax and stay the night.

Hiking the deep canyons nestled in the shadows of sandstone cliffs and peaceful hemlock groves hold some of the most ruggedly beautiful hiking trails in the state. To get to many hiking trails you need to cross the suspension bridge over Sugar Creek, a beautiful feat all on its own. 

Horseback Riding the miles of bridle trails is a serenity you don’t want to miss. You should visit the saddle barn and ask about a guided horseback tour. 

Sport Courts at Turkey Run consist of 2 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts and 1 sand volleyball court. Perfect place to burn off some more steam after a full day of hiking…should the kids need it. 

Canoeing Sugar Creek is one of the most scenic rivers in Indiana and it flows right through the heart of Turkey Run State Park, aiding in one of American’s most loved summer adventures. There are several local canoe liveries that operate through here and also 2 public access points. 

Fishing for bass, bluegill and whatever the season brings through Sugar Creek.

Swimming pool admission is $3 per person in Turkey Run State Park’s Olympic-size pool.

Historic Sites are found all through Turkey Run State Park. You will find a log church constructed in 1871, an early pioneer home and grist mill that is open for tours, a covered bridge built in 1882, and more.

Outside Turkey Run State Park

With so much to do while visiting Turkey Run State Park, you can have days of exploring to accomplish as much or as little as you want! Once you have fulfilled your experiences at the state park, there is still so much to enjoy on the outskirts of Turkey Run. With wineries, canoeing, boating, restaurants, shopping, etc., there are still plenty of things to enjoy before heading to your campground for the night. 

Restaurants

Under The Arch Restaurant

A historic building remodeled with a state-of-the-art kitchen and handmade booths for a cozy, original feel. Black and white checkered tables adorn the dining room with lights made from maple syrup buckets and old mason jars all custom made by the owner. Known for the Arch Burger, named after the historic Marshall Arch, their delicious fried chicken, catfish, beef manhattans and hand-breaded tenderloins, there is a great taste to appeal to everyone.

Type: American

Location: Marshall, IN

Wheel House Donuts

A must-stop spot for creative, gourmet fresh donuts made to order however you like ‘em. Wheel House Donuts made is easy to stop in for coffee, donuts, fresh-made salads and deli sandwiches - a perfect combo was created in this shop. 

Type: Café, Deli, American

Location: Rockville, IN

Shopping

Antiques On York

A beautiful mix of vendors at a must-see shop for antiques, primitives and vintage items. Antiques on York offers all that is eclectic, unique and original. 

Location: Rockville, IN

Sightseeing

Sugar Valley Canoe Trips

Paddle through Turkey Run and Shades State Parks and under 4 historic covered bridges. Stop along the many sandbars and hunt for rocks, fossils, crinoids and Indian Beads. Trips range from one-hour floats to overnight adventures. So, pack your picnic lunch and come float down beautiful Sugar Creek. 

Location: Bloomingdale, IN

Billie Creek Village

The Billie Creek Village Season runs from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. Visit the General Store, a 1913 Schoolhouse, 3 Covered Bridges, an authentic Log Cabin and complete Farm House and Barns. During the season, Billie Creek Village is open daily for viewing of historical buildings and covered bridges as well as many of the craftspeople. General admission is $5.00.

Location: Rockville, IN

Old Jail Inn and Drunk Tank Winery

This historic jail, built in 1879, closed its doors in 1998 when the last prisoner was transported to a new, larger facility in the county. The jail sat empty until 2010 when the current owner purchased the historical landmark with the intent of converting it to a guesthouse.  In 2011, the basement of the jail was converted into the Drunk Tank Winery. Be sure to add an Old Jail Tour and Wine Tasting to your list of things to do when you are in the area!

Location: Rockville, IN

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How to Get to
Turkey Run State Park

Address:

8121 E. Park Road

Marshall, IN 47859

(765) 597-2635

Entering Turkey Run State Park

Many state parks have parking or entrance fees. Here are the basics on Turkey Run entrance fees:

Pedestrian : $2

Includes bicyclists and those on horseback

Indiana Resident : $7

Non-Resident : $9

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