8121 East Park Road
Marshall, Indiana 47859
PROS: Only $27/night. Some Wooded and shaded sites. Great trails.
CONS: You have to pay a park entrance fee ($9 for out of state)
Turkey Run State Park is located in central, western Indiana very close to the Illinois border. There are 270 sites ranging from full sun to completely shaded. We stayed at site #98. There are electric only sites (no full hook up). Cable is not available and the number of channels via antenna are limited. There is no Wi-Fi. Cell service was ok, however, for Verizon users, 4G is not reliable. A water filling station as well as a dumping station are available. Sites 217-218 and 259-262 are handicap accessible sites. There a few sites that are pull-through. The camp store sells firewood, ice, and other supplies. However, the camp store is relatively limited. Check out time is 2:00. The one thing we really appreciate with Indiana State Parks is that check out time on Sundays or holidays is 5:00 p.m. Turkey Run offers rooms in the lodge as well as a youth tent campground area.
Similar to many state park campgrounds, Turkey Run is a nice, quiet campground with trails and wildlife. Sites included mature trees and adequate grass area. There is no highway noise. In fact, Turkey Run is out in the country providing great star-gazing opportunities. The roads and the campsites are paved and the sites are maintained. There is no fancy landscaping but the state takes care of the property. There are several dumpsters available at the front of the campground. We did see families of raccoon, the tent campers next to us went for a hike and came back to a mess and a family in the tree.
Turkey Run has a variety of opportunities for the family. Near the lodge, there is an Olympic-size pool. Campers can enjoy canoeing, rafting, or fishing Sugar Creek. An Indiana fishing license is required. Swimming is prohibited in Sugar Creek. There are miles of trails ranging from easy to very rugged. For the more rugged trails, we strongly recommend good hiking boots. Additionally, don’t forget the water! The trails were some of the best we have been on in Indiana. Shelters and picnic areas are scattered throughout the park with a playgrounds, basketball courts, and sporting fields. There is also a tennis court. The nature center is a great place to bring the kids with live animals and hands-on activities. Horseback riding is located at the Saddle Barn.
Since the campground is spread out and there are a number of trails throughout the park, it’s a great place to bring the dogs. Unfortunately, there is no fenced-in dog park. However, there is plenty of room to add one.
Being located out in the country, there are not tons of area attractions. Those camping at Turkey Run are there for peace and quiet and the trails. However, there are some things to do outside of the campground. Sugar Valley Canoe trips rents canoes, kayaks, and tubes. Trips range from 3.5 miles to 15 miles. Check out their website at www.sugarvalleycanoes.com Twelve miles east of the campground, visitors can go on a zipline adventure at www.indianaziplinetours.com
Restrooms and Shower Houses
Turkey Run has a mixture of pit toilets and modern restrooms. The restrooms and showers were average and very typical of Indiana State Parks. The cleanliness was ok. The water temperature and pressure were adequate.