Turkey Run State Park
Turkey Run State Park is a gorgeous treasure nestled within Marshall, Indiana. Turkey Run State Park is home to many historic sites, like the ravines that lead you to the stunning sandstone gorges, that are hundreds of millions of years old. Turkey Run State Park has 11 gorgeous trails spread throughout the park, spanning around 14 miles in total. With so many miles of trails, caverns, bridges, and fantastic historical sites, Turkey Run State Park is the ideal place to go for the best hiking trails the Midwest has to offer. Turkey Run State Park is located at 8121 Park Rd, Marshall, IN 47859. For more information, click here.
Fort Harrison State Park
This 1,700 acre park offers walking trails, picnic sites, fishing access, a Pete Dye-designed golf course, and two national historic districts. Spring is the time to see flowers blooming, summer is the perfect time to canoe down Fall Creek, fall offers breathtaking views of colorful foliage and Winter is the time to sled down some of the tallest hills in the area. Fort Harrison State Park is a state park for many seasons for many reasons. Patrons may enjoy visiting the park all year round, especially in winter since Fort Harrison features the Sledding Hill, one of the biggest in this area. Spring is the season to walk with the woodland wildflowers in full bloom across the park. Summer is the perfect time for a canoe trip down Fall Creek, the major water feature that runs through the north side of Fort Harrison. Autumn brings warm, sunny days and breathtaking fall colors to this, the last forested corner left in Marion County. Enjoy The Fort Golf Course and for an overnight trip, stay at the Fort Harrison Inn and Conference Center.Fort Harrison State Park is located at 6000 N Post Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46216. For more information, click here.
Clifty Falls State Park
Situated high above the Ohio River near Madison, Clifty Falls State Park provides breathtaking views, not just of the river but also of the many waterfalls for which the park is named. The rugged splendor of Clifty Canyon offers exciting year-round hiking and scenery. Waterfalls are some of the most spectacular sights you will find within the park. Clifty Falls State Park is located at 1501 Green Rd, Madison, IN 47250. For more information, click here.
McCormick’s Creek State Park
Visitors to McCormicks Creek State Park can enjoy a wide variety of activities and services in a beautiful and restful natural setting. You can explore the park by 10+ miles of well-marked hiking trails, taking you past unique features like Wolf Cave, Twin Bridges, and the Falls on McCormick’s Creek. If you enjoy horseback riding you can take guided trail rides or pony rides at the Saddle Barn. There is also a picnic area, swimming pool and nature center. Camping is also available. McCormicks Creek State Park is located at 250 McCormick Creek Park Rd, Spencer, IN. For more information, click here.
Shades State Park
Shades State Park is that peaceful place you’ve sought. Located about 17 miles southwest of Crawfordsville (off S.R. 47), it is a favorite for hikers and canoeists. The beautiful sandstone cliffs overlooking Sugar Creek and numerous shady ravines provide the backdrop for your journey through this nature lover’s paradise. Also on the property is Pine Hills Nature Preserve, which affords spectacular topography for those willing to take a fairly long hike. Camping and fishing are other popular activities you can enjoy at Shades. Shades State Park is located at 7751 S 890 W, Waveland, IN. For more information, click here.
Shades and Turkey Run are top hiking……can be crowded….