In terms of history, the geology of Turkey Run offers a unique view into the past. A walk into one of the ravines takes the visitor on a trip through time when the sandstone gorges represent 600 to 300 million years of nature's handwork.
Mansfield sandstone, named after Mansfield, Indiana, is the main material which forms Turkey Run's cliffs. Many years ago, flowing water deposited sand, then pressure and cementation changed the grains of sand into sedimentary rock. Later, wind and water began to cut the sandstone after it was exposed to the air, but it was the ice age and glacial action that shaped the sandstone into familiar forms.
Glacial ice did at one time cover the north portion of the park. As the glacier melted, the debris collected by the moving ice was deposited. Stones of many shapes and sizes were ground against the softer sandstone by the rushing melt-water. This grinding action helped carve the Sugar Creek stream bed as well as many of the canyons of Turkey Run. Remnants of these hard round stones, called glacial till, may be found in the stream beds today.
In the last few hundred years, the erosion of the sandstone has continued at a slower pace. The gorges are very similar to what was seen by Native Americans and pioneers.
The Miami Indians walked many of the trails that today's park visitors still use. The last Native American, Johnny Green, is said to have died while fishing from Goose Rock. The early pioneers have left traces of their heritage. The historical Lusk Home and Mill site are reminders of early enterprise and ambition. Acquiring the land in 1825, Captain Lusk built a grist mill that was completed in 1829. The Lusk's stewardship of the land preserved the pristine nature of the land. Also, the log cabin museum, located on Sunset Point, was built in 1848. It was moved to Turkey Run in 1918, and the large tulip logs serve as a reminder of the large tulip tree forests that supplied builders of early America.
The log church across the concrete bridge near the Inn was originally constructed in 1923. It stands as a reminder of the religious heritage left by our forefathers. Non-denominational services are still conducted through the warmer months every Sunday at 10:00A.M.
Turkey Run Inn was built in 1919. Over the years, it has undergone changes, additions, and modifications. It has been decades since the excursion trains from Chicago delivered adventuresome travelers for a holiday at the Turkey Run Inn...but the allure of this beautiful facility continues as strong as ever.
Today, Turkey Run Inn provides the comfort of a modern facility with the ambiance of a rustic country inn. Fifty-seven rooms in our main lodge, twenty-three sleeping cabins and a full-service dining room provide ample space for meetings, conventions, parties, and other group events.
In addition, event planners will find more than 5,500 sq. feet of versatile meeting space which includes a large conference area which is ideal for receptions, banquets, trade shows, and conferences.
Turkey Run State Park's location in the West Central part of Indiana makes it an idea location for statewide gatherings.
Take I-80 East to US41 at Gary; take US41 South approx. 157 miles to Hwy 47. Turn left 2 miles to Turkey Run Inn.
Take I-74 West to Indianapolis, go West on I-465 to West side of Indianapolis, take Rockville Road exit (US36) 51 miles to Rockville, take a right at US41 intersection in Rockville, go 9 miles north to Hwy 47, take a right 2 miles to Turkey Run Inn
Take US 41 straight through Terre Haute approximately 142 miles to Hwy 47, turn right on Hwy 47, 2 miles to Turkey Run Inn.
Take Rockville Road exit off of I-465, West on I-465 to Rockville Road Exit, West on Rockville Road (US36) 51 miles to Rockville, turn right at US41 then 9 miles to Hwy 47, Then right 2 miles to Turkey Run Inn.
Take I-65 North to Indianapolis, West on I-465 to Rockville Road, West on Rockville Road 51 mile to Rockville, right on US41 9 miles to Hwy 47, right 2 miles to Turkey Run Inn.
Take US 41 North 9 miles past Rockville to Hwy 47, then right on Hwy 47 2 miles to Turkey Run Inn.
Turkey Run State Park
8102 East Park Rd.
Marshall, IN, 47859