Join us for an Autumn Getaway at
Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, IN

Next Trips: Sun-Tue, Oct. 7-9 and Tue-Thu, Oct. 9-11, 2018

Cost: $175 Plus expenses (* See details )

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Watch sunlight play with the mist
rising from Sugar Creek.
Hike canyons, overlooks, river banks,
and towering forests.
Cross a red covered bridge spanning
Sugar Creek and 5 generations.


Nestled in Indiana’s countryside, dotted with covered-bridges, discover … Turkey Run State Park, 2,300 acres of autumn beauty.

  • Hike through towering sandstone canyons, rock-hop small creeks, trek along rocky overlooks, and follow pretty Sugar Creek’s banks. One trail even lets you scale two rock faces on short ladders ... exciting, but not difficult.
     
  • Kayak or canoe Sugar Creek, one of Indiana’s most scenic streams. This gentle creek flows through the heart of the park and is lined with rocky cliffs, grand sycamore trees and sugar maples, and is spanned by century-old covered bridges. OR...
     
  • Horseback Ride on picturesque trails that wind along dramatic ravines and through autumn woodlands.
     
  • Savor silence and peace in mature fall forests, and enjoy cliff-top vistas of the autumn-painted river valley.
     
  • Take a short night hike to gaze at multitudes of stars.
     
  • Cozy up in an historic inn built almost a century ago.
     
  • Cherish the friendship of other women like you, who enjoy outdoor fun and exploring new places.
     
  • Venture 4-hours, yet worlds away, from Chicago and its burbs.
     
Day 1
Hike through towering, ancient sandstone canyons.
  • 1 pm:Meet at Turkey Run State Park’ inn parking lot, ready to hike.
  • 1:30 pm: Enjoy 3.5 miles of gentle hiking along Sugar Creek. You’ll pass under grand sycamore and walnut trees, cross a 130-year-old covered bridge, and skirt a quarry and coal mine from ages past.
  • 4 pm:Check into your cozy room (see lodge details)
  • 5 pm: Savor the great salad bar, buffet, and home cooking in the inn’s dining room. Take an optional short night hike to admire the stars, away from city lights. End your day with a swim in the lodge’s indoor pool.
Day 2

•  from 7 am: Enjoy breakfast at the Inn.

•  8:30 am: Hit the trails for 3.5 miles of great hiking. We“ll cross a sturdy suspension bridge over pretty Sugar Creek to Turkey Run’s most adventurous, dramatic trails. Follow Sugar Creek, meander hilly woodlands, and follow passages through towering sandstone canyons and hollows. Climb short wooden ladders up rock faces, walk up a small waterfall, and rock-hop across creeks. Some trails will remind you of Starved Rock; some are unlike any we’ve hiked before. Enjoy trail lunch with a view!

Relish autumn’s beauty.
Paddle gentle Sugar Creek.

•  1:30 pm: You choose how to spend the afternoon:

* Kayak or canoe 4 miles on peaceful Sugar Creek and under two covered bridges. It’s a delightful, gently paddle! Including outfitter’s tip, the 1-person kayak is $16 & the 2-person canoe is $22 ($11/pp).

* Take a guided 50-minute horseback ride through the park’s woodland trails and along scenic gorges. Including wrangler tip, the ride is $23.

* Enjoy the pretty countryside’s many covered bridges on a pre-routed, self-guided car tour.

•  5:30 pm: Walk back in time as we’re invited into an Amish family’s home for a delicious home-cooked meal. Feel free to ask our hosts about their lifestyle and beliefs.

 
Enjoy adventurous hiking!
Dine at an Amish home and learn about their culture.
Discover trail treasures and treasured friendships.
Day 3
  • From 7 am:Eat a yummy breakfast at the inn.
  • 8:30 am: Enjoy our last 1.2-mile hike as it winds amid stands of evergreens, through gorgeous canyons, and past pretty views of Sugar Creek.
  • 11 am: Head for home, with great memories, photos, friendships, and a sense of accomplishment. If you have time, tour the countryside and covered bridges before leaving this pretty area.
Our historic lodge welcomes you to:
  • Relax in the heated indoor pool from 10 am to 11 pm.
  • Read, chat, and join group games by the large fireplace.
  • Befriend a rocking chair on the sheltered balcony.
  • Savor the inn’s down-home Indiana cooking.
  • Enjoy rooms with full bath, coffeemaker, TV, hair dryer, alarm clock, lotion/shampoo, and WiFi. While rooms aren?t equipped with microwaves or refrigerators, you may order a mini-fridge for your stay for $20.

We’ve chosen rooms in the inn, rather than cabins (because of cabin complaints in past years). Rooms are available on 1st-come basis. We’ll reserve your room and you can pay the lodge at check-in. Due to limited room availability, we cannot reserve rooms for check-in or check-out beyond our trip dates.

Room options:

  • 2 full beds ($191.48 for 2-night stay, incl. tax)
  • 1 queen bed ($191.48 for 2-night stay, incl. tax)
  • 2 queen beds ($211.64 for 2-night stay, incl. tax)

Registration/Cost

Your registration cost covers:

  • 2 guides throughout the getaway
  • 4 guided hikes
  • Guide assistance on the Sugar Creek float trip
  • Trip arrangements
  • Amish dinner and tips
  • Gratuities for hotel cleaning staff
  • Detailed information packet
  • Online trip photos

There is a one-time $9 park entrance fee for out-of-state cars. Meals are not included in the registration cost, except for the Amish dinner. We’ve found women prefer deciding what to order and whether to split meals.

  • Just a note to thank you for the incredible adventure at Turkey Run. I had anticipated spending a terrific time in the beauty and wonder of nature, but I was amazed by how warmly the others embraced me, a stranger. I loved sharing such a special time with new friends. Because of your engaging personality and able leadership you provided an awesome experience of recovery and discovery for this little "biophyte." I admire you so much for who you are and your vast knowledge of nature and depth of understanding of creation and the lessons we can learn from it. ~Leta
  • Just wanted to thank you for a lovely time at Turkey Run. It was wonderful to get away and gain some perspective. I hope you know how important what you do is for us. ~Jean
  • Turkey Run was a great trip! I think all the "newby" hikers felt the "regulars" were welcoming, and I am certain all the "regulars" enjoyed the "newbies"! As always, you managed to put together a great group of ladies interested in having fun! I truly enjoyed my time with each and every one of the ladies! Once again, THANK YOU for a wonderful time. I can’t wait for the next one! ~Dream Catcher
  • I swear Trailbound is like a magnet and pulls the best women to come into this group. Trailbound Rocks! ~Ladybug