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article number 173
article date 10-11-2012
copyright 2012 by Author else SaltOfAmerica
Nice Day Trip … Rockville Indiana and a Shockingly Beautiful Turkey Run State Park
by Stu Moment
   

I wanted a day trip which combined sinful eating with redeeming exercise. I figured that Rockville Indiana would have a decent restaurant. They have at least two. I knew that Turkey Run State Park, a few miles north of Rockville had a variety of trails and not only did I hike off my sinful eating, I also ended up with a tight rump.

Before the trip, I didn’t realize that the scenery in Turkey Run State Park is fantastic. I was shocked to see rock outcroppings and rocky canyon type paths.

   
We arrive at Rockville Indiana and find at least two restaurants on the main drag (US Rt. 36). We will choose the Thirty-Six Saloon, Bar and Grill.
   
I hear that Benjamin’s “Family Dining” is good. There were plenty of cars in their parking lot.
   
First I want to explore G&M Variety Store. Friends described it as an old fashioned dime store.
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I went right to the toy section … (childhood memories.)
   
I bought some dollar spices. Here I wait in line at the checkout … no rush … enjoying the atmosphere.
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Specials entering the Thirty-Six Saloon.
   
I like the atmosphere.
   
   
   
Look at the floor. There are peanut shells. Thought it would make an arty picture.
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Ahhh. There’s the barrel of peanuts.
   
We will take the main road back from Turkey Run State Park but on the good ole’ paper Rand McNally map I notice that there is a small road out of Rockville to Turkey Run via the town of Marshall, Indiana. I had to ask people in town how to find it. © Rand McNally & Co. All rights reserved.
   
Small road to Turkey Run State Park via Marshall Indiana. I enjoyed the route.
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Marshall, Indiana.
   
   
The Gate. Only costs $7 per car, out of state … $5 per car in state. Cheap thrills.
   
Visitor’s Map of Turkey Run State Park.
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Welcome Center at Turkey Run is nice …
   
… plenty of interesting information …
   
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This relief map is excellent. We should have used it to better plan which paths we’d hike.
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List of closed trails due to trees down. We forgot this information and found some downed trees first hand.
   
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Turkey Run’s suspension bride sounded scary but you’ll find out that it’s well built … just wobbly.
   
Kids will get lots of exercise … but tiny kids will need help.
   
The suspension bridge above Sugar Creek.
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First view of rock outcroppings from the bridge.
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Now I’m confused. I thought I was in Turkey Run State Park. Turns out that the Rocky Hollow – Falls Canyon Nature Preserve is in Turkey Run, on the north side of Sugar Creek.
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Sandstone?
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Plenty of little caves.
   
Natural art forms of the forest.
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There will be plenty of walking up and down stairs. If you’re not in shape, you are about to be.
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Downed trees blocked our path. We found our way through them.
   
Very kid and dog friendly … but mama looks like she’s dragging.
   
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What? … this rugged path has ladders. I did not want to use them. Luckily, they are placed where you can branch off to a different path.
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Brave soul ascends from the canyon.
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We seem to be on a sunken path.
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Water has washed away most dirt from our path. Surprisingly, the stone bottom is not slick.
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Just figured it out. Betcha’ our path is a small creek, feeding Sugar Creek when it rains.
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I had a little trouble walking that narrow, 6 inch wide path located on the right side, half way up.
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BeeeeYouTeeFull.
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Still shocked that an Indiana Park could have such large changes in elevation.
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This wedgey rock seems to have a tree growing out of it.
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Back to the bridge. My friend likes fly fishing and is watching someone fish.
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On the road again. This part of Indiana is good looking even outside of parks.

What a great day … a really satisfying day trip.

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