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  Turkey Run State Park
by deecat

One of my fondest memories was going with my family to Turkey Run State Park. Its name comes from the great flocks of wild turkeys that once inhabited the area and sheltered themselves beneath the overhanging cliffs.

My most vivid memory is of the Narrows Covered Bridge (1882 that spans the Sugar Creek. On the north Portal is a sign that reads: "$5.00 fine for driving or riding over this bridge faster than a walk"!

On a hill north of the bridge is a brick house built by Salmon Rusk (1841) who was given the land via a land grant for his military service.

This park is famous for its scenic hikes through beautiful sandstone canyons. If I recall, there are about ten hiking trails that range from easy to rugged. More importantly, however, are the deep rock-walled prehistoric canyons and the shallow winding streams that twist through solid rock. I also enjoyed the cliffs, the forest, and the spooky suspension bridge.

I remember they had a nice swimming pool, picknick tables, a Nature Center, a bird observation room, a planetarium, and a saddle barn.

It's funny, but I sometimes have flashbacks of wading through those shallow creeks at Turkey Run State Park after all these years!

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  • Written Mar 18, 2005
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