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Western Indiana State Park Tour

Visit the oldest and the newest state park, both found in the West.

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Outdoor Rec & Sports
West View Map
McCormick's Creek State Park , Canyon Inn , Turkey Run State Park , Turkey Run Inn at Turkey Run State Park , Shades State Park , Prophetstown State Park
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With some of the most significant state parks in Indiana, the West will satisfy any visitor. State Parks in the West offer tranquil reprieves from everyday life with beautiful ravines, awe-inspiring cliffs, peaceful prairies and more. 

Significant steps for state parks 
Visit Indiana's first state park, McCormick's Creek State Park . Explore the spectacular limestone canyon, a flowing creek and a handful of scenic waterfalls. Hiking trails feature diverse forestry and native flowers. At the nature center, find a trail accessible to all. Experience history as you climb the fire tower, cross the stone arch bridge and examine the historic Statehouse Quarry near White River that provided the limestone found at the Indianapolis Statehouse. Catch concerts and cultural events in the park amphitheater and spend time at the Canyon Inn

Explore deep sandstone ravines at Turkey Run State Park . Walk along stands of aged forests and enjoy the scenic views along Sugar Creek while hiking many miles of trails. Also visit the Colonel Richard Lieber Cabin onsite, which commemorates the father of Indiana's state park system. Lodging accommodations at Turkey Run includes the Turkey Run Inn  with an indoor pool and a pleasant campground.

Refreshing spaces 
Shades State Park , open for day use only, is a peaceful reprieve from everyday life. A favorite of hikers and canoeists, the park overlooks Sugar Creek and numerous shady ravines. Hike the beautiful sandstone cliffs to admire spectacular views. 

Head to Indiana's newest state park, Prophetstown State Park , where the Tippecanoe River meets the Wabash. Shaped by moving water and frequent fires, the park's landscape features a vast tall grass prairie. The land was home to Native American tribes for hundreds of years and is the location of a colorful battle. Restoration is well underway to refurbish the habitat to what the Native Americans experienced. 

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McCormick's Creek State Park
812.829.2235 |
Canyon Inn
877.922.6966 |
Turkey Run State Park
765.597.2635 |
Turkey Run Inn at Turkey Run State Park
877.500.6151 |
Shades State Park
765.435.2810 |
Prophetstown State Park
765.567.4919 |
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