Turkey Run and Shades—Same Creek, Same Friends
Sugar Creek forms a connection between these sister parks, where deep canyons nestled in the shadows of sandstone cliffs and peaceful hemlock groves harbor some of the most ruggedly beautiful hiking trails in the state. From the tiny mosses and ferns to the majestic old-growth walnuts and sycamores, lush plant communities thrive here, supporting an abundance of wild life. Deer tracks, beaver-chewed trees, pileated woodpecker excavations and the rocking flight of the turkey vulture are all common sights throughout the year.
These two parks protect unique natural areas that are vestiges of the Indiana that once was and serve as a refuge for all of us from life’s daily stresses.