There are a number of reasons that traveling is important. Traveling gives us the chance to take a quick breather from our busy schedules. Traveling, in my opinion, is just good for the soul. I mean who doesn’t love a road trip with kids (and often times a husband) singing off-key at the top of their lungs to whatever song pops up next on Pandora?! I say that as if it annoys me, but honestly it is what makes traveling so special in our family. The car ride is one of my favorite parts of the whole trip. It is a time where we are disengaged with the rest of the world and engaged with one another.
Now, I know that traveling can be a bit intimidating with kids. It can be hard to find the time to go. It can be challenging to know where to go, what to do, and how to keep everyone entertained. My hope is to take some of the leg work out of the planning for you with my Traveling Tuesday posts. I hope that our experiences can help you make the most of building special memories with your family!
First Stop, Turkey Run State Park! This Indiana state park is found in Marshall, IN. It is about an hour from Indianapolis, IN and is one of my favorite places to take my girls to burn off some energy. On our last trip, we only went for the day. Turkey Run does offer camping, but with the livestock to take care of, overnight trips are not always easy for us. When we arrived at out destination, we started with burgers on the grill. The park has wonderful picnic areas. They provide picnic tables, charcoal grills, and shade. There is also plenty of space for your kids to run around while you are preparing your food!
After lunch/dinner we started our favorite adventure at the park–hiking! Turkey Run, in my opinion, has the most ruggedly beautiful hiking trails in the state. The trails are open from dawn to dusk. To get to the most popular hiking trails, you get to cross a suspension bridge over Sugar Creek. This is always a family favorite! You can then look at the map to determine which trails you would like to follow. I recommend following the trail to the “punch bowl”. It is a fun one for the kids and the scenery is beautiful! If you have young children, I do not recommend heading down the trail to the “ladders” or the “140 steps”. Also, after talking with some fellow hikers, “camels back” is not very visible during the summer months because of the foliage, so it may be a waste of a trip down that trail unless you are just trying to get some extra steps in! I hope that you can find the time to explore this beautiful state park!
Things to Bring:
-water shoes or waterproof boots
-towels (you can leave them in your car, but you may need them after hiking)
-extra set of clothes (there are definitely slippery surfaces)
-backpack (carry water bottles–you need your hands in some areas)
-water…lots of water
Turkey Run State Park has so many other things to offer, but for a quick day trip, dinner and hiking was enough for us! I hope that this little snapshot of our trip is helpful to you in your planning. If you happen to make the trip to Marshall, IN, please share pictures! I would love to see your family’s adventures.