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Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve: Trail 3

Turkey Run State Park

Western Central Till + Lowlands, Indiana

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Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve: Trail 3

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  • A suspension bridge connects Turkey Run with Rocky Hollow.- Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve: Trail 3
  • A Sugar Creek sunrise.- Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve: Trail 3
  • Bear Hollow.- Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve: Trail 3
  • Wedge Rock.- Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve: Trail 3
  • Wedge Rock.- Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve: Trail 3
  • The narrow canyons of Rocky Hollow.- Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve: Trail 3
  • The narrow canyons of Rocky Hollow.- Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve: Trail 3
  • The narrow canyons of Rocky Hollow.- Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve: Trail 3
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Gorges. Forests. Old-growth forest.
Cons: 
Slippery. Muddy. Impassible in rain.
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Region:
Western Central Till + Lowlands, IN
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
50.00 ft (15.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.70 mi (2.74 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
560.00 ft (170.69 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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On the northern side of Sugar Creek in Turkey Run State Park lies Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon Nature Preserve. This 1,609-acre park was designated a national landmark in 1974. The region is best known for its deep, moss-covered Mansfield sandstone gorges. There are 11 trails within Turkey Run and Rocky Hollow totaling 14 miles. Of the six designated trails within Rocky Hollow Falls Canyon, the most rugged and interesting of these is Trail #3.

Parking in the main lot at Turkey Run State Park, hikers follow the spur trail to the suspension bridge over Sugar Creek. Across the bridge take Trail #3 west (left) following the trail clockwise. Hikers will be challenged by deep narrow gorges, sturdy wooden ladders, and continuous streams along and on the trail. Visit in the fall for the driest hike, or come prepared to do a little creek splashing in the spring and early summer.

These trails will be muddy, slippery, and possibly impassible during and just after rainfall. Check the weather before starting as the narrow gorges do not allow for a quick exit.

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