Guide to the Best Turkey Run Cabins

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by Kristin Young | Updated On: July 30, 2020

cabin in the woods with text overlay of Best Cabins at Turkey Run State Park

If you’re looking for a great Midwestern family-friendly getaway, make your home base at one of the great options for Turkey Run cabins, and spend a long weekend hiking, canoeing, and exploring the outdoors.  With several great options for cabins near Turkey Run State Park, we wanted to break down our favorites to make planning your trip a bit easier.

Turkey Run is one of our favorite places to canoe because of the ease of access.  With several canoe and kayak rental companies in the area, all you need to do is hop in and slowly float down the river.  A crew drop you off, pick you up, and take care of all of your gear! 

Read More: Complete Guide to Canoeing at Turkey Run 

After a long day of hiking or floating, relaxing with some privacy at your own cabin is the perfect way to round out your getaway.  From large groups of friends to small families, there are enough Turkey Run cabin rentals to choose from that you will find just what you’re looking for.


Turkey Run Inn and Cabins main lodge entrance

One of our favorite options, and what we most often choose when we go to Turkey Run, the Turkey Run Inn and Cabins really do have it all. 

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They’re the only place that’s actually located within the park, so you can roll out of bed and be on the trail in less than a minute. 

Cabins located on Trail 6 at Turkey Run State Park

There’s no need to l load up in the car!  Access to all of the trails is just steps from the cabins at Turkey Run State Park Inn.  

With an indoor and outdoor pool, gameroom, restaurant, firepit with outdoor seating, and multiple playgrounds on site, there really isn’t much more a family could ask for.  There aren’t a lot of hotels near Turkey Run State Park, so if a hotel is more what you are looking for, this is the place to be!

Right next to the main inn are the Turkey Run State Park cabins.  These are labeled as family cabins, and are a good option.  They are similar to hotel rooms in a wooded setting with four “cabins” to a building.  You won’t find a kitchen or separate bedrooms, but you can rent both sides out and open the door in between. 

For the traditional cabin feel at the Turkey Run State Park Hotel, book the Overlook Cabin.  It can get booked out quite a bit in advance, so try to plan ahead.  The Overlook Cabin has a kitchenette and separate bedroom, as well as a huge deck with gorgeous views. 

If you can get it, the Overlook Cabin is our #1 pick for Turkey Run cabin rentals.


If the inn is booked, or you are looking for something a bit more secluded, there are some fantastic options for Turkey Run Indiana cabins very near to the state park. 

Scroll below to check out our picks for the best and closest on Airbnb, or read more about them below.

Amish Barn Home

It is so close to the top of the list that I’m almost going to call this cabin a tie for our top pick. 

Just across the road from Turkey Run Campground, this 3 bed, 3 bath luxury barn home is about as close as you can get to Turkey Run State Park, without staying at the Inn.  Not to mention, it’s very spacious, modern, and has all of the amenities you could ask Overlook Cabin may be our favorite because of it’s location, but this cabin is a VERY close second. 

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Eagle Rise Cabin

This 3 bed, 2 bath cabin gives you a rustic feel from the outside, but the incredibly beautiful and modern kitchen will blow you away. 

Our favorite part though- the huge deck with a hot tub overlooking Sugar Creek. 

Just a 5 minute drive from Turkey Run and 3 miles from Shades State Park, there’s plenty to do near the Eagle Rise Cabin, or you can just relax and enjoy nature.  

Check prices and availability here.

Guesthouses at Wilkins Mill

Just 5 minutes from Turkey Run, the guest houses at Wilkins Mill are another great option, especially for those that love covered bridges, as this 40 acre property sits adjacent to the Wilkins Mill covered bridge.  With 3 guest house options, ranging from studio to 2 bedroom, there are plenty of options for couples and families, or rent the whole place for large groups. 

Check prices and availability on:
The Main Cabin- 1 bedroom/sleeps 8
Spring House- studio/sleeps 2
Hilltop House- 2 bedroom/sleeps7

Since Parke County is the covered bridge capital, check out the this list of all of the covered bridges in Parke County, or plan a trip to come for the covered bridge festival in the fall. 

Cabins at Hobson Farms

Hobson Farms offers several private cabins in a rustic and secluded setting all within walking distance of  the Turkey Run hiking trails.  With cozy porches, fire pits for relaxing evenings outside, and friendly animals roaming around the property, Hobson Farms is a convenient option for Turkey Run cabin rentals.

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Sugar Creek Retreat

A bit further up near Shades State Park, Sugar Creek Retreat is just a 5 min drive from Turkey Run State Park, and our favorite choice for larger family gatherings.   With both a log cabin and farmhouse cottage on the property, combined they offer 5 bedrooms and sleep up to 18.  Sugar Creek Retreat is the perfect choice for an outdoor secluded family getaway.  The fully equipped modern kitchen, grills, screened in porch, nature path, and outdoor pavilion are just a few of the amenities that you’ll love at this fantastic little escape.

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Gobbler’s Knob Cabins

Gobbler’s Knob Cabins are some of the closest cabins to Turkey Run State Park, so that’s a win in our book.  These adorable modern yet rustic tiny homes are perfect for couples with their lofted bedrooms, a kitchenette, and outdoor grill and seating.  However, they’re also located right on the road at a main intersection, so if you’re looking for something surrounded by nature, these may not be your top choice in Turkey Run cabin rentals.

Check prices and availability here.

No Matter where you choose to stay, there are so many fun outdoor activities between hiking at Turkey Run or Shades State Parks, canoeing Sugar Creek, or even taking a covered bridge tour, that you can fill up a weekend getaway or enjoy a secluded vacation. 

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